Part 18 Summary and Analysis
Sir and Lady Bradshaw arrive late and apologetic at Clarissa’s party. She greets them, though she is not very fond of this couple. She sees in Sir William a man at the peak of his career, wearied by the misery he has seen. Yet she perceives his cold detachment. He talks with Richard about a recent case. Lady Bradshaw tells Clarissa how, as they were leaving, a call came about a suicide. The news shatters Clarissa. Feeling that death has invaded the party, she goes to an empty room. She is upset at the Bradshaws for introducing the subject; the fact that it was a suicide is the worst part.
She understands the choice of suicide. Her busy habits and parties seem like unworthy trifles, while suicide...
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