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Introduction

At first in this passage Lovelace casts Clarissa, ‘the fair promiser’, as the object of his revenge. But then he suggests his ‘adorable Nemesis’ will, by cohabiting with him, become the agent of his own revenge on the rest of her family. It turns out that Clarissa will never agree to cohabit with Lovelace; moreover, her death will eventually be avenged by his. In that sense, Richardson’s heroine will prove to have been the Nemesis of Lovelace by unleashing destruction not on his behalf but against him.2