Journal Entry For Clara's Journal

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Chapter 22 Clara made her way to her own house, passing the graveyard with the newly-added graves of her family. Her house was empty and quiet and she went upstairs to her room to retrieve the diary. The horrible things that had happened in her chamber flooded her mind, and she became filled with anguish. She sank down into a chair in distress. The dark room mirrored the darkness of her thoughts, which soon turned to suicide. As she moved to pick up a lancet with which to stab herself, she thought she heard footsteps outside her door. Out of the gloom moved Carwin. Clara could not withstand the tumult of emotion and fainted. When she awoke she was lying on her bed and Carwin was sitting on the floor, head in hand. When he saw she was…show more content…
He explained, “Surely my malignant stars had not made me the cause of [Catharine’s] death; yet had I not rashly set in motion a machine, over whose progress I had no control…?” He decided he needed to speak with Clara and returned to the Wieland property. Theodore Wieland’s house was desolate and empty and hers was as well. He said he had finished telling his tale and that it was the truth and the extent of his offenses. He was guilty but not of murdering Catharine. Carwin paused when the two heard the kitchen door close. He knew he needed to leave before his enemies found him and detained him. Clara narrated that during Carwin’s confession she had remained silent and utterly absorbed. Carwin was the agent of some evil and “the author of all our calamities.” Rage and desire for vengeance filled her, and she hoped that the person(s) within the house was there to help bring this evil man to…show more content…
She called Carwin in to the room to help, but could not focus on his continual assertions of innocence and terrified looks and expressions of pity. Carwin left and informed Clara’s uncle and others what transpired. The body of Wieland was removed from the house, but Clara chose to remain within its walls forever. The pleading and begging of others was insufficient to extract her; even force was attempted but this failed as well. She consented to eat, drink, sleep, and breathe, but no one could tell her where to live out the remainder of her days. This was the spot she chose to reside in peace until she died. As she brought her narrative to a close, Clara said she did not care what happened to Carwin. He rescued her and disabused her brother of his illusions, but she did not care about the rest of his tale. She did not want to be tormented by him any longer; she did not feel she needed to forgive him because it would not matter when his hour of judgment arrived. Chapter 27 The note above this last chapter indicates that Clara wrote it three years after the last narrative, from Montpellