Oil painting by Joseph Highmore, 1744 (Tate Gallery, London),
which illustrates a scene from this novel
From her signal veracity, which she never forfeited, in all the hardships she was tried with, though her answers, as she had reason to apprehend, would often make against her; and the innocence she preserved throughout all her stratagems and contrivances to save herself from violation: Persons, even sorely tempted, may learn to preserve a sacred regard to truth; which always begets a reverence for them, even in the corruptest minds.
Her obliging behaviour to her equals, before her exaltation; her kindness to them afterwards; her forgiving spirit, and her generosity;
Her meekness, in every circumstance where her virtue was not concerned;
Her charitable allowances for others, as in the case of Miss Godfrey, for faults she would not have forgiven in herself;
Her kindness and prudence to the offspring of that melancholy adventure;
Her maiden and bridal purity, which extended as well to her thoughts as to her words and actions;
Her signal affiance in God;
Her thankful spirit;
Her grateful heart;
Her diffusive charity to the poor, which made her blessed by them whenever she appeared abroad;
The cheerful ease and freedom of her deportment;
Her parental, conjugal, and maternal duty;
Her social virtues;
Are all so many signal instances of the excellency of her mind, which may make her character worthy of the imitation of her sex. And the Editor of these sheets will have his end, if it inspires a laudable emulation in the minds of any worthy persons, who may thereby entitle themselves to the rewards, the praises, and the blessings, by which Pamela was so deservedly distinguished.
Oh Leon, the minute I saw the date 1740 I thought of Samuel Richardson and his novel Clarissa but this must be his novel Pamela which I’m guessing because her name is in the last line. I’ve read Clarissa but I haven’t read Pamela.
So glad you gave us readers another ending…Thanks!!
Thanks, maryt! Yes, you were right – it is Richardson’s “Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded.”
Did you know that Upton Sinclair wrote a modern version? It’s called “Another Pamela, or Virtue Still Rewarded” and was published in 1950. Very amusing. Pamela is a 7th Day Adventist.
An odd little gem of 20th century American literature.
Gonna look up the Upton Sinclair novel…sounds good and funny…