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A child of humble parents, reared in the strictest principles of morality, she had
been engaged as a maid by the landowner's mother. After his mother's death the
squire tried, in Richardson's words, ' by all manner of temptations, to seduce her.
The passage is taken from a letter written to Lovelace by his friend and former
accomplice Belford, a rake reformed by the contemplation of Clarissa's
unconquerable virtue and her resolution under persecution. Richardson's genius
is such that ...
Clarissa is easily the best of Richardson's novels. Pamela was an excessively
brilliant trial run, executed in the crude contrasts of a moral tract ; and Sir Charles
Grandison is too much of its time. The hero represents Richardson's ideal of
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The Eighteenth Century
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