He could not desire the star and find solace in the glow-worm—pursue Isolde and lag by the way with Moll Flanders.
He has achieved by accident that which the author of 'Moll Flanders' achieved by art.
With the exception of Moll Flanders, these last two are more vitalised than any personages Defoe invented.
Moll Flanders is a low, cunning, thoroughly bad woman, and her life is placed quite bare before the reader.
Defoe's sometimes troublesome skill with narrative voices is, in the Life, a shadow of the competence displayed in Moll Flanders.
Why—simply to read the history of Moll Flanders, a copy of which enticing work the old woman had in her possession!!
To any one acquainted with "Moll Flanders" this seems a strange statement.