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This scene represents Pamela’s great triumph in the second part of the novel. Although her personal qualities gradually win her the acceptance of all her snobbish new relations, her husband’s rich uncle Sir Jacob remains implacably opposed to the marriage. When he finally does meet Pamela, he mistakes her for the daughter of an earl. On discovering his mistake, his prejudices against her finally crumble and he is persuaded to give his blessing to the fait accompli of his nephew’s unequal marriage.

February 2016