The novel develops, after the death of Defoe, with
S.Richardson (1689-1761), a professional printer who
took to novel-writing when he was fifty. Richardson
liked to help young women with the composition of
their love-letters, and was asked by a publisher to write
a volume of model letters for use on various occasions.
He was inspired to write a novel in the form of a series
of letters, a novel which should implant a moral lesson
in the minds of its readers (he thought of these readers
primarily as women). This novel was Pamela, or Virtue
Rewarded, which describes the defamation made on
the honour of a virtuous housemaid by a young man.