The World's Most Annoying Brother, a.k.a. James Harlowe, writes to Clarissa to pressure her into meeting up with Solmes. Way to butt into your sister's love life, bro.
Clarissa writes back a snippy reply to her parents. Nope,
she's not going to see Solmes, and big bro needs to shove it.
Remember, the whole Harlowe fam lives in the same house.
Since the Harlowes are giving Clarissa the silent treatment, the only way they
communicate is via letter. Family dysfunction at its best!
The Harlowes let Clarissa know (via letter, of course) that
they intend to ship her off to her Uncle Antony's house. Good ol' Uncle Antony
apparently plans to force Clarissa to see Solmes.
Because Clarissa's a good girl, she tries to get rid of her "angry
passions" by playing the harpsichord. How's that working out for you, Clarissa?
Clarissa also composes an "Ode to Wisdom,"
apparently in a passive-aggressive attempt to make fun of her stupid family.
Even though Anna is still Team Lovelace, her mom tries to
give Clarissa some advice about marrying Solmes. It's not so bad to marry
someone you don't like, she says.
Yeah, Clarissa's not buying it. Especially after Solmes
sends her a cringeworthy letter in which he misspells ready as "readie"
and value as "valew." He basically wants Clarissa to cave and marry
him. Oh yeah, and he wants the opportunity to throw Lovelace under the bus.
Clarissa writes back and is all, "Nope."
The trip to Uncle Antony's is going to be delayed, on one
condition. Clarissa has to allow Solmes to visit her, no ifs, ands, or buts.
Clarissa secretly writes to Lovelace to let him know what's
Lovelace writes a scandalizing letter back, calling Clarissa
his "dearest creature" and some other PG-13 things.
Clarissa is, pretty predictably, scandalized. No more
letters for you, Lovelace!
Not to worry, because Anna's on the case. She does some
detective work into Lovelace and finds that there's a pretty young thing named
Rosebud at the inn where he's staying.
Clarissa is practically green with jealousy, but she
It's all good, because Lovelace isn't messing around with
Rosebud. Apparently, he's giving her money in order to make up for his past
wrongdoings. Are we the only ones who are skeptical?
Since the Rosebud thing isn't a big deal, Clarissa starts
writing back to Lovelace.
Ever the crafty one, Lovelace proposes that Clarissa escape
from the Harlowe household. He tells her she needs to split before the Harlowes
marry her off to Solmes.
Clarissa says no, but she's getting kind off suspicious of
how nice everyone is acting towards her. Like, really? After all this time?
Yep, she's right. Clarissa's Aunt Hervey clues her in to the
fact that she's basically accepting Solmes if she meets with him. Can't anyone
be straightforward around here?
The Harlowe family even encourages Solmes to keep him from
losing hope. They tell him Clarissa's a done deal.
Finally, the Solmes visit arrives. It goes about as well as
could be expected: he's awkward and creepy, and Clarissa's fed up with the
While Clarissa's out of her room, the whole family conducts
a CIA-style raid to find her letters to Anna and Lovelace. Remember, this is
where all the secrets are hidden!
After Solmes leaves, Betty comes up to Clarissa's room to
confiscate her paper and pens. Except Clarissa's already hidden them. Oh, snap!
Lovelace is still pushing his whole escape plan. See, he's
trying to do it all respectable-like: Clarissa can stay at his family's house
while they're figuring everything out. No funny stuff.
On the other hand, he plans to abduct her if she goes to her
Uncle Antony's. So there's that.