Pamela is the only epistolary novel I have read until Evelina and I imagine that is the case with most of us. Besides the same mode of writing both works have similar protagonists, in that they are young girls largely uninformed of higher society life. That being said, it is only natural to look at the two works side by side to a certain extent. Which character to you find more likable and why?
Specifically for Evelina I found quite a bit of it hard to believe. Naivety only extends so far as an excuse for Evelina’s behavior. Could she really have no idea on the proper etiquette of dances or how to talk to men? If that is believable than shouldn’t have Mrs. Mirvan have realized this and taught Evelina on what is expected? As to Mrs. Duval simply happening upon outside the theater in the rain, did anyone else find that a bit of an extremely unlikely circumstance? I understand she had to be introduced somehow, but that just seemed like too much a stretch.