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Clarissa Harlowe; or, The History of a Young Lady - Volume 1 (Dodo Press)

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Clarissa Samuel Richardson
(sorry ZK rofl)

Told in epistolary format covering a few months this is essentially the story of the deeply virtuous and religious Clarissa Harlowe and how an affair involving self confessed libertine Robert Lovelace leads to tragic consequences for all involved.

The story itself is dated in the fact that the issues Clarissa has with her family and how her virtue is viewed by others is outdated nowadays there would be no stigma attached to what actually did take place.

Clarissa herself comes of as a self indulgent kind of woman more concerned with how others view her than how they actually feel, this in spite of the way everyone insists on calling her the "best of women"

In reality their is very little action in the whole novel, the letters are either placatory, accusatory or forgiving and only give us a broad outline of what has actually happened.

What I really liked about this story was the epistolary format the fact that bar a few paragraphs the whole story is told by letters between the main characters, it keeps you on your toes as not all the letters are in order of the events and you need to refer forward or backwards to find out what is really happening.
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