LETTER XVII. Lovelace, to Belford.-Begs he will wait on

the lady, and induce her to write but four words to him,

signifying the church and the day. Is now resolved on

wedlock. Curses his plots and contrivances; which all end,

he says, in one grand plot upon himself


LETTER XVIII. Belford, to Lovelace. In answer.-Refuses

to undertake for him, unless he can be sure of his honour.

Why he doubts it


LETTER XIX. Lovelace. In reply.-Corses him for scrupu-

lousness. Is in earnest to marry. After one more letter of

entreaty to her, if she keep sullen silence, she must take the



LETTER XX. Lovelace, to Clarissa.—Once more earnestly en-


treats her to meet him at the altar. Not to be forbidden

coming, he will take for leave to come


LETTER XXI. Lovelace, to Patrick M‘Donald.-Ordering him

to visit the lady, and instructing him what to say, and how to

behave to her

• 91-93

LETTER XXII. To the same; as Captain Tomlinson.—Calcu-

lated to be shown to the lady, as in confidence


LETTER XXIII. M'Donald, to Lovelace.-Goes to attend the

lady according to direction. Finds the house in an uproar; and

the lady escaped....


LETTER XXIV. Mowbray, to Lovelace. With the same news 97

LETTER XXV. Belford, to Lovelace.---Ample particulars of the

lady's escape. Makes serious reflections on the distress she

must be in; and on his (Lovelace's) ungrateful usage of her.

What he takes the sum of religion..


LETTER XXVI. Lovelace, to Belford.—Runs into affected

levity and ridicule, yet at last owns all his gayety but counter-

feit. Regrets his baseness to the lady. Inveighs against the

women for their instigations. Will still marry her, if she can

be found out. One misfortune seldom comes alone; Lord M.

is recovering. He had bespoken mourning for him.... 110–118

LETTER XXVII. Clarissa, to Miss Howe.Writes with in-

coherence, to inquire after her health. Lets her know whi-

ther to direct to her. But forgets, in her rambling, her pri-

vate address. By which means her letter falls into the hands

of Miss Howe's mother ......


LETTER XXVIII. Miss Howe, to Clarissa.—Reproaches her

for making all her friends unhappy. Forbids her to write any

more to her daughter..


LETTER XXIX. Clarissa's meek reply.


LETTER XXX. Clarissa, to Hannah Burton


LETTER XXXI. Hannah Burton. In answer .....


LETTER XXXII. Clarissa, to Mrs. Norton.--Excuses her long

silence. Asks her a question, with a view to detect Lovelace.

Hints at his ungratefnl villany. Self-recriminations · . 126-127

LETTER XXXIII.. Mrs. Norton, to Clarissa.--Answers her

question. Inveighs against Lovelace. Hopes she has escaped

with her honour. Consoles her by a brief relation of her own

case, and from motives truly pious



LETTER XXXIV. Clarissa, to Lady Betty Lawrance.-Re-

quests an answer to three questions, with a view farther to

detect Lovelace.


LETTER XXXV. Lady Betty, to Clarissa.—Answers her ques-

tions. In the kindest manner offers to mediate between her

nephew and her.......


LETTER XXXVI. XXXVII. Clarissa, to Mrs. Hodges, her

uncle Harlowe's housekeeeper ; with a view of still farther

detecting Lovelace.—Mrs. Hodges's answer ........ · 137--139

LETTER XXXVIII. Clarissa, to Lady Betty Lawrance.--Ac-

quaints her with her nephew's baseness. Charitably wishes

his reformation ; but utterly, and from principle, rejects



LETTER XXXIX. Clarissa, to Mrs. Norton.--Is comforted by

her kind soothings.. Wishes she had been her child. Will not

allow her to come up to her; why. Some account of the

people she is with; and of a worthy woman, Mrs. Lovick,

who lodges in the bouse. Briefly hints to her the vile usage

she has received from Lovelace


LETTER XL. Mrs. Norton, to Clarissa.- Inveighs against Love-

lace. Wishes Miss Howe might be induced to refrain from

freedoms that do hurt, and can do no good. Farther piously

consoles her


LETTER XLI. Clarissa, to Mrs. Norton.-A new trouble.

An angry letter from Miss Howe. The occasion. Her heart

is broken. Shall be uneasy, till she can get her father's curse

revoked. Casts about to whom she can apply for this pur-

pose. At last resolves to write to her sister to beg her me-



LETTER XLII. Miss Howe, to Clarissa.--Her angry and re-

proachful letter above-mentioned ; demands from her the

clearing up of her conduct.

