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LETTER LI. Lovelace, to Belford.-In raptures on her good-

ness to him, His deep regrets for his treatment of her.

Blesses her:.


LETTER LII. Belford, to Lovelace.-Congratulates him on his

amendment. The lady's exalted charity to him. Her story

a fine subject for tragedy. Compares with it, and censures,

the play of the Fair Penitent. She is very ill; the worse for

some new instances of the implacableness of her relations. A

meditation on that subject. Poor Belton, he tells him, is at

death's door ; and desirous to see him..


LETTER LIII. Belford, to Clarissa.--Acquaints her with the

obligation he is under to go to Belton, and (lest she should

be surprised) with Lovelace's resolution (as signified in the

next letter) to visit her.....


LETTER LIV. Lovelace, to Belford.-Resolves to throw him-

self at the lady's feet. Lord M. of opinion that she ought to

admit of one interview



LETTER LV. Lovelace, to Belford.—Arrived in London, he

finds the lady gone abroad. Suspects Belford. His unac-
countable freaks at Smith's. His motives for behaving so lu-
dicrously there. The vile Sally Martin entertains him with
her mimicry of the divine lady......


LETTER LVI. From the same. - His frightful dream. How

affected by it. Sleeping or waking, his Clarissa always pre-

sent with him. Hears she is returned to her lodgings. Is

hastening to her


LETTER LVII. From the same.--Disappointed again. Is af-

fected by Mrs. Lovick's expostulations. Is shown a medita-

tion on being hunted after by the enemy of her soul, as it is

entitled. His light comments upon it. Leaves word that

he resolves to see her. Makes several other efforts for that



LETTER LVIII. Belford, to Lovelace.—Reproaches him that

he has not kept his honour with him. Inveighs against, and

severely censures him for his light behaviour at Smith's.

Belton's terrors and despondency. Mowbray's impenetrable



LETTER LIX. From the same.-Mowbray's impatience to run

from a dying Belton to a too-lively Lovelace. Mowbray abuses

Mr. Belton's servant in the language of a rake of the common

class. Reflection on the brevity of life ·


LETTER LX. Lovelace, to Belford.---Receives a letter from

Clarissa, written by way of allegory to induce him to forbear

hunting after her. Copy of it. He takes it in a literal sense.

Exults upon it. Will now hasten down to Lord M. and re-

ceive the gratulations of all his family on her returning favour.

Gives an interpretation of his frightful dream to his own



LETTER LXI. LXII. From the same.—Pities Belton. Rakishly

defends him on the issue of a duel, which now adds to the

poor man's terrors. His opinion of death, and the fear of it.

Reflections on the conduct of play-writers with regard to

servants. He cannot account for the turn his Clarissa has

taken in his favour. Hints at one hopeful cause of it. Now

matrimony seems to be in his power, he has some retrograde



LETTER LXIII. Belford, to Lovelace.-Continuation of his

narrative of Belton's last illness and impatience. The poor

man abuses the gentlemen of the faculty. Belford censures

some of them for their grecdiness after fees. Belton dies.

Serious reflections on the occasion


LETTER LXIV. Loveluce, to Belford.-Hopes Belton is happy;

and why. He is setting out for Berks


LETTER LXV. Belford, to Lovelace.-Attends the lady. She

is extremely ill, and receives the sacrament. Complains of

the harasses his friend had given her. Two different persons

(from her relations, he supposes) inquire after hier. Her affecting

address to the doctor, apothecary, and himself. Disposes of

some more of her apparel for a very affecting purpose. • 259–271

LETTER LXVI. Dr. Lewen, to Clarissa.-Writes on his pillow,

to prevail upon her to prosecute Lovelace for his life 272-275

LETTER LXVII. . Her pathetic and noble answer.... 275--281

LETTER LXVIII. Miss Arabella Harlowe, to Clarissa.-Pro-

poses, in a most taunting and cruel manner, the prosecution

of Lovelace; or, if not, her going to Pensylvania 281-284

LETTER LXIX. Clarissa's affecting answer.....


LETTER LXX. LXXI. Mrs. Norton, to Clarissu.—Her uncle's

cruel letter to what owing. Colonel Morden resolved on a visit

to Lovelace. -Mrs. Hervey, in a private conversation with her,

accounts for, yet blames, the cruelty of her family. Miss Dolly

Hervey wishes to attend her


LETTER LXXII. Clarissa. In answer.-Thinks she has been

treated with great rigour by her relations. Expresses more

warmth than usual on this subject. Yet soon checks herself.

Grieves that Colonel Morden resolves on a visit to Lovelace.

Touches upon her sister's taunting letter. Requests Mrs. Nor-

ton's prayers for patience and resignation


LETTER LXXIII. Miss Howe, to Clarissa.-Approves now of

her appointment of Belford for an executor. Admires her

greatness of mind in despising Lovelace. Every body she is

with taken with Hickman; yet she cannot help wantoning

with the power his obsequious love gives her over him .• 294–296

LETTER LXXIV. LXXV. Clarissa, to Miss Howe.-Instructive

lessons and observations on her treatment of Hickman.--Ac-

quaints her with all that has happened since her last. Fears



that passed between the lady and Dr. H. She talks of death,

he says, and prepares for it, as if it were an occurrence as fa-

miliar to her as dressing and undressing. Worthy behaviour

of the doctor. She makes observations on the vanity of life,

on the wisdom of an early preparation for death, and on the

last behaviour of Belton


LETTER LXXXI. LXXXII. LXXXIII. Lovelace, to Belford.

- Particulars of what passed between himself, Colonel Mor-

den, Lord M., and Mowbray, on the visit made him by the

Colonel. Proposes Belford to Miss Charlotte Montague, by

way of raillery, for an husband.--He encloses Brand's letter,

which misrepresents (from credulity and officiousness, rather

than ill-will) the lady's conduct


Letter LXXXIV. Belford, to Lorelace.--Expatiates on the

baseness of deluding young creatures, whose confidence has

been obtained by oaths, vows, promises. Evil of censorions-

ness. People deemed good too much addicted to it. Desires

to know what he means by his ridicule with regard to his

charming cousin


LETTER LXXXV. From the same. A proper test of the pu-

rity of writing. The lady again makes excuses for her allegó-
rical letter. Her calm behaviour, and generous and useful re-

flections, on bis com

ommunicating to her Brand's misrepresen-

tations of her conduct

... 369-373

LETTER LXXXVI. Colonel Morden, to Clarissa.–Offers his

assistance and service to make the best of what has happened.

Advises her to marry Lovelace, as the only means to bring

about a general reconciliation. Has no doubt of his resolution

to do her justice. Desires to know if she has


LETTER LXXXVII. Clarissa. In answer


LETTER LXXXVIII. Lovelace, to Belford.—His reasonings

and ravings on finding the lady's letter to him only an allego-

rical one. In the midst of these, the natural gayety of his heart

runs him into ridicule on Belford. His ludicrous image drawn

from a monument in Westminster Abbey. Resumes his serious

disposition. If the worst happen, (the Lord of Heaven and

Earth, says he, avert that worst!) he bids him only write that

he advises him to take a trip to Paris ; and that will stab him

to the heart


LETTER LXXXIX. Belford, to Lovelace.—The lady's coffin

brought up stairs. He is extremely shocked and discomposed

at it. Her intrepidity. Great minds, he observes, cannot

avoid doing uncommon things. Reflections on the curiosity

of women


LETTER XC. From the same. Description of the coffin, and

devices on the lid. It is placed in her bed-chamber. His

serious application to Lovelace on her great behaviour . 385—389

LETTER XCI. From the same.—Astonished at his levity in the

Abbey-instance. The lady extremely ill


LETTER XCII. Lovelace, to Belford.—All he has done to the

lady a jest to die for ; since her triumph has ever been greater

than her sufferings. He will make over all his possessions and

all his reversions to the doctor, if he will but prolong her

life for one twelvemonth. How, but for her calamities, could

her equanimity blaze out as it does! he Hould now love her

with an intellectual fame. He cannot bear to think that the

last time she so triumphantly left him should be the last. His

conscience, he says, tears him. He is sick of the remembrance

of his vile plots

...... 391-396

LETTER XCIII. Belford, to Loveluce.-The lady alive, serene,

and calm. The more serene for having finished, signed, and

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