Is it hot in here or is just us? Lovelace single-handedly
cranks up the radiator with his passion for Clarissa. While everyone else in Clarissaseems
pretty adept at keeping their lusty feelings in check, Lovelace doesn't really
bother keeping it under wraps. Let's just say that the guy could use a cold
Of course, Clarissa is the main object of Lovelace's lust.
While he's hot to trot, she'd just rather not. It's not that simple, though:
Lovelace is free to carry on a never-ending bachelor party without major
consequences, whereas Clarissa's marked as a ruined woman as soon as she climbs
in his carriage. Life isn't kind to a lusty lady in Clarissa's day. The
million-dollar question is whether Richardson is critiquing the double standard
or buying into it.
Questions About Lust
Does Clarissa ever acknowledge lust or romantic feelings for Lovelace, or is it just a one-sided kind of deal?
Why does Lovelace find Clarissa so
appealing? Can we tell if he's attracted to a particular type?
Does Lovelace ever experience real
repercussions for his lust before the Clarissa incident? How is his reputation
Is it Lovelace's lust that drives
him to harm Clarissa, or is it something else? In other words, is this really
about sex, or could it be about power?
Chew on This
Lovelace's sex obsession is the result of some serious
insecurity issues with women.
While Lovelace's lust for Clarissa is replaced by respect,
he's never truly able to love her in a way that would result in a happy