- Clarissa writes to Anna from her new lodgings in London.
- Everything's cool, but old widow who's renting the place out
has an "odd winking eye." BAD SIGN.
- The widow Sinclair has a relative who will be filling in as
a servant until Clarissa can get her old servant Hannah back. This servant has
the best name ever: Dorcas.
- Okay, so Mrs. Sinclair's place is actually a whorehouse.
- Besides Dorcas, the prostitutes who live there are named
Polly Horton and Sally Morton. It's like they're straight out of a Dr. Seuss
- Polly, Sally, and Dorcas are nice enough, but they're
definitely giving Lovelace some funny looks.
- At least they seem to be readers of moral literature. Oh,
wait, Lovelace planted some second-hand books around to make them look like
they read moral books. That's not sketchy at all.
- Y'know those funny looks the girls seem to be giving
Lovelace? Well, they've all slept with him.
- Actually, they used to be fine upstanding citizens before
Lovelace came along.
- All of this makes Clarissa pretty uneasy, but it's even
worse that Lovelace is insisting that they're "married." No separate
room for you, Clarissa!
- Lovelace invites all his bros over for some fun times at the
brothel. No, not like that. It's about as innocent of a brothel party as
- Clarissa still leaves the group, disgusted, but she manages
to check out all of Lovelace's buddies.
- The guys are Mowbray, Belton, Tourville, and a classy
heiress named Miss Partington. Don't even ask what she's doing with this band
- Oh, and there's Belford, who's been corresponding with
Lovelace. Clarissa notices that he seems like the most decent dude.
- Lovelace is up to his tricks again. He gets a buddy of his
to pretend he's a house broker named Captain Mennell.
- It's extra sketchy because Lovelace has no intentions of
finding Clarissa a decent place outside of the brothel.
- In the meantime, Clarissa's cousin writes her a letter. That
would be Colonel Morden, who is pretty much one of the only trustworthy men in
Clarissa's life at this point.
- Groan. Looks like Morden thinks Clarissa's option is to—say
it with us now—marry Solmes. So he's not much help.
- Looks like Mommy's mad. That would be Anna's mom, who
forbids Clarissa from writing to Anna.
- Ever the good girl, Clarissa agrees. But Anna doesn't plan to
- Using her beau, Mr. Hickman, as a front, Anna continues
writing to Clarissa. She also calls Lovelace Beelzebub. Guess the bloom is off
- Even though most of Lovelace's friends are jerks, they still
think Clarissa is getting a raw deal.
- They write Lovelace to tell him to cut it out, but he's not
really paying attention.
- Anna to the rescue, once again. She writes to Clarissa's old
nurse, Mrs. Norton, to beg her to reconcile Clarissa and her family.
- Mrs. Norton is like, "Nope." But she also writes
back to Anna to say that she hopes Clarissa is still a virgin.