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Moll Flanders

Moll Flanders

by Daniel Defoe

Morality and Ethics Quotes

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Quote #10

This was a strange testimony of the growing vice of the age, and such a one, that as bad as I had been myself, it shocked my very senses. I began to nauseate the place I was in and, about all, the wicked practice; and yet I must say that I never saw, or do I believe there was to be seen, the least indecency in the house the whole time I was there. (657)

Have you noticed that whenever Moll feels like something is really immoral or bad, she feels sick to her stomach? She doesn't need the appearance of "indecency" to know it's there. It's her knowledge of the potential immorality that makes her uncomfortable.

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