.. oo. The knowledge distresses Moll because she has had two children by this husband who is actually her brother. She does not know if she should tell her husband that he is actually her brother. She decides to confront their mother and they discuss what action would be taken.
Moll decides to go back to England. Moll’s mother helps her by financing the trip. back to England. Once Moll arrived in England, she traveled to Bath and set up residence there. She met a gentleman with whom she became good friends.
He was married to a woman who was mentally ill. They remained good friends for a long time. This man became very ill and Moll provided care for him during the illness. Once he recovered, their relationship changed, quite by accident. She became his mistress. He provided her a place to live and even made sure she had money.
Moll had two children by him during this time. He stopped seeing her because his conscience got the better of him. He made provisions for their children and pay Moll one hundred pounds. Moll feels she needs to protect her money so she makes inquiries with a banker who does help her. This man falls in love with Moll. He is married but his wife had abandoned him and gone off with another man.
Moll tells him that if he would show her proof that he was really free, then she would marry him. In the meanwhile, Moll moved north in an effort to find more affordable living. She traveled there with a friend who told Moll she had a brother with a fortune of his own who might marry her. Moll meets this man and does marry him. She finds out that both of them had been deceived by this girl.
Besides what this friend had told Moll, she had told the man that Moll was rich as well. He was not this girl’s brother and he was not rich. After trying to live together for a while and realizing their fortunes together would not last them long, her husband leaves her. He goes to find his fortune and he tells Moll that if he finds one, he would send for her. He also tells her that if she does not hear from him, that she could consider herself free to marry another.
Moll finds out after he departs that she is carrying his child. This ruins Moll’s plans for she had wanted to move back to London to marry the banker for he had written to her to inform her of his divorce. Moll learns from her landlady that there is a woman who could possible be of help to her. This woman, a governess, takes Moll into her home. Moll has her baby and the governess finds a home for the baby boy.
This enables Moll to move back to London to marry the banker. Upon her arrival in London, Moll meets the banker at an Inn and they were married that night. They lived together in comfort for five years. The banker, after this time, trusted a fellow clerk with a sum of money. This clerk failed the banker and lost the money. The fortunes of both Moll and the banker were not enough to cover the loss and it ruined them.
The stress of the situation wore on the banker and he died. Moll and the banker had two children together. At this time in her life, at age forty-eight, Moll could no longer have any more children. Moll lived for two years off the remaining money. She sold her house and all of her goods to move to a cheaper place to live.
Moll had reached the lowest point of her life, finding herself in debt, with no money, friendless, and without hopes of a better life. It was the onset of her wicked life consisting of thievery and prostitution. In an attempt to find a buyer for her stolen goods, Moll met up once again with the governess who had taken care of finding a home for Moll’s baby boy back in Bath. The governess bought all the stolen goods. She pushed Moll to her thieving ways, keeping her at it for twelve years until Moll was caught stealing silk.
Moll was sent to Newgate to be tried. It was in Newgate that Moll reacquaints herself with her fourth husband. They made plans to be sent to the same place after they had both were reprieved for their crimes. Between the both of them, they had a good sum of money and with the help of Moll’s friend, the governess, they acquired all the necessities they required to begin their lives together. They travel to Virginia in the Americas where they find their fortunes and they buy a plantation. It is here that Moll attempts to relocate her mother and brother/husband. She does this because her mother had told Moll she would leave her something when she died.
Moll is also curious about the child she had left behind all those years ago. Moll does meet her son and learns about the deaths of her mother and brother. Moll is given the fortune her mother had willed to her. Moll returns to her husband with her fortune. She visited her son from time to time and lived out the rest of her live managing the plantation with her husband.
CRITIC I enjoyed the story in this book because of the life Moll Flanders lived. If found the book itself a little difficult to read because of the style of English in which it was written. I felt DeFoe depicted women in Moll’s class of society fairly accurately for the time frame of this story. Having no chapters and being one long story made the book difficult to get through. I disliked the fact that with exception of Moll, most of the characters were not named and none had physical descriptions. I like Moll’s character because she was a very determined individual, who did what she thought she had to do to get where she thought she had to be.
THEME Living a wicked life can do more harm than good. In Molls life she is faced with many trials and tribulations; each of which Moll handles, in my opinion, very well. There are many incidents though when Moll willingly and also unwillingly took part in schemes and scandals that led to the near destruction of her own life. In the end, while awaiting trial in Newgate Moll does repent for all of her wrongs. I believe this is when her life takes a turn for the much better.
As she and her husband are blessed on their journey to the Americas and together live a happy and prosperous life.