History Literature / Clarissa

6th May '16 1:48:42 AM Morgenthaler
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** Despite her obvious interest in him, it is clear that, had she not been put into extremities by her family, her stalker would have remained this. Lovelace is one of the most horrible examples of HandsomeDevil ever.
9th Oct '15 9:43:33 AM DavidCowie
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* {{Doorstopper}}: Longest book in the English language.

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* {{Doorstopper}}: Longest book in the English language. The Penguin Classics edition of 1985 comes in at 1,536 pages. Stitch that, Creator/GeorgeRRMartin.
6th May '14 5:09:33 AM LongLiveHumour
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There was a television adaption in 1991 starring SeanBean as Lovelace and Saskia Wickham as Clarissa.

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There was a television adaption in 1991 starring SeanBean Creator/SeanBean as Lovelace and Saskia Wickham as Clarissa.
27th Mar '14 3:34:19 PM teknomage
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There was a television adaption in 1991 starring SeanBean as Lovelace and Saskia Wickman as Clarissa.

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There was a television adaption in 1991 starring SeanBean as Lovelace and Saskia Wickman Wickham as Clarissa.
25th Oct '13 3:07:53 PM ASplashingKoi
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* TheIngenue: Clarissa.
17th Jul '13 4:16:47 PM sagar
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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Bella, [[{{Hypocrite}} who also accuses]] [[StoicWoobie Clarissa]] of being such.

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* * BitchInSheepsClothing: Bella, [[{{Hypocrite}} who also accuses]] [[StoicWoobie Clarissa]] of being such.



* ExactEavesdropping: backfires when Clarissa's maid overhears a particular phrase, which leads to her dismissal after Clarissa uses the exact phrase in a letter to her parents.



* NobleDemon: Lovelace, at least initially. Clarissa admits she's heard as many good things as bad about him, or at least, more credible.



* TheResenter: Bella is this to Clarissa, because of her grandfather's will, which favors her, of the general preference her family shows her because she has self-control and a conventionally beautiful woman. There is also something about Lovelace because he [[spoiler: spurned her and took interest in her younger sister.

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* TheResenter: Bella is this to Clarissa, because of her grandfather's will, which favors her, of the general preference her family shows her because she has self-control and a conventionally beautiful woman. There is also something about Lovelace because he [[spoiler: spurned her and took interest in her younger sister. ]]


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* WomanScorned: A large part of Arabella's antagonism to Clarissa.
28th Mar '13 2:46:47 PM Lorialet
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* AccompliceByInaction: The heroine's mother and her aunt look like this from a modern reader's perspective because they never oppose the father when he does his best to force the heroine into an arranged marriage. Richardson seemed to partially agree, at least for the good aunt Hervey, whom he describes in the preface as "lacking the courage to go against so strong a steam, [and] sailing with it"
8th Feb '13 3:39:56 PM Lorialet
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Roger Solmes, the man the family wants to pair Clarissa up with.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Deconstructed. Clarissa's initial fascination with Lovelace wears off very quickly.

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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Roger Solmes, the man the family wants to pair Clarissa up with.
with. He is the full package : not only considered unattractive by the object of his admiration, but also selfish, greedy, and bent on not taking no for an answer.
** Despite her obvious interest in him, it is clear that, had she not been put into extremities by her family, her stalker would have remained this. Lovelace is one of the most horrible examples of HandsomeDevil ever.
* AbusiveParents: Mr Harlowe was intended as a father who used his daughter's duty to be obedient without upholding his duties not to be an evil dictator. His abuse was probably considered something commonplace, but sad and cringe-worthy. Mrs Harlowe may have been intended as a victim, but to a modern reader, she often seems like a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds or a {{Wangst}}y ManipulativeBastard, and with her obsession with getting obeyed by her daughter and pleasing her husband, she sometimes comes across as a plain TroubledAbuser.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Deconstructed. Clarissa's initial fascination with Lovelace wears off very quickly. And it took a long time to build itself.
* AmbitionIsEvil: [[spoiler: Clarissa's family, and possibly Mr Solmes, who may want to marry her mostly for the money and lets her be pressured and bullied into accepting the match. ]]



** [[spoiler: Probably BlueAndOrangeMorality]].



** Arabella's mother begs Mrs Howe to control her daughter and refrain her from insulting Bella for ruining Clarissa's expexctations, and Mrs Howe's answer is full of possible StealthInsult materials. for instance when she says that she finds Anna's desire to visit her friend ridiculous, since her place is with her mother (Clarissa's mother tried to force her to marry Mr Solmes and abandonned her once she fled) and not her poor ''exceedingly ill'' friend, who is such a fallen angel bad example for all her virtues and judgement. She then supposedly criticizes young people's romantic notions of love and friendship, and finally ends her letter with a postcript, in which she expresses her desire to bring Anna away to distract her minds from the sorrow of her ill friend, ending with this little gem :

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** Arabella's Bella's mother begs Mrs Howe to control her daughter and refrain her Anna from insulting Bella for ruining Clarissa's expexctations, and (worst sister ever to Anna's best friend). Mrs Howe's answer is full of possible StealthInsult materials. for instance when material. For instance: she says that she finds Anna's desire to visit her friend ridiculous, since her ridiculous because Anna's place is with her, her mother (Clarissa's mother tried to force her to marry Mr Solmes and abandonned her once she fled) fled), and not with her poor ''poor'' ''exceedingly ill'' friend, who is such a fallen angel ''angel'' bad example for ''for all her virtues and judgement. great judgement''. She then supposedly criticizes young people's romantic notions of love and friendship, notions, and finally ends her letter with a postcript, in which she expresses her desire to bring Anna away to distract her minds from the sorrow of her ill friend, ending with this little gem :


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* TheResenter: Bella is this to Clarissa, because of her grandfather's will, which favors her, of the general preference her family shows her because she has self-control and a conventionally beautiful woman. There is also something about Lovelace because he [[spoiler: spurned her and took interest in her younger sister.


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* WoundedGazelleGambit: Clarissa's mother tries to make her daughter pity her for ''being pressured into obtaining Clarissa's ArrangedMarriage'', in order to force her to marry Mr Solmes.
3rd Feb '13 2:57:33 AM Lorialet
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* EvenEvilHaveStandards / JerkWithAHeartOfGold : [[spoiler: {{DeconstructedTrope}} for the two libertine villains respectively. Yes, the libertines may have scruples to "ruin" a poor girl, but they have doubtlessly hurt countles people. ]]

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* EvenEvilHaveStandards EvenEvilHasStandards / JerkWithAHeartOfGold : [[spoiler: {{DeconstructedTrope}} for the two libertine villains respectively. Yes, the libertines may have scruples to "ruin" a poor girl, but they have doubtlessly hurt countles people. ]]
3rd Feb '13 2:56:57 AM Lorialet
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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Bella, who also accuses Clarissa of being such.

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* * BitchInSheepsClothing: Bella, [[{{Hypocrite}} who also accuses Clarissa accuses]] [[StoicWoobie Clarissa]] of being such.such.



* EvenEvilHaveStandards / JerkWithAHeartOfGold : [[spoiler: {{DeconstructedTrope}} for the two libertine villains respectively. Yes, the libertines may have scruples to "ruin" a poor girl, but they have doubtlessly hurt countles people. ]]



* MortonsFork: Clarissa has the choice between Solmes and Lovelace.

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* MortonsFork: Clarissa has the choice between Solmes and Lovelace.
* NoSympathy: Clarissa's family to Clarissa, from the moment it's clear she doesn't want to help them in their social-climbing by litterally selling herself to Mr Solmes.
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