Do you ever feel like you have emerged better for reading a book?
Yes, there have been plenty of books that have had a positive effect on me. Perhaps I was down, and a book made me laugh and perked me up. Or another may have made me rethink my approach to some aspect of my life. Reading can definitely be beneficial in that way.
I am extremely concerned, my dearest friend, for the disturbances that have happened in your family.
From page 56:
It is easy to see that if I do not break it off, Mr Lovelace's advantages by reason of my unhappy situation will every day increase, and I shall be more and more entangled.
My Current Read
Clarissa: Or the History of a Young Lady
Defying her parents’ desire for her to marry a loathsome man for his wealth, the virtuous Clarissa escapes into the dangerous arms of the charming rogue Lovelace, whose intentions are much less than honorable. This thought-provoking work, written entirely in intimate letters, exposes the delicacy and complexity of affairs of the human heart. The fatal attraction between villain and victim builds and unfolds into a relationship that haunts the imagination as fully as that of Romeo and Juliet or Tristan and Isolde.