Pamela or Virtue Rewarded
presents behind me when I went away; for, you know, if I would not earn his wages,
why should I have them?
Don't trouble yourself about the four guineas, nor borrow to make them up; for they
were given me, with some silver, as I told you, as a perquisite, being what my lady
had about her when she died; and, as I hope for no wages, I am so vain as to think I
have deserved all that money in the fourteen months, since my lady's death, for she,
good soul, overpaid me before, in learning and other kindnesses. Had she lived,
none of these things might have happened!--But I ought to be thankful 'tis no worse.
Every thing will turn about for the best: that's my confidence.
So, as I was saying, I have provided a new and more suitable dress, and I long to
appear in it, more than ever I did in any new clothes in my life: for then I shall be
soon after with you, and at ease in my mind--But, mum! Here he comes, I believe.--I
MY DEAR FATHER AND MOTHER,
I was forced to break off: for I feared my master was coming: but it proved to be only
Mrs. Jervis. She said, I can't endure you should be so much by yourself, Pamela.
And I, said I, dread nothing so much as company; for my heart was up at my mouth
now, for fear my master was coming. But I always rejoice to see dear Mrs. Jervis.
Said she, I have had a world of talk with my master about you. I am sorry for it, said
I, that I am made of so much consequence as to be talked of by him. O, said she, I
must not tell you all; but you are of more consequence to him than you think for----
Or wish for, said I; for the fruits of being of consequence to him, would make me of
none to myself, or any body else.
Said she, Thou art as witty as any lady in the land; I wonder where thou gottest it.
But they must be poor ladies, with such great opportunities, I am sure, if they have
no more wit than I.--But let that pass.