Synopsis[ edit ] Moll is born in Newgate to a convict woman, who is transported immediately after giving birth. After being passed around, the child ends up with gypsies, from whom she runs away when about seven years old. She is taken in by the Mayor of Colchester and brought up in his household as "almost" one of the family.
Certainly Moll applied that term to herself, but she did not qualify for arrest for prostitution, then or now. Well, she did qualify for arrest as a thief; in fact, she often achieved the legal limit for which she might have been executed for theft.
She turned to theft only after age fifty when she realized that she might no longer be able to attract a husband. The book is as disturbing as is the case when reading the novels of Charles Dickens or Thomas Hardy written nearly a century and a half later.
I suspect that I will think about the book for the rest of my life.
There is nothing comical or heroic about Moll Flanders. She is simply an amoral if intelligent woman born with little money or position, but with a determination to use her understanding and beauty to avoid becoming a servant.
And, she was determined to avoid being alone in the world without a husband. If she could only gain her needs by simulating fortune and gentility, or by otherwise misrepresenting the facts, it was done. Many of us will forgive her given the circumstances.
The thing we may never forgive her for is the ease with which she Moll flanders the children born in most of her marriages and liaisons.
Moll abandoned them and then never seemed to look back. I want to be precise here - Moll often had qualms about an abandonment at the moment when she was leaving, but she never grieved for very long. You will also be appalled where Moll sees a young girl walking home from a dancing lesson, befriends her, and then steals the child's necklace.
Afterward, as Moll is assessing the considerable value of the necklace, she muses that the family deserved what happened because they had not supervised the child properly. Today's feminists explain that Moll was a victim and then install her in the feminist's pantheon - well, they are welcome to her.
The first three-quarters of the book describes Moll's relationships with men, while the final quarter describes her life of crime; she was a pick-pocket, burglar, and con artist. She preferred the last mode because she was so good at it, "I became the greatest artist of my time.
It is interesting to notice that Moll was especially adept at disguises - interesting because Daniel Defoe himself often wore disguises and assumed false identities in his second occupation as a government spy.
This is a story about poverty before the industrial revolution. In all respects, it seems not as bad as what would come after. I doubt that anything else like this was written in the eighteenth century - if you know otherwise, I would like to hear of it. Certainly, no Janite will recognize anything of this nature in the writings of Jane Austen.
Moll was married five times and was a mistress on several other occasions. Her first and last husbands died but the other marriages ended when the couple came upon financial difficulty and the partners were forced to separate. Divorce was talked about, but the trouble was never taken; so, we can wonder about the legality of the later marriages.
Moll wondered about that herself, but never let herself get depressed about it. Those were different times. You may know that Benjamin Franklin had illegitimate children; but, you may not know that he never actually married the woman we call his wife. In fact, she was married to someone else who had abandoned her.
The folks in Philadelphia just considered the Franklins married and that was good enough. Benjamin Franklin treated his illegitimate children the same as his "legitimate" and always did his best by them.
His illegitimate son, William, was selected by the British to be the Governor of New Jersey, remained a loyalist during the Revolution, and ended his days in England. Remember that story as you try to get perspective on Moll Flanders's "marriages.
These were usually long-term, loving, pleasurable relationships that might have lasted had financial circumstances allowed. Moll was never unfaithful; although, in some cases, that was true in a technical sense.
Her third husband took her to Virginia where he and his mother had carved out a thriving tobacco plantation. There, three babies were born, two surviving.
Moll was happy, the husband was happy, and Moll and her mother-in-law got along famously. The two women got on so well, that the older woman opened up to the younger and confessed that she had been a prisoner at Newgate, had a baby there, and then had been transported to Virginia.
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