Friday, December 21, 2007

Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders

Daniel Defoe

Moll Flanders

"To give the history of a wicked life repented of necessarily requires that the wicked part should be made as wicked as the real history of it will bear, to illustrate and give a beauty to the pertinent part, which is certainly the best and brightest, if related with equal spirit and life."

"If a young woman once thinks herself handsome, she never doubts the truth of any man that tells her he is in love with her..."

"I saw the cloud, though I did not foresee the storm."

"So naturally do men give up honour and justice, and even Christianity, to secure themselves."

"Vanity is the perfection of a fop."

"...sometimes the ladies that are thus well used...are justly cast off with contempt."

"But there are temptations which it is not in the power of human nature to resist..."

"As covetousness is the root of evil, so poverty is the worst of all snares."

"I knew not what to do; it was all dark without, and dark within..."

"But how hell should become by degrees so natural, and not only tolerable, but even agreeable is a thing unintelligible but by those who have experienced it, as I have."

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