“… in comes my young master! Good Sirs! How as I frightened! I went to hide the Letter in my Bosom…”
“I Broke off abruptly my last Letter; for I fear’d he was coming; and so it happen’d. I thrust the Letter into my Bosom, and took up my Work…”
Although Squire B does enter Pamela’s dressing room unannounced, she always unsuccessfully tries to hide the letters inside her bust quite clumsily and in the presence of Squire B, therefore giving an opportunity for Squire B to be titillated. Do these moments accentuate the invasion of space by Squire B and his inappropriate behaviors? Or do they reveal Pamela’s conscious or unconscious desire to attract Squire B and create erotic situations for herself?
“He by Force kissed my neck and Lips and said, Who ever blamed Lucretia, but the Ravisher only? … May I, said I, Lucretia like, justify myself with my Death, if I am used barbarously?”
“O my good Girl! Said he, tauntingly, you are well read, I see; and we shall make out between us, before we have done, a pretty Story in Romance, I warrant ye!”
What is the significance of the allusion to the tale of Lucretia? Also, what is the significance of the different ways Squire B and Pamela interpreted the outcome of Lucretia’s rape?
“… Then they all set up a great Laugh. I know what I could have said, if I durst. But they are Ladies – and Ladies may say any thing.
The “Ladies” can “say any thing,” but Pamela can only voice her true thoughts only through her letters. What do you think of the novel’s epistolary form? And what is the relationship between Pamela’s agency and the novel’s form?
How would you view Pamela’s agency if the novel was in a form of a diary?