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Moll Flanders

Daniel Defoe

Character Analysis The Elder Brother

The elder son of the rich matron who took Moll into her household after the death of Moll's nurse was a happy, handsome man-about-town who contrived to seduce Moll through compliments, promises to marry her, and gifts of money. Later, he ended his relationship with Moll by virtually pushing her into a marriage with his younger brother, Robin.