Another Pamela, Or, Virtue Still Rewarded: A Story

Another Pamela, Or, Virtue Still Rewarded: A Story

Another Pamela, Or, Virtue Still Rewarded: A Story

Another Pamela, Or, Virtue Still Rewarded: A Story

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Two hundred and ten years ago there was published in London a four-volume collection of letters entitled Pamela: Or Virtue Rewarded. They caused an immense sensation and started a new form of literature known as the English novel. A middle-aged printer named Samuel Richardson became, overnight, a celebrity and the darling of London society, especially the female half.

Recently it came to my knowledge that Pamela Andrews had experienced a reincarnation and was living in Southern California. I sought her out and obtained permission to edit and publish the letters which she had written to her family over a period of several years. I have made no changes except in the punctuation and occasionally the spelling; for Pamela had only a grade-school education, and while she is very bright she could never be called learned. Let no one make the mistake of underestimating her on that account. I quote the words which the old-time printer wrote concerning her former incarnation:

"From the low opinion which she everywhere shows of herself, and her attributing all her excellencies to pious education, and her lady's virtuous instructions and bounty, let persons even of genius and piety, learn not to arrogate to themselves those gifts and graces, which they owe least of all to themselves; since the beauties of person are frail, and it is not in our power to give them to ourselves, or to be either prudent, wise, or good, without the assistance of Divine Grace."

The old-time English printer went on to list the many virtues of Pamela: "her signal veracity, which she never . . .

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