The resolution didn't work out exactly the way I wanted! I got out of the habit of reading again. Clarissa is just slow going. The plot is really, really interesting. There is a lot of intrigue,. Unfortunately, for the modern reader, the old fashioned language makes the book a slog. It's not the kind of book that I can just pick up and read for 2-3 minutes here and there. It takes some commitment and thought to read, get into it, and think about what is going on.
In Volume 4 we see more of Lovelace's true colors. Did people really act like that back then, or was this poetic license? A morality play - don't run off from your family, young women, or you might get wrapped up into a situation as bad as this one?
I'm actually interested to see if some of his bad plots come to fruition in Volume 5, or if Clarissa and her family and friends will be able to extricate themselves from his clutches!