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Clarissa (TV Series 1991– ) Poster

(1991– )

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Clarissa: I cannot admire a man with no morals.

Anna: Clarry, men put on their morals as we put on our stays!

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Lovelace: If you marry Soames I swear you will become the youngest and prettiest widow in the county.

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Clarissa: I could have loved him.

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Lovelace: I will see her.

Belford: Then you'll have to kill me first.

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Clarissa: Do not be sad. I am not sad. Rejoice with me that all my worldly troubles are so near an end.

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Lovelace: Her grandmother came to me, begged me to be merciful.

Belford: And you agreed?

Lovelace: Word of a gentleman, Jack.

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[refusing Lovelace's marriage proposal]

Clarissa: I would not bind myself in covenant with you for a thousand, thousand worlds.

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Lovelace: [after he has raped Clarissa] I love you.

Clarissa: Some new strategem?

Lovelace: Believe me.

Clarissa: Again? Like I believed Captain Tomlinson and Lady Betty? How you all must have laughed. Such a witty masquerade.

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Uncle Anthony: [talking about Lovelace] Heir to a peerage, a fine paternal estate, two unmarried aunts. Mark that.

James: And an army of whores and bastards. Mark that.

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Clarissa: I have always heard that you prefer not to confine your pleasure to more than one lady entirely.

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[after Clarissa has fled from home, her family are trying to find her. Her brother goes to see her best friend]

Anna: Even if I knew where she was, which I don't, my mother has forbidden me to write.

James: Surely you do not mean to frustrate any hopes we have of a reconciliation?

Anna: On whose terms?

James: [to Anna's mother] Is it a daughter's place to bandy terms?

Anna: Or a brother's to impose them? If my friend wishes to be reconciled, I'm sure she remembers your address.

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Lovelace: Where is she?

Dorcas: It's not my fault.

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Belford: Bob. Stop now. Before you do something you regret.

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Anna: Now mother, what workman throws away a sharp tool because it may prick his finger.

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Bella: You know the rules. No letters.

Clarissa: Not even to Anna?

Bella: Your go-between to Lovelace?

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Clarissa: [writing to Anna] You once told me adversity was my shining time, and so I think it is.

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Clarissa: Dig a hole deep enough to conceal this unhappy body for I fear that those who would not stir to protect me living will move heaven and earth to defend me dead.

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Clarissa: I should as soon die here as anywhere.

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Lovelace: Spare us a shilling squire, spare us a shilling for an old soldier.

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Clarissa: You tell me that my uncle, a man I never knew to lie, now requires me to pretend I am already married?

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Clarissa: Look at me sir, not at him.

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Tomlinson: Has she gone? Thank God for that, I can get out of this fancy dress.

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Clarissa: My soul is above you, man. Do not urge me to tell you how much I know my soul is above you.

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Deb: My soul is above you. But my body...

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Mrs. Sinclair: What on earth took him so long?

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Mrs. Sinclair: I've never heard such a-doings in all my life. Such a chicken of a gentleman and a tiger of a lady.

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Mrs. Sinclair: She can use her airs and graces to satisfy some of our young gentlemen.

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Sally: She's not getting any comfort from me. She's one of us now.

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Clarissa: Kindness, Bella, would suit you better.

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Sally: [reading from one of Clarissa's stolen letters] Look carefully to the seals of my letters.

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Sally: Muslin? I wanted silk, Miss Lyons, with ruffles here and here.

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Lovelace: No other man will have you now.

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[showing a letter from Clarissa]

Lovelace: Mine, Jack, Mine!

[Reading the letter]

Belford: Hmm. It's more like a sermon than a billet-doux.

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Mrs Harlowe: Clarry, a woman must know when to bend or else she will surely break.

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James: Pinch your cheeks, Bella. Your face must be your fortune now.

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Anna: How cruel of you to rob Bella of the only lover she ever had.

Clarissa: Me? It wasn't me. She refused him.

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[discussing the possible return of Clarissa]

James: No! If she ever enters these doors, I shall leave.

Mr Harlowe: Then leave. The child has suffered enough.

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Clarissa: Was Lovelace here?

Belford: He's gone now.

Clarissa: Can he never leave me in peace? Will he pursue me to the grave?

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[Talking about Lovelace]

Anna: Don't you like him at all? Not even a teeny bit? He's so handsome.

Clarissa: So wild!

Anna: So vain!

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Belford: I know these promising ladies, you see, all sauce and no stuffing. 50 guineas on it she flies the nest.

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The real Lady Betty: Impersonate me with your strumpets!

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[after Lovelace has raped Clarissa]

Clarissa: What further evils are reserved for me? I find I am your prisoner.

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Lovelace: I trust you slept well.

Clarissa: I did not sleep.

Lovelace: Scribbling? Is that wise? Letters can be traced.

Clarissa: As you should know.

Lovelace: I hope at least you used an alias.

Clarissa: I leave all such subterfuge to you.

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[Grandfather Harlowe has died and left the entire estate and wealth to his younger granddaughter, Clarissa]

Bella: Imagine! Leaving all the family paintings to her, just because she used to tickle with him! And wipe and clean with her own dainty fingers.

James: [taking Bella's hand] Dainty? Whose fingers could be daintier than these?

Bella: He might just as well have left them to the maid.

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[as Clarissa is dying in prison, her coffin is brought into her cell]

Doctor: What shocking sight is this?

Clarissa: Why shocking? Are we shocked in church to see the monuments of our ancestors with whom we hope one day to rest in peace?

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Mrs Howe: Mr Hickman is very patient, but no man will wait forever.

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Bella: Don't Mr Lovelace say you have fine eyes?

Clarissa: Is that what he told you?

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Lovelace: Oh she may threaten, she may weep, she may rave 'Oh you traitor! Oh you fiend!' but little by little she comes to like her little cage.

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Lovelace: Well done Jack, you have avenged her well. One man cannot have every woman worth having... Clarissa let this redeem my soul.

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Anna: Men are all such nasty schoolboys.

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Anna: What a choice. Soames, the grubby little sneakthief or Lovelace, the schoolyard bully.

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Lovelace: Ain't I the regular blaggard!

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Uncle Anthony: [contemplating a union between Clarissa and Lovelace] But from the point of view of the estate, as long as Bella don't object.

Bella: Why should I object? She's welcome to my leavings.

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Lovelace: I swear

Tomlinson: [interrupting] No oaths, sir. Oaths won't do it. Not your oaths leastways.

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Clarissa: [on arriving at the Sinclair house in Dover Street, Clarissa is welcomed as Mrs Lovelace] *Mrs* Lovelace?

Lovelace: The lady is a very moral woman. What more could I do?

Clarissa: I would rather you did less, Mr Lovelace, not more.

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Lovelace: Have a care, Mr Harlowe.

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Mrs Harlowe: James, why must you be so spiteful?

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Clarissa: Do you think to make me your whore?

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Anna: Your swains follow you everywhere!

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