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lady on her knees in one corner of it. Her great and moving

behaviour. Breaks off, and sends away his letter, on purpose

to harass bim by suspense

302–311

LETTER LXVII. Lovelace, to Belford.-Curses him for his

tormenting abr ion. Clarissa never suffered half what he

suffers. That sex made to bear pain. Conjures him to hasten

to him the rest of his soul-harrowing intelligence 312-313

LETTER LXVIII. Belford, to Lovelace.--His farther pro-

ceedings. The lady returns to her lodgings at Smith's. Dis-

tinction between revenge and resentment in her character.

Sends her, from the vile women, all her apparel, as Lovelace

had desired

313322

LETTER LXIX. From the same.-Rejoices to find he can feel.

Will endeavour from time to time to add to his remorse. In-

sists upon his promise not to molest the lady...... 322323

LETTER LXX. From the same.--Describes her lodgings, and

gives a character of the people, and of the good widow Lovick.

She is so ill, that they provide her an honest nurse, and send

for Mr. Goddard, a worthy apothecary. Substance of a letter

to Miss Howe, dictated by the lady

323-326

LETTER LXXI. From the same.-Admitted to the lady's pre-

What passed on the occasion. Really believes that

she still loves him. Has a reverence, and even a holy love for

her. Astonished that Lovelace could hold his purposes against

such an angel of a woman. Condemns himself for not timely

exerting himself to save her

326-336

LETTER LXXII. From the same. Dr. H. called in. Not

having a single guinea to give him, she accepts of three from

Mrs. Lovick on a diamond ring. Her dutiful reasons for ad-

mitting the doctor's visit. His engaging and gentlemanly be-

haviour. She resolves to part with some of her richest'apparel.

Her reasons.

336-341

LETTER LXXIII. Lovelace, to Belford.-Raves at him. For

what. Rallies him, with his usual gayety, on several passages
in his letters. Reasons why Clarissa's heart cannot be broken
by what she has suffered. Passionate girls easily subdued.
Sedate ones hardly ever pardon. He has some retrogade mo-
tions: yet is in earnest to marry Clarissa. Gravely concludes,
that a person intending to marry should never be a rake. His

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gay resolutions. Renews, however, his promises not to molest

her. A charming encouragement for a mau of intrigue, when

a woman is known not to love her husband. Advantages which

men have over women, when disappointed in love. He knows

she will permit him to make her amends, after she has plagued

him heartily

342-351

LETTER LXXIV. Miss Howe, to Clarissa.- Is shocked at re-

ceiving a letter from her written by another hand. Tenderly

consoles her, and inveighs against Lovelace. Re-urges her,

however, to marry him. Her mother absolutely of her opinion.

Praises Mr. Hickman's sister, who, with her Lord, had paid

her a visit

352-354

LETTER LXXV. Clarissa, to Miss Howe.—Her condition

greatly mended. In what particulars. Her mind begins to

strengthen; and she finds herself at times superior to her ca.

lamities. In what light she wishes her to think of her. De-

sires her to love her still, but with a weaning love. She is not

now what she was when they were inseparable lovers. Their

views must now be different

354-356

LETTER LXXVI. Belford, to Lovelace.-A consuming malady,

and a consuming mistress, as in Belton's case, dreadful things

to struggle with. Farther reflections on the life of keeping.

The poor man afraid to enter into his own house. Belford un-

dertakes his cause. Instinct in brutes equivalent to natural

affection in men. Story of the ancient Sarmatians, and their

slaves. Reflects on the lives of rakes, and free-livers ; and

how ready they are in sicknesss to run away from one another.

Picture of a rake on a sick bed. Will marry and desert them

all...

356-362

LETTER LXXVII. From the same.-The lady parts with some

of her laces. Instances of the worthiness of Dr. H. and Mr.

Goddard. He severely reflects upon Lovelace 363-364

LETTER LXXVIII. Lovelace, to Belford.—Has an interview

with Mr. Hickman. On what occasion. He endeavours to
disconcert him, hy assurance and ridicule; but finds him to
behave with spirit

364380
LETTER LXXIX. From the same.-Rallies him on his inten-

tional reformation. Ascribes the lady's ill health entirely to
the arrest, (in which, he says, he had no hand,) and to her rela-

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tions' cruelty. Makes light of her selling her clothes and laces.

Touches upon Belton's case. Distinguishes between compa-

nionship and friendship. How he purposes to rid Belton of

his Thomasine and her cubs.

381-385

LETTER LXXX. Belford, to Lovelace.--The lady has written

to her sister, to obtain a revocation of her father's malediction.

Defends her parents. He pleads with the utmost earnestness

to her for his friend. Her noble answer and great deport.

ment

385-388

LETTER LXXXI. From the same.--Can hardly forbear

prostration to her. Tenders himself as her banker. Conver-

sation on this subject. Admires her magnanimity. No wonder

that a virtue so solidly based could baffle all his arts. Other

instances of her greatness of mind. Mr. Smith and his wife

invite him, and beg of her to dine with them, it being their

wedding day. Her affecting behaviour on the occasion. She

briefly, and with her usual noble simplicity, relates to them the

particulars of her life and misfortunes

388-398

LETTER LXXXII. Lovelace, to Belford.-Ridicnles him on

his address to the lady as her banker, and on his aspiratious

and prostrations. Wants to come at letters she has written.

Puts him upon engaging Mrs. Lovick to bring this about.

Weight that proselytes have with the good people that convert

them. Reasons for it. He has hopes still of the lady's favour;

and why. Never adored her so much as now. Is about to go

to a ball at Colonel Ambrose's. Who to be there. Censures

affection and finery in the dress of and particularly with

a view to exalt himself, ridicules Belford on this subject 599-404

LETTER LXXXIII. LXXXIV. LXXXV. LXXXVI.

LXXXVII. Sharp letters that pass between Miss Howe

and Arabella Harlowe

404-408

LETTER LXXXVIII. Mrs. Harlowe, to Mrs. Howe.--Sent

with copies of the five foregoing letters

409

LETTER LXXXIX. Mrs. Howe, to Mrs. Harlowe. In an-

410-411

LETTER XC. Miss Howe, to Clarissa.-Desires an answer to

her former letters for her to communicate to Miss Montague.
Farther enforces her own and her mother's opinion, that she

swer.....

THE

HISTORY

OF

CLARISSA HARLOWE,

LETTER I.

MR. LOVELACE, TO JOHN BELFORD, ESQ.

Tuesday Morn. June 20. W

ELL, Jack, now are we upon another footing together. This dear creature will not let me be good. She is now authorizing all my plots by her own example.

Thou must be partial in the highest degree, if now thou blamest me for resuming my former schemes, since in that case I shall but follow her clue. No forced construction of her actions do I make on this occasion, in order to ustify a bad cause or a worse intention.

A slight pretence, indeed, served the wolf, when he had a mind to quarrel with the lamb; but this is not now my case.

For here (wouldst thou have thought it?) taking ad. vantage of Dorcas's compassionate temper, and of some warm expressions which the tender-hearted wench let fall against the cruelty of men, and wishing to have it in her

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