altre storie, di donne….Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

The full title of Moll Flanders is a brief summary of the plot: “The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, Etc. Who was born in Newgate, and during a life of continu’d Variety for Threescore Years, besides her Childhood, was Twelve Year a Whore, five times a Wife (whereof once to her own brother), Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia, at last grew Rich, liv’d Honest and died a Penitent. Written from her own Memorandums.” 

Moll Flanders was born to a mother  imprisoned and transported to America soon after her birth. As an infant, Moll lives with a kind widow who teaches her manners and needlework (=cucito e ricamo). Beautiful as she is, she is soon seduced. Abandoned by her lover, she first marries his brother – who dies – and then a draper(=negoziante di stoffe) who  flees the country as a fugitive from the law. She marries again and  moves to America, where she finds out that her husband is her half-brother. Moll leaves him and returns to England, where she becomes the lover  of a man whose wife is insane and who  leaves her after a religious experience.

While travelling in the country Moll meets and marries a rich gentleman in Lancashire. Actually he is poor and they part (= si dividono) to look for their fortunes separately. Moll marries a divorced  banker, who dies soon after. Poor again she begins stealing becoming a local legend. Caught, imprisoned, and sentenced to death (= condannata a morte), at Newgate, she reunites with her Lancashire husband. They get  their sentences reduced, and are transported to the colonies, where they begin a new life as plantation owners. Prosperous and penitent, she returns with her husband to England at the age of seventy.