...... 157-162

LETTER XLIII. Clarissa, to Miss Howe.-Gently remon-

strates upon her severity. To this hour knows not all the

methods taken to deceive and ruin her. But will briefly,

yet circumstantially, enter into the darker part of her sad

story, though her heart sinks under the thoughts of a recol-

lection so painful


LETTER XLIV, XLV, XLVI. XLVII. From the same. She


gives the promised particulars of her story. Begs that the

blackest parts of it may be kept secret; and why. Desires

one friendly tear, and no more, may be dropt from her gentle

eye, on the happy day that shall shut up all her sorrows 167—199

LETTER XLVIII. XLIX. Miss Howe, to Clarissa.-Execrates

the abandoned profligate. She must, she tells her, look to

a world beyond this for her reward. Unravels some of Love-

lace's plots; and detects bis forgeries. Is apprehensive for

her own as well as Clarissa's safety. Advises her to pursue

a legal vengeance. Laudable custom in the Isle of Man.

Offers personally to attend her in a court of justice 199-208

LETTER L. Clarissa, to Miss Howe.-Cannot consent to a

prosecution. Discovers who it was that personated her at

• Hampstead. She is quite sick of life, and of an earth in which

innocent and benevolent spirits are sure to be considered as



LETTER LI. Miss Howe, to Clarissa.-Beseeches her to take

· comfort, and not despair. Is dreadfully apprehensive of

her own safety from Mr. Lovelace. An instruction to



LETTER LII. Clarissa, to Miss Howe. -Averse as she is to

appear in a court of justice against Lovelace, she will consent

to prosecute lim, rather than Miss Howe shall live in terror.

Hopes she shall not despair; but doubts not, from sa many

concurrent circumstances, that the blow is given 215-219

LETTER LIII. LIV. Lovelace, to Belford.Has no subject

worth writing upon now he has lost his Clarissa. Half in jest,

balf in earnest, [as usual with him when vexed or disap-

pointed,] he deplores the loss of her.--Humourous account

of Lord M., of himself, and of his two cousins Montague. His

Clarissa has made him eyeless and senseless to every other


· 219-225

LETTER LV. LVI. LVII. LVIII. From the same.-Lady

Sarah Sadleir and Lady Betty Lawrance arrive, and engage
Lord M. and his two cousins Montague against him, on ac-
count of his treatment of the lady. His trial, as be calls it.
After many altercations, they obtain his consent that his
two cousins should endeavour to engage Miss Howe to pre-
vail upon Clarissa to accept of him, on liis unfeigned re-


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pentance. It is some pleasure to him, he however rakishly

reflects, to observe how placable the ladies of his family would

have been, had they met with a Lovelace. MARRIAGE, says

he, with these women, is an atonement for the worst we can

do to them; a true dramatic recompense. He makes several

other whimsical, but characteristic observations, some of

which may serve as cautions and warnings to the sex 226--258

LETTER LIX. Miss Howe, to Clarissa. Has had a visit from

the two Miss Montague's. Their errand. Advises her to

marry Lovelace. Reasons for her advice


LETTER LX. From the same.-Chides her with friendly impa-

tience for not answering her letter. Re-urges her to marry

Lovelace, and instantly to put herself under Lady Betty's pro-



LETTER LXJ. Miss Howe, to Miss Montague. In a phrensy

of her soul, writes to her to demand news of her beloved friend,

spirited away, as she apprehends, by the base arts of the

blackest of men ......


LETTER LXII. Loveluce, to Belford.The suffering innocent

arrested and confined, by the execrable woman, in a sham

action. He curses himself, and all his plots and contrivances.

Conjures him to fly to her, and clear bim of this low, this dirty

villany; to set her free without conditions ; and assure her,

that he will never molest her more. Horribly execrates the

diabolical women, who thought to make themselves a merit

with him by this abominable insult


LETTER LXIII. LXIV. Miss Montague, to Miss Howe, with the

particnlars of all that has happened to the lady.-Mr. Lovelace

the most miserable of men. Reflections on libertines. She,

her sister, Lady Betty, Lady Sarah, Lord M., and Lovelace

himself, all sign letters to Miss Howe, asserting his innocence

of this horrid insult, and imploring her continued interest in

his and their favour with Clarissa

..... 269-275

LETTER LXV. Belford, to Lovelace.-- Particulars. of the vile

arrest. Insolent visits of the wicked women to her. Her un-

exampled meekness and patience. Her fortitude. He admires

it, and prefers it to the false courage of men of their class 276–302

LETTER LXVI. From the same.-Goes to the officer's house.

A description of the horrid prison-room, and of the suffering

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