by Christina Damon, David Deneroff, Sammy Draper, Sierra Mitchell, Chris Rocco, and Daniel Seo
Pompey is a witness to society, and he lacks emotional ties to his owners and the people he encounters. In Coventry’s text. there is a distinct lack of sympathy, contrary to Richardson’s Pamela and Hays’ Victim of Prejudice.
Lack of Sympathy/Alienation
“As I am alive, I ordered him to be hanged, not once dreaming he was such a Beauty; for indeed he was quite covered over with Mire and Nastiness, as to be sure he could not be otherwise, after leading the old blind Man so long a Journey; but a Maid servant of mine took a Fancy to the little Wretch, and begged his Life; and would you think it Ladies? I am now grown as fond of the little Fool, as if he was my own Child” (Coventry 138).
1) How would the narrative change it was written in the first person versus the third person? Why has the writer chosen to write in this perspective?
2) How are relationships interchangeable in the narrative?
3) Does internality and externality play a role in eliciting sympathy? How does this compare to other texts we have read so far?
“Some few people, afflicted with very ill health, were generous enough to throw him down a few sixpences; others only commended the beauty of his pretty dog; and the far greater number walked on without casting their eyes upon him” (Coventry 123)
1) What is the writer trying to say about the role of money and human interactions?
2) How is beauty portrayed differently than it is in Richardson’s Pamela?
3) Is the author attempting to portray a sense of alienation? If so, why?
Inconclusiveness of Different Narratives
“Her Ladyship’s great Toe engrossed the Conversation for the first Hour, whose Misfortune was lamented in very pathetic Terms by all the Company, and many wise Reflexions were made upon the Accident which had happened; some condemning the Ignorance, and others the Carelessness of the Surgeon, who had been guilty of such a Trespass on her Ladyship’s Flash. Some advised her to be very careful how she walked upon it; others recommended a larger Shoe to her Ladyship, and Lady Frippery, in particular, continued the whole Evening to protest the vast Obligations she had to her, for favouring her with her Company under such an Affliction. But had I an hundred Hands, and as many Pens, it would be impossible to describe the Folly of that Night: Wherefore, begging the Reader to supply it by the Help of his own Imagination, I proceed to other Parts of this History” (Coventry 174)
1) In many parts of the text, characters are introduced, but oftentimes their conclusions or what happens to them remains elusive. Why do you think this is and how does it contribute to the it-narrative? How is this different from a text like Victim of Prejudice, or Pamela where the ending is vital for the message?