It's not like Clarissa is all high-society or anything. She's
that class matters if she wants to survive and thrive in her little community.
Let's just say that Clarissais like a giant game of that middle-school game Telephone.
People are constantly whispering, and Clarissa is the hottest topic of
conversation since Lady So-and-So married Whatshisface.
Even more important than Clarissa's reputation is acting correctly
for her class. If she can stay out of the headlines and marry someone who adds
to her family's fortune, she'll be set for life. Of course, that won't be the
easiest task in the world—not as long as there's a handsome devil looking to
woo her and not wed
Questions About Society and Class
Based on what we know about Clarissa's family, what social class are they from? How do we know?
Is Lovelace of a significantly
different class than Clarissa's family? Why are the Harlowes so dead-set
against Clarissa marrying Lovelace?
Is Clarissa completely ostracized
from society when she runs away from Lovelace?
Why can't Clarissa take her
grandfather's fortune and peace out?
Chew on This
Clarissa is far more concerned with maintaining her
reputation than advancing her social class, which leads to most of her problems.
Lovelace couldn't care less about where he stands in
society. He just wants to do his own thing—and if that involves consorting with
whores, so be it.