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Clarissa - Conclusion Summary & Analysis

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Conclusion Summary

Mr. Lovelace's death is mourned by his family, but the Harlowes and Miss Howe rejoice in it. The Harlowes are never truly happy again. Mrs. Harlowe dies a year and a half after Clarissa and Mr. Harlowe dies half a year later. James and Arabella both have unhappy marriages, and they blame their unhappiness on their cruelty to Clarissa. Uncle Harlowe and Uncle Antony claim to have lost all the joy of life at Clarissa's death. Mr. Solmes is rejected by several ladies of fortunes inferior to Clarissa's. Mowbray and Tourville retire into the country at John Belford's advice, who hopes for their reformation. Sally and Polly are forced into another brothel due to an accident at their brothel and both get sick and die. Dorcas, Will, Betty and Joseph die within one year of Clarissa. Mrs. Norton lives the short remainder of her life happily with her son and dies peacefully with the hope of seeing her parents and Clarissa. The Poor Fund is placed into Mrs. Hickman's (the former Miss Howe) hands one week before Mrs. Norton's death.

Miss Howe wears mourning for six full months before making Mr. Hickman one of the happiest men in the world. They have two children, a son named after his father and a daughter named Clarissa. Mrs. Hickman loves the Poor Fund and teaches everyone it helps about Clarissa. Mr. Hickman and Mrs. Howe contribute to it annually and it is the only thing with which Mrs. Hickman assumes a prerogative. She admits her unkindness to Mr. Hickman when she was Miss Howe but loves him more for his kindness to Clarissa. John Belford mourns Mr. Lovelace's death. He performs every item in Clarissa's will and contributes his part of the legacy to the Poor Fund. He adores the mercy that led to his reformation. He marries Charlotte, and they have a son, who receives the inheritance meant for Mr. Lovelace. Widow Lovick still serves as their housekeeper. Colonel Morden regrets ignoring Clarissa's suggestion that god gave Mr. Lovelace time for repentance. He still lives in Florence to avoid the consequences of the duel.

Conclusion Analysis

The general evidence provided by the conclusion is that God avenges Clarissa against those who participate in her demise. Those who support and love Clarissa are rewarded. The punishment seems to be fairly proportionate to the crime.

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