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Because of this diversity it has been difficult to know under which rubric to classify him. He was a novelist certainly, but he was many other things besides, including a tradesman, a journalist and a secret agent. In all this he has much in common with H. G. Wells. Like Wells, he is difficult to classify, suspect because of his popularity, and hampered by his extreme discursiveness. Like Wells, his reputation has suffered because of the uneven quality of his work. He was capable of producing such works as Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders and Roxana: brilliant myths that have profoundly influenced English literature.
One day her old friend Mrs Veal calls on her unexpectedly and the two hold a long conversation about former times. They also discuss matters of belief and the nature of life after death. Some days later Mrs Bargrave learns that Mrs Veal had died 24 hours before their meeting: she had therefore been talking to an apparition. Veal BARGRAVE, MRS. BELEAU, MADEMOISELLE DE. ). Born in Shropshire in 1608, the son of a gentleman of fortune, he is convinced that 'the consequences of my life may allow me to suppose some extraordinary influence affected my birth'.
After many adventures he arrives in Brazil, where he invests in land and grows tobacco.
A Defoe Companion by J. R. Hammond (auth.)