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Chris DeMuth February 15 2001 Moll Flanders Conniving Language Moll is indicted for felony and burglary for the alleged stealing of two pieces of silk valued at 46 She pleads not guilty at the arraignment yet Molls comments regarding the situation lend themselves to speculation as to the validity of her argument Moll addresses the reader and justifies I pleaded that I stole nothing they had lost nothing 215 Molls language is interesting because she chooses the word pleaded which can be read in different ways both positive and negative but in this case Moll begs forgiveness in order to rid the charges she faces As Molls integrity is constantly in debate her history as a thief suggests that she is lying to save herself The word pleaded however also demonstrates Molls desperate attempt to convince her accusers that she is in fact telling the truth Moll continues to establish her innocence by declaring that she went in with design to buy stating that she entered the shop to buy herself two clothes silk Her reputation as a thief however suggests otherwise The fact that she entered with design to buy is suspect in that a design does not rule out the possibility that she did indeed intend to purchase the silk but later decides that it is easier to leave free of charge Here Molls diction is questionable because she uses words that can be easily interpreted the wrong way yet her argument has no holes and is persuasive at the same time Molls language continues to be open to discussion yet credible as she pleads further in her own defense She presents a hypothetical situation If seeing nobody in the house I had taken any of them up in my hand it could not be concluded that I intended to steal them 215 This statement appears to be wary since she begins her explanation with if a word that often
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