The Question and Answer section for Moll Flanders is a great To provide greater clarity in the summaries and discussions, we have divided the novel into chapters. Use up and down arrows to review and enter to select. Taglines Because of his intervention, Moll's death sentence was commuted to transportation to the American colonies. © 2020 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Moll was anxious to receive her inheritance from her mother's estate and to meet her son, but was equally reluctant to confront her brother. He broke out of jail and left the country, leaving Moll free to marry again, though perhaps not legally. | Moll’s new mother-in-law tells Moll quite openly that she is a transported criminal—which is no shame in America—and Moll realizes that she is looking at her own mother. NOTE: The original of Moll Flanders does not have chapter divisions. It looks like we don't have a Synopsis for this title yet. When her nurse died when she was 14 or so, she became a maid-servant in the household of the Mayor, and learned the same lessons as the daughters of the house. They were often caught, but she stayed free and prospered, until at last she was caught stealing some silk. In America, Moll rediscovers her brother and her son and claims the inheritance her mother has left her. The minister obtained a reprieve from the gallows, and then a lesser sentence, that of transportation to Virginia. While Moll is in prison waiting to be deported, James, who has been making his living as a thief, is also arrested and sent to Newgate. Moll Flanders is a novel by Daniel Defoe that was first published in 1722. The daughter of a thief, young Moll is placed in the care of a nunnery after the execution of her mother. There she met his mother, a former transported convict, who unhappily turned out to be her mother as well. He was agreeable, but spent her money and soon went bankrupt. Eventually she is caught, imprisoned, and sentenced to death. Moll claims her real name is well-known in the records of Newgate Prison and Old-Baily in London, so it is necessary that she use an alias, as some matters of criminal significance are still pending there. She begins an affair with the gentleman, a married man whose wife has been committed to the madhouse, but he ultimately has an attack of conscience over their adulterous affair and leaves Moll after several years and three children. Moll isn’t sure what to do—she wants to claim her rightful inheritance, but she doesn’t want James to know about her past. Are you sure you want to remove #bookConfirmation# Moll gives birth to a son, and the midwife helps her to place the baby with a family in the country for a sum of money. Moll Flanders. Summary. Moll and her husband became quite rich and ultimately moved back to England (incognito) to end their days there. He greets her as a loving son and tells her all about her plantation, which is sure to bring her £100 per year in profits.