Sounds to me like...
Posted by Lillian on August 24, 1998 at 05:46:34:
In response to Pamela I think., written by Margie on August 23, 1998 at 19:02:17
I think that the villian in Pamela was somewhat Willoughby-like -- charming when you first knew him, and later you learned of his character flaws. In Pamela the flaws are huge. I seem to remember that he abducts the heroine in order to force her to marry him, when she refuses, drugs and rapes her. I think she dies of shame at the end.
...you're thinking of Clarissa, another Richardson novel. Actually, the villain (Lovelace) doesn't want to marry Clarissa, he just wants to seduce her, to make her betray her virtuous/pious character. The story is in many ways similar to Les Liaisons Dangereuses. (BTW the BBC made a TV series of it a few years ago, with Sean Bean playing Lovelace.)
Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded is the story of another very virtuous young woman, a servant girl I think, who is pursued by her master, but unlike Clarissa this story has a happy ending: the master finally marries Pamela who is thus rewarded for her virtues.
Don't know if this is of any help at all.
- Thanks! Margie 10:43:17 8/24/98 (4)
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