History Literature / MollFlanders

21st Dec '13 6:26:40 AM rlkitterman
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* DawsonCasting: In the 1996 miniseries, 33-year-old Alex Kingston played Moll from the age of 18 onwards. (She hardly looks any older when she gets transported: at that point, Moll is 61 in the novel, and so far as the miniseries' chronology makes sense, she ought to be about 50.)

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* DawsonCasting: In the 1996 miniseries, 33-year-old Alex Kingston AlexKingston played Moll from the age of 18 onwards. (She hardly looks any older when she gets transported: at that point, Moll is 61 in the novel, and so far as the miniseries' chronology makes sense, she ought to be about 50.)
26th Nov '13 12:41:53 PM leraluna
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* DirectLineToTheAuthor: "Written from her own Memorandums".



* DirectLineToTheAuthor: "Written from her own Memorandums".



* LongLostRelative: [[spoiler: Moll's mother is...[[BrotherSisterIncest her mother in law.]]

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* LongLostRelative: [[spoiler: Moll's [[spoiler:Moll's mother is...[[BrotherSisterIncest her mother in law.]] ]]



* OutlawCouple: [[spoiler:Ironically, when they reunite at the end of the novel [[LoveRedeems she and her husband both become repentant of their crimes.]]

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* OutlawCouple: [[spoiler:Ironically, when they reunite at the end of the novel [[LoveRedeems she and her husband both become repentant of their crimes.]] ]]
25th Nov '13 12:39:12 PM leraluna
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25th Nov '13 12:02:23 PM leraluna
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* BirdsOfAFeather: Moll and her husband from Lancashire.


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* DiabolusExMachina: ''Constantly''.
* DrivenToSuicide: Moll's third husband after he learns [[spoiler: he's her long lost brother]]. He survives, though.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Almost everyone of Moll's husbands, her wet-nurse, her best friend, her mother...
25th Nov '13 11:11:52 AM leraluna
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* IWasQuiteALooker: Moll makes it clear often enough.
* LongLostRelative: [[spoiler: Moll's mother is...[[BrotherSisterIncest her mother in law.]]



* MissingMom: Moll's mother abandoned her and Moll herself is a missing mom for most of her children.



* SurpriseIncest
* UnreliableNarrator

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* SurpriseIncest
SurpriseIncest: [[spoiler: Moll finally discovers her long-lost mother. Unfortunately, Moll's mother is also...her mother-in-law. Oops.]]
* UnreliableNarratorUnreliableNarrator: This is an early case of a narrator who is unreliable on more than one plane. Superficially, Moll puts herself in the best possible light no matter what, either by glossing over the enormousness of her crimes or by blaming the victims, but her story is also logically inconsistent and ahistorical. She leaves her purportedly well-loved children in Colchester in the 1640s - in other words, in a war zone - to traipse off to America on a whim. Her "older brother", with whom she inadvertently commits incest and has a child, must be younger than her if her mother's story is true. Despite living in London in the 1660s, she does not recall the Plague, the Dutch invasion, or the Great Fire.




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* WealthyEverAfter
24th Nov '13 1:28:22 PM leraluna
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* GoldDigger: The Book.
** In a hilarious fashion, she marries a supposedly rich Catholic man, who turns out to be a GoldDigger ''himself''. Naturally, they split up.


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* SettleForSibling: Moll is seduced by her young master but marries his younger brother.


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* SurpriseIncest


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* TheVamp: Oh, Moll.
25th Sep '13 11:31:27 AM Godzillawolf
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* BrotherSisterIncest

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* BrotherSisterIncestTheAtoner: As the title says, Moll[[spoiler:, and her husband,]] both become this in the end.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:Moll, after a life time of hardships, not only becomes genuinely repentant of her actions, but is HappilyMarried, reconciled with her son, and a wealthy gentlewoman by legitimate means.]]
* BrotherSisterIncest: Though to be fair, they didn't know they were siblings at the time.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Even when she's a master thief, Moll can never bring herself to murder anyone.



* OutlawCouple

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* OutlawCoupleOutlawCouple: [[spoiler:Ironically, when they reunite at the end of the novel [[LoveRedeems she and her husband both become repentant of their crimes.]]



* RedemptionEarnsLife: Moll's finally becoming genuinely repentant for her actions, and the steps she takes to do so, ultimately save her life from the gallows.




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* VillainProtagonist: For a portion of the novel when Moll is a master thief.
14th Mar '13 4:43:23 PM wootzits
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* DawsonsCasting: in the 1996 miniseries, 33-year-old Alex Kingston played Moll from the age of 18 onwards. (She hardly looks any older when she gets transported: at that point, Moll is 61 in the novel, and so far as the miniseries' chronology makes sense, she ought to be about 50.)

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* DawsonsCasting: in DawsonCasting: In the 1996 miniseries, 33-year-old Alex Kingston played Moll from the age of 18 onwards. (She hardly looks any older when she gets transported: at that point, Moll is 61 in the novel, and so far as the miniseries' chronology makes sense, she ought to be about 50.)
14th Mar '13 4:42:24 PM wootzits
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* GuileHero: Moll.


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* NoNameGiven: Almost all characters.


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* RagsToRiches: And to rags again and to riches again, and so on and so forth.
18th Feb '13 6:51:38 AM Makhno
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!!Adaptations provide examples of:
* DawsonsCasting: in the 1996 miniseries, 33-year-old Alex Kingston played Moll from the age of 18 onwards. (She hardly looks any older when she gets transported: at that point, Moll is 61 in the novel, and so far as the miniseries' chronology makes sense, she ought to be about 50.)
* SettingUpdate: The 1996 miniseries shifts the setting, just a few decades into the Restoration period. The novel ends in 1683, from which one can work backwards and see that Moll is born in 1614, first goes to London in the late 1630s, and is transported in 1675. In the early scenes in Colchester, the miniseries does look as if it's set in the early-to-mid 17th century - but it turns out that's just due to Colchester being a backwater. The moment she goes up to London, everybody's dressed in Restoration finery, and she attends a performance of ''The Country Wife'', first staged in 1675; shortly before being transported, she goes back to the theatre to see ''The Way of the World'' (1700).
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