A couple of years back, this was one of the many goals I wanted to do here in 43T. I happened to stumble upon it today, and I decided to do it as a pre-goal for improving my penmanship.
The original entry with the proposal for the goal appears to be deleted —most likely along with the entire profile of the original poster. Anyway, I remember he/she mentioned that “Clarissa” is one of the longest novels of the English language, and also posted the text to reproduce in our own writing. Since it’s no longer available in that deleted entry, I dug in my Stickies, and, sure thing, there it was —after finding this, now I’m afraid I’ll find rats in there, too! lol
Here’s the text:
To Mr. JAMES HARLOWE.
If, notwithstanding your prohibition, I should be silent, on occasion of your last, you would, perhaps, conclude, that I was consenting to go to my uncle Antony’s upon the condition you mention. My Father must do as he pleases with his child. He may turn me out of his doors, if he thinks fit, or give you leave to do it; but (loth as I am to say it) I should think it very hard to be carried by force to any-body’s house, when I have one of my own to go to.
Being English my second language, I had to read and reread the excerpt, plus write a couple drafts, and I’m still not sure I totally get what it says. The original printed version on Google Books is even harder to read, where the “s” looks more like an “f”. Here it is in case the link is not available:
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