Letters 16-17 Summary

Clarissa writes to Anna that things have turned worse for her. One of her maids overheard her parents talking. Upon hearing what her parents have discussed, Clarissa feels doomed.

When she goes down for breakfast, her family is waiting for her along with Mr. Solmes. Although no one has made any pronouncements, she senses the tension under everyone's words. Even when she hears her parents speaking in pleasant voices, she knows they are about to announce something grim.

After breakfast, Clarissa meets with her mother, who pleads with Clarissa to comply with her father's wishes. Her mother relies on Clarissa to help her keep peace in the family. If she does not obey her father, the family will be completely...

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