Moll Flanders, pickpocket and prostituteâa mercantile genius trading in the oldest human commodityâhas been for the past three centuries an enduring representative of reckless vitality combined with unshakable inner virtue. Daniel Defoe manages his story with such skill that our affection for his heroine increases with each astonishing sin she commits.
Mollâs adventuresâpossibly taken by Defoe from the story of some real criminal he met in Newgate, who âfive times a wife, twelve year a thief, eight year a transported felon, at last grew rich, lived honest and died a penitentââis told with the directness of narrative and reality of incident in which Defoe, often called the father of the novel, has never been equaled.
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