Moll Flanders Parts 8-10 - Adventures in Crime

Daniel Defoe

Parts 8-10 - Adventures in Crime

Part Eight: Early Success
After the banker died, Moll sold most of her possessions and took rooms in a cheap boarding house. She managed to live there for about a year by stretching out her savings, but she came perilously close to complete impoverishment. In her misery, she took to reciting a prayer, “Give me not poverty lest I steal.” Despite her appeals to God, she was soon subjected to a temptation that she found impossible to resist.

While wandering around the city, she passed a shop and spied a white bundle lying on a stool. Realizing that nobody in the shop was watching, she snatched the bundle without attracting notice from any of the clerks. After she arrived home and found...

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