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Samuel Richardson’s Pamela is an epistolary novel, meaning that most of the information we have about Pamela comes at firsthand from her in the letters she writes. These show her to be virtuous, humble, dutiful, and rather naïve. In her first letter to her parents, for instance, Pamela laments the death of the lady by whom she was employed as a personal servant but says that she has some comfort to offer: the husband of the deceased lady, her new master, has given her a large sum of money, four golden guineas, and...

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