Literature Clarissa Discussion

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01:38:05 AM Dec 20th 2013
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  • Duel to the Death: Lovelace and James Harlowe; Lovelace and Col. Morden. In the second duel, Lovelace intentionally gets himself killed.

About spoiler: I can't find anything in the text supporting this opinion.

The description of the duel:

They parried with equal judgment several passes. My chevalier drew the first blood, making a desperate push, which, by a sudden turn of his antagonist, missed going clear through him, and wounded him on the fleshy part of the ribs of his right side; which part the sword tore out, being on the extremity of the body; but, before my chevalier could recover himself, the Colonel, in return, pushed him into the inside of the left arm, near the shoulder; and the sword (raking his breast as it passed,) being followed by a great effusion of blood, the Colonel said, Sir, I believe you have enough.

My chevalier swore by Gd he was not hurt; 'twas a pin's point; and so made another pass at his antagonist; which he, with a surprising dexterity, received under his arm, and run my dear chevalier into the body; who immediately fell; saying, The luck is your's, Sir O my beloved Clarissa! Now art thou inwardly he spoke three or four words more. His sword dropt from his hand. Mr. Morden threw his down, and ran to him, saying in French Ah, Monsieur! you are a dead man! Call to God for mercy!

More, it is obvious that he had been sure of his victory before the duel and didn't want to die after it.

02:53:25 AM Dec 29th 2012
  • Will: Clarissa's grandfather's will is the main plot point at the start of the story, leaving her a large estate and, later on, Clarissa's will deeply affects Lovelace.

Will is a disambiguation. A list of tropes about wills can be found on Will And Inheritance Tropes.
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