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Letter 14
Mrs. Jervis and I have lived very comfortably together for this fortnight past; for my
master was all that time at his Lincolnshire estate, and at his sister's, the Lady
Davers. But he came home yesterday. He had some talk with Mrs. Jervis soon after,
and mostly about me. He said to her, it seems, Well, Mrs. Jervis, I know Pamela has
your good word; but do you think her of any use in the family? She told me she was
surprised at the question, but said, That I was one of the most virtuous and
industrious young creatures that ever she knew. Why that word virtuous, said he, I
pray you? Was there any reason to suppose her otherwise? Or has any body taken
it into his head to try her?--I wonder, sir, says she, you ask such a question! Who
dare offer any thing to her in such an orderly and well-governed house as yours, and
under a master of so good a character for virtue and honour? Your servant, Mrs.
Jervis, says he, for your good opinion: but pray, if any body did, do you think Pamela
would let you know it? Why, sir, said she, she is a poor innocent young creature, and
I believe has so much confidence in me, that she would take my advice as soon as
she would her mother's. Innocent! again, and virtuous, I warrant! Well, Mrs. Jervis,
you abound with your epithets; but I take her to be an artful young baggage; and had
I a young handsome butler or steward, she'd soon make her market of one of them,
if she thought it worth while to snap at him for a husband. Alack-a-day, sir, said she,
it is early days with Pamela; and she does not yet think of a husband, I dare say:
and your steward and butler are both men in years, and think nothing of the matter.
No, said he, if they were younger, they'd have more wit than to think of such a girl; I'll
tell you my mind of her, Mrs. Jervis: I don't think this same favourite of yours so very
artless a girl as you imagine. I am not to dispute with your honour, said Mrs. Jervis;