Charlotte Montague, Lovelace's other cousin, writes Clarissa to say she plans to visit. Let's hope this is the real Charlotte and not another prostitute.
Clarissa writes to both her uncles to make her final
apologies, but they answer rudely. Meh, we never liked them anyway.
In a last-ditch effort to save Clarissa, a clergyman by the
name of Brand comes to check her out.
It doesn't help. Plus, he's kind of a jerk. Like Clarissa
hasn't known enough jerks in her lifetime!
Finally, Colonel Morden arrives in England. He was supposed
to be the white knight who swept through and saved Clarissa earlier, but he
didn't really deliver. Because Lovelace can't go a day without playing a trick,
he pretends to his family that he's reformed.
In order to demonstrate his new repentance, he reads over
Clarissa's meditations. Might do him some good.
Belford may not be the sharpest tool in the shed. He writes
to Lovelace telling him he has to go away to see to the dying Belton.
Lovelace should not, under
any circumstances, visit Clarissa while he's gone.