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Moll Flanders a brief summary novel by Daniel Defoe paper by Sara Slaughter Moll Flanders is a story about the fall and rise of a beautiful woman who was born in Newgate Prison Her mother was saved from the gallows because she pleaded her belly and soon after Moll was born her mother was shipped to the clonies to work out her sentence Left behind Moll was raised for three years with a band of traveling gypsies Moll worked her way out of that disgusted that England didnt have orphanages and she was allowed to live with a nurse At a young age she decided she didnt want to be a servant but a gentlewoman Her defination of a gentlewoman was a woman who worked and supported herself not in fact a wealthy woman Molls nurse and a wealthy matron of the town found entertainment in this and Moll was allowed to sew for people to earn her keep After many years of seamstress work and handouts from wealthy gentlewomen Moll was able to buy her own clothes and live quite well with her nurse After her nurse died she lived with the wealthy matron and her family She was their servant but also treated very kindly Moll learned what the daughters learned french dancing singing and how to read and write Her talents and beauty surpassed theirs but she would never have the same advantages as she was poor and of low social standings The elder brother made Moll his mistress much to protests at first but won her over with proclamations of love and promises of marriage once he came into his inheritance The younger brother Robin professed his genuine love of Moll and his plans of marrying her After weeks of unbalance and uneasiness of this their marriage was approved Moll being payed off by the elder brother and because she wanted stability Robin died five years later Moll gave
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