A Defoe Companion by J. R. Hammond (auth.)

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The pamphlet purports to be a narrative written by Avery himself, explaining and justifying his actions. Avery reappears in Singleton, where the hero joins forces temporarily with the pirate colony set up by Avery on the shore of Africa. AVERY, CAPTAIN JOHN. The fifth husband of Moll Flanders. They marry at Brickhill and live happily together for five years, she bearing him two children. ' After one of his clerks steals a large sum of money from the bank he is overcome with worry and finally dies.

Much of Moll Flanders, for example, is a dialogue between Moll and herself (or between her better and worse selves) in which she debates the wisdom of her actions and seeks to justify her behaviour to the reader. The process attains its most mature expression in Roxana, which becomes not merely the story of the heroine's life but an exploration of Roxana herself, her personality and attitudes. In this sense Roxana is a psychological novel, exploring with subtlety and conviction the tensions and drives dividing the human temperament.

Full title: The History and Remarkable Life of the Truly Honourable Colonel Jacque, Commonly called Colonel Jack. The autobiography of an illegitimate child who, after a brief career as a thief, is kidnapped and transported to America where he becomes a farmer. Jack subsequently becomes a soldier and a trader, finally settling down in London to write his memoirs. COLONEL JACK 40 A Defoe Dictionary 41 First published September 1725. Full title: The Complete English Tradesman, In Familiar Letters, Directing him in all the several Parts and Progressions of Trade.

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