Letters 18-20 Summary

When Clarissa visits with her mother in her room the next day, she notices a change in her mother's attitude. Her mother appears more emotionally removed than she had been the day before. At one point, she even refers to Clarissa's father as "Mr. Harlowe," causing Clarissa to question if her father has already disowned her.

This makes Clarissa cry, to which her mother reacts with the statement that she has always disliked seeing someone cry about circumstances that they could control. Then Mrs. Harlowe tells her daughter to return to her room until her emotions are under control.

Before she leaves, Clarissa attempts to persuade her mother not to retract her feelings from her. However, Mrs. Harlowe reminds...

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