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How can one compare the epistolary form of Smollet's The Expedition of Humphry Clinker and Richardson's Pamela?

Richardson's Pamela uses the epistolary form primarily to drive the plot forward, whereas Smollett's The Expedition of Humphry Clinker uses it as a way of expressing characterization and as a source of satire.

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Any comparison of these novels has to start with their very different tones. Pamela is serious and moralistic; Humphrey Clinker is comic and picaresque. The way these authors use the epistolary form matches these intentions.

One thing that immediately stands out when comparing these two is that Smollett is much more aware of how writing style can be used to render character. The first half dozen letters...

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