However, Moll, in her ignorance of her fate, teaches herself some of the basic skills that upper class women needed to know, as preparation for her life as a 'Gentlewoman'. She becomes opportunistic as a way of surviving the cruel life that she leads. Although this personality trait can earn sympathy, it can also have the opposite effect.
In this time period of history, women of Moll's social status utilised all resources that were within their reach in order to advance in both wealth and class. Thus, Defoe, through literary means, created a character that reflected the women of a particular portion of his society. Two of Moll's primary goals are money and status and she is willing to sacrifice virtually anything to obtain these. When Moll has a physical relationship with her first husband's brother for money, although she claims to love him, she may also have other motives. ' Love' blinds her to the point that she cannot differentiate between reality and fantasy. Each time that they meet, the older brother gives her money. In addition to her being poor and accepting the money out of necessity