* Clarissa Harlowe is a virtuous young woman, and Miss Howe is her best friend.
* Mr. Lovelace courts Clarissa's sister, Arabella, who says no when he proposes.
* Lovelace falls in love with Clarissa and asks permission to court her.
* After a short time, the Harlowes decide to keep Clarissa apart from Lovelace.
* The Harlowes decide that Clarissa should marry Mr. Solmes.
* Clarissa can not stand Mr. Solmes and refuses to marry him.
* Clarissa tells Miss Howe she is not in love with Lovelace.
* James and Uncle Antony hire spies to watch Lovelace.
* Lovelace finds out about the spies and vows revenge.
* Mr. Harlowe offers Clarissa rewards if she marries Solmes and threatens his displeasure if she doesn't.
* Clarissa admits to her mother that she is corresponding with Lovelace.
* Clarissa is forbidden to...
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