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Letter V. Belford, to Lovelace.--Breakfasts next morning

with the lady and Mr. Hickman. His advantageous opinion

of that gentleman. Censures the conceited pride and narrow-

mindedness of rakes and libertines. Tender and affecting

parting between Mr. Hickman and the lady. Observations

in praise of intellectual friendship


LETTER VI. Miss Howe, to Clurissa.—Has no notion of cold-

ness in friendship. Is not a daughter of those whom she sọ
freely treats. Delays giving the desired negative to the soli-
citation of the ladies of Lovelace's family; and why. Has
been exceedingly fluttered by the appearance of Lovelace at
the ball given by Colonel Ambrose. What passed on thật
occasion. Her mother and all the ladies of their select ac-

quaintance of opinion that she should accept of him.. ..2438

LETTER VII. Clarissa. In answer.-Chides her for suspend-

ing the decisive negative. Were she sure she should live

many years, she would not have Mr. Lovelace. Censures of

the world to be but of second regard with any body. Method

as to devotion and exercise she was in when so cruelly



LETTER VIII. Clarissa, to Miss Howe.--Designed to be com-

municated to Mr. Lovelace's relations


LETTER IX. X. Lovelace, to Belford.-Two letters entirely

characteristic yet intermingled with lessons and observations

not unworthy of a better character. He has great hopes from

Miss Howe's mediation in his favour. Picture of two rakes

turned Hermits, in their penitentials


LETTER XI. Miss Howe, to Clarissa. She now greatly ap-

proves of her rejection of Lovelace. Admires the noble ex-

ample she has given her sex of a passion conquered. Is sorry

she wrote to Arabella: but cannot imitate her in her self-ac-

cusations, and acquittals of others who are all in fault. Her

notions of a husband's prerogative. Hopes she is employing

herself in penning down the particulars of her tragical story.

Uses to be made of it to the advantage of her sex. Her mo-

ther earnest about it

......64 --69

Letter XII. Miss Howe, to Misses Montague.-With Cla-

rissa's letter, No. XCI. of Vol. VI. Her own sentiments of


the villanous treatment her beloved friend has met with from

their kinsman. Prays for vengeance upon him, if she do not


LETTER XIII. Mrs. Norton, to Clarissa.Acquaints her with

some of their movements at Harlowe-place. Almost wishes

she would marry the wicked man; and why. Useful reflec.

tions on what has befallen a young lady so universally be-

loved. Must try to move her mother in her favour. But by

what means, will not tell her, unless she succeed ..72-74

LETTER XIV. Mrs. Norton, to Mrs. Harlowe...


LETTER XV. Mrs. Harlowe's affecting answer..... ..7681

LETTER XVI. Clarissa, to Mrs. Norton.--Earnestly begs, for

reasons equally generous and dutiful, that she may be left to

her own way of working with her relations. Has received

her sister's answer to her letter, No. XCV. of Vol. VI. She

tries to find an excuse for the severity of it, though greatly

affected by it. Other affecting and dutiful reflections....82-84

LETTER XVII. Her sister's cruel letter, mentioned in the pre-


. . 84-86

LETTER XVIII. Clarissa, to Miss Howe.--Is pleased that she

now at last approves of her rejecting Lovelace. Desires her

to be comforted as to her. Promises that she will not run

away from life. Hopes she has already got above the shock

given her by the ill treatment she has met with from Love-

lace. Has had an escape, rather than a loss. Impossible,

were it not for the outrage, that she could have been happy

with him; and why. Sets in the most affecting, the most

dutiful and generous lights, the grief of her father, mother,

and other relations, on her account. Has begun the parti-

culars of her tragical story ; but would fain avoid proceeding

and why. Opens her design to make Mr. Belford

her executor, and gives her reasons for it. Her father having

withdrawn his malediction, she has now only a last blessing to

supplicate for


LETTER XIX. Clarissa, to her sister.-Beseeching her, in the

most humble and earnest manner, to procure her a last bless-



LETTER XX. Mrs. Norton, to Clurissa.-Mr. Brand to be

sent up to inquire after her way of life and health. His pe-


LETTER XXIV., Belford, to. Lovelace.- Proposes to put Bel-

ton's sister into possession of Belton's house for him. The

lady visibly altered for the worse. Agaiu insists upon his

promise not to molest her

. . 108-109

LETTER XXV. Clarissa, to Miss Montague.-In answer to

her's, No. XXIII.

.. 109-110

LETTER XXVI. Belford, to Lovelace.--Has just now received

a letter from the lady, which he encloses, requesting extracts

from the letters written to him by Mr. Lovelace within a par-

ticular period. The reasons which determine him to oblige



LETTER XXVII. Belford, to Clarissa.-With the requested

extracts; and a plea in his friend's favour .

• 114-115

LETTER XXVIII. Clarissa, to Belford.—Thanks him for his

communications. Requests that he will be her executor;

and gives her reasons for her choice of him for that solemn



LETTER XXIX. Belford, to Clarissa.--His cheerful accept-

ance of the trust .....


LETTER XXX. Belford, to Lovelace.-Brief account of the

extracts delivered in to the lady. Tells him of her appoint-


ing him her excutor. The melancholy pleasure he shall have
in the perusal of her papers. Much more lively and affecting,
says he, must be the style of those who write in the height of:
a present distress than the dry, narrative, unanimated style

of a person relating difficulties surmounted, can be 120_123

LETTER XXXI. Arabella, to Clarissa.--In answer to her

letter, No. XIX., requesting a last blessing · • 124-125

LETTER XXXII. Clarissa, to her mother.-Written in the fer-

vour of her spirit, yet with the deepest humility, and on her!

knees, imploring her blessing, and her father's, as what will

sprinkle comfort through her last hours

...... 125-127

LETTER XXXIII. Miss Montague, to Clarissa. Inreply to

her's, No. XXV.-All their family love and admire her.

Their kinsman has not one friend among them. Beseech her

to oblige them with the acceptance of an annuity, and the

first payment now sent her, at least till she can be put in

possession of her own estate. This letter signed by Lord M.

Lady Sarah, Lady Betty, and her sister and self .. ..127-129

LETTER XXXIV. Lovelace, to Belford.-Raves against the

lady for rejecting him; yet adores her the more for it. Has :
one half of the house to himself, and that the best; having
forbidden Lord M. and the ladies to see him, in return for
their forbidding him to see them. Incensed against Belford
for the extracts he has promised from his letters. Is piqued
to death at her prond refusal of him. Curses the vile women,
and their potions. But for these latter, the majesty of her

- virtue, he says, would have saved her, as it did once be-

fore :


LETTER XXXV. From the same.—He shall not, he tells him,

be her executor. Nobody shall be any to her but himself.

What a reprobation of a man, who was once so dear to her!

Farther instances of his raving impatience ...


LETTER XXVI. Lovelace, to Clarissa.--A letter full of pe-

nitence, promises, praises, and admiration of her virtue. Has

no hopes of escaping from perdition but by her precepts and

example. All he begs for the present is a few lines to en-

courage him to hope for forgiveness, if he can justify his vows

by his future conduct

...... 135-137

LETTER XXXVII. Clarissa, to Lord M. and the ladies of the


house. Thankfully declines accepting of their offered

bounty. Pleads for their being reconciled to their kinsman,

for reasons respecting her own peace. Hopes that they may

be enabled to rejoice in the effects of his reformation many

years after she is laid low and forgotten....


LETTER XXXVIII. Belford, to Lovelace.-Brief account of

his expelling Thomasine, lier sons, and her gallant. Farther

reflections on keeping. A state not calculated for a sick bed.

Gives a short journal of what had passed relating to the lady

since his last. Mr. Brand inquires after her character and

behaviour of Mrs. Smith. His starchedness, conceit, and



LETTER XXXIX. From the same.--Farther particulars re-

lating to the lady. Power left her by her grandfather's



LETTER XL. Clarissa, to Lovelace.--In answer to his letter,

No. XXXVI.....


LETTER XLI. Her uncle Harlowe's cruel letter, in answer

to her's to her mother, No. XXXII. Meditation stitched to

it with black silk..

..... 150–152

LETTER XLII. Clarissa, to her uncle Harlowe. In reply. 152–153

LETTER XLIII. Miss Howe, from the Isle of Wight. In an-

swer to her’s, No. XVIII. Approves not of her choice of Bel-

ford for her executor; yet thinks she cannot appoint for that

office any of her own family. Hopes she will live many



LETTER XLIV. Clarissa, to Miss Howe.-Sends her a large

packet of letters; but (for her relations' sake) not all she has

received. Must now abide by the choice of Mr. Belford for,

executor; but farther refers to the papers she sends her, for

her justification on this head..

• 155-157

LETTER XLV. Antony Harlowe, to Clarissa.-A letter more

taunting and reproachful than that of her other uncle. To

what owing:


LETTER XLVI. Clarissa. In answer.--Wishes that the cir-

cumstances of her case bad been inquired into. Concludes

with a solemn and pathetic prayer for the happiness of the

whole family


LETTER XLVII. Mrs. Norton, to Clarissa. Her friends,

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