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Clarissa Harlowe, or the History of a Young Lady - Volume 3

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By: (1689-1761)

In Volume 3 of Samuel Richardson's novel, "Clarissa Harlowe, or the History of a Young Lady," readers are taken deeper into the tumultuous world of the titular character as she navigates the challenges of 18th-century English society.

In this volume, Clarissa continues to struggle against the oppressive forces of her family, particularly her villainous suitor, Lovelace. As she grapples with her own feelings and desires, she must also confront the expectations placed upon her as a young woman of her time. Richardson skillfully weaves together themes of love, duty, and honor, creating a complex and engrossing narrative that keeps readers invested in Clarissa's journey.

One of the most compelling aspects of Volume 3 is the character development of Clarissa herself. Richardson delves deep into her inner thoughts and emotions, allowing readers to truly understand her motivations and struggles. As she faces increasingly difficult choices and moral dilemmas, Clarissa emerges as a multifaceted and deeply human character, making her story all the more poignant and relatable.

Overall, Volume 3 of "Clarissa Harlowe" is a captivating and thought-provoking read that will appeal to fans of classic literature and historical fiction. Richardson's intricate storytelling and richly drawn characters make this novel a timeless tale of love and resilience in the face of adversity.

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Clarissa Harlowe, is the tragic heroine of this story, she is a beautiful and virtuous young lady whose family has become wealthy only recently and now desires to become part of the aristocracy. Originally they planned to concentrate the wealth and lands of the Harlowe's into the possession of James Harlowe, Clarissa's brother whose wealth and political power will lead to his being given a title. Clarissa's grandfather has left her a substantial piece of property upon his death, and a new route to the nobility opens through Clarissa marrying Robert Lovelace, heir to an earldom. James's response is to provoke a duel with Lovelace, who is seen thereafter as the family's enemy. James also proposes that Clarissa marry Roger Solmes, who is willing to trade properties with James to concentrate James's holdings and speed his becoming Lord Harlowe. The family agrees and attempts to force Clarissa to marry Solmes, whom she finds physically disgusting as well as boorish. The story continues to twist and turn through a series of letters written between two women, two men and a variety of other characters which continues throughout the 9 volumes of the book.

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