Clarissa Simplified. By DSTE. This is the story of a perfect little angel named Clarissa…. And a plotting rake named Lovelace. Clarissa writes letters to her friend the saucepot, and Lovelace writes to his brother rake. His name is Belford, and he has a heart. . Anna.
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Lovelace stops by to court Clarissa’s sister, but he becomes much more interested in Clarissa. Big Sis won’t admit she wanted Lovelace, but she did. Also, she’s always been jealous because Clarissa’s such a perfect little angel.
Clarissa’s brother, the sword, comes back from Scotland to find Lovelace courting his sister. He’s filled with anger and violence and has an unrelenting need to control people. Also he hates Lovelace.
Lovelace and Clarissa’s brother get into a duel. With swords. Because everyone carried one back then, which was very safe. Clarissa’s brother loses, but Lovelace doesn’t kill him.
For some weird reason, Clarissa’s family is convinced that she will marry Lovelace unless they marry her off to someone else first. Clarissa has refused every previous suitor. She would rather stay single and pure.
This is Clarissa’s father and mother
I’m a bit trodden upon…
I am all powerful! All must obey!
(She’s also got an aunt and a couple of uncles, but they’re not all that important)
Lovelace continues to pursue Clarissa. This makes her family mad. They insist she marry the man they’ve chosen for her. She doesn’t like him. At all.
I only answer his letters to be polite.
I will have her!
You will marry him!
I’d rather not…
Naughty girl! You must obey your father! (Even though this was all my idea)
I can’t marry a man I hate. But I am a good girl, really!
Clarissa’s family punishes her by forbidding her to write letters, even to her bestest friend in the entire world, receive visits, or leave the house.
I can’t even go to church! Isn’t that the most tragic thing you’ve ever heard?
But I’d be miserable forever!
You must obey!
You love Lovelace, don’t you? Admit it!
20 letters later….
I, Joseph Lemon, servant to Clarissa’s family, will keep the entire family turned against her. Because I believe you completely when you say that it will be the best thing for Clarissa in the end!
And so it continues. On and on and on and on… Volume 1 ends. 30 more letters pass. Lovelace threatens violence to her family if she stops writing to him in secret.
Over a month later…
I will help you escape, Clarissa. You can stay with any of the ladies of my family, and I will only see you if you want me to come! (I’m lying, but you don’t know that)
You will marry him on Wednesday whether you like it or not!
What should I do? I’m so conflicted!
It’s wrong to run away from home, no matter what!
Oh, no! Did you hear that? They’re coming! They’re going to catch us together! There will probably be a duel, but I promise that I’ll try not to kill too many of your family members…
And so, frightened out of her wits, Clarissa runs out the gate. And once she’s out the gate, she has no choice but to climb into the carriage with Lovelace.
I’m a terrible, terrible person! Anything that happens now will be all my fault!