By Samuel Richardson
In a chain of letters to her mom and dad, 15-year-old Pamela Andrews recounts her tribulations as a servant in the home of Mr. B.
The infatuated master's repeated makes an attempt at seduction―foiled many times via the quick-witted maid―lead to Pamela's abduction and imprisonment in a distant state residence, the place the not going couple really come to grasp one another.
Samuel Richardson, one in every of England's early novelists, released Pamela; or, advantage Rewarded anonymously in 1740. the 1st bestseller in English fiction, Pamela excited a hurricane of controversy, within which it used to be either denounced as thinly veiled pornography and praised for surroundings an instance of righteous behavior.
Its book marks a defining second within the improvement of the fashionable novel, during which the style by surprise and irrevocably constructed the potential of ethical seriousness.
Three centuries later, Richardson's novel continues to be an enticing story of mental complexity.
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Dialect and other s pecial uses are often indicated by marginal glosses. The first note includes brief contextual or historical explanations, comments on compositional details, and finally, publication data, including copy-text information. Such methods of annotation draw attention to three major sources of allusion among Victorian writers, the Authorized (King James) version of the Bible, the Greek and Latin authors, and Shakespeare. We have given titles only, without the authors’ names, for well-known works by Homer, Virgil, Ovid, Dante, Shakespeare, Spenser, and Milton, and we use Arabic not Roman numerals for divisions of classical and other texts.
For instance, the basement piers, columns, and girders of St. Pancras Station and Hotel (1868) were built according to the measurement of the beer barrels from the largest British breweries at Burton-on-Trent to maximize storage efficiency. The cost of food and the rate of wages played a direct role in political and social change throughout the century. Corn Law riots for lower taxes after 1815 culminated in massacre in 1819 at St. Peter’s Field in Manchester (known ever after as Peterloo). Protests c ontinued, and joined cause a little later with the agitation of the Chartists, demanding increased suffrage and parliamentary reform.
The traditional producers of cloth by hand spinning and weaving were superseded by waterand then steam-driven machines, located in mills that quickly were surrounded by growing towns of ill-housed and poorly-fed workers. Steam engines required coal, p utting new pressures on the mechanization of the mining industry. Further changes came from the transportation and distribution of goods by means of railways and steam locomotives, which transformed both landscape and work. They represented the new ideals of industrialism: efficiency, speed, production, and profit, and nothing could impede their progress.