- Lovelace is still trying to do his best to get Clarissa away from Mrs. Moore's.
- He tries to calm her down with false promises that his
female cousins will pay her a visit, but Clarissa sees right through that
- Lovelace calls in the big guns again. Since Clarissa never
figured out that Captain Tomlinson was a false character, he gets his buddy to
pay a visit to Mrs. Moore's.
- Even Captain Tomlinson is pretty torn up about tricking
Clarissa. The dude can't even play his part without crying.
- While Clarissa is with Mrs. Moore at church, a letter from
her beloved Anna comes in.
- Uh-oh. Lovelace intercepts it by convincing one of his new
lady friends at Mrs. Moore's to pretend she's Clarissa.
- Mrs. Beavis gets the letter and passes it right onto
Lovelace, as easy as pie.
- The letter has some important info about the next steps in
Clarissa's escape plan.
- Anna fills in her BFF on the deets: Mrs. Townsend can
receive her the following Wednesday or Thursday, but no sooner.
- That should give Lovelace plenty of time to work his evil
- On the plus side, Lovelace finally receives the marriage
license. He pokes fun at all the legal language in a letter to Belford, because
there isn't anything funnier than a good wedding.
- Clarissa confides in Lovelace that she hopes to use her
grandfather's inheritance to live on a secluded estate, with only Mrs. Norton
as her companion. That is, if he ever lets her leave.
- Well, at least Lovelace's cousins are coming to visit!
Except that they're actually prostitutes dressed up as Lovelace's cousins. Sigh.
- Clarissa figures out that they're impostors, but not before
they trick her into going into town. Of course, they take her right to Mrs.
- Lovelace writes a one-line letter to Belford, letting him
know the affair is complete. Yeah, that's kind of abrupt.
- We don't get any details, but it soon becomes clear that
Lovelace raped Clarissa after Mrs. Sinclair drugged her asleep.
- Belford is seriously hopping mad. He calls Lovelace a bunch
of names and tells him to make it right ASAP.
- Lovelace isn't totally repentant, though he does seem sad.
He basically says that Clarissa paid the price for setting such a high price on
her virginity. Not cool at all, Lovelace.
- In the meantime, Clarissa is going crazy. Literally. She's
writing up a storm, but none of it seems to make sense.
- We get some examples of her mad ramblings, which go all over
the page. There's some cool eighteenth-century typography if you're into that.
- (Brain Snack: scholar-type folk call these the "Mad
- Clarissa asks Lovelace to take her to the madhouse, but he
- Clarissa pulls it together enough to accuse Lovelace of her
rape, and he seems totally repentant.
- He says he'll marry her right away, but Clarissa's the one
- Lovelace gets the news from one of Lord M.'s stewards that
his Lordship is really sick.
- Lovelace hopes he'll at least get a good inheritance from
Lord M. That might help him make some headway with Clarissa.
- All the ladies of the night at the brothel are feeling sorry
for Clarissa. That, or they're sick of hearing her complain.
- Clarissa makes friends with Dorcas and promises her a
big-time payoff if she'll help her escape.
- Unfortunately, Dorcas has deep pockets and knows who pays
her bills. She lets Lovelace in on the secret.
- Before Clarissa can try to bolt, she comes down with a bad
fever. She'll only let Dorcas in the door.
- Lovelace gets his old buddy, "Captain Tomlinson,"
to write recommending that Lovelace and Clarissa get married the following
- Even though she's super sick, Clarissa doesn't buy it. Also,
she just doesn't want to marry that dude anymore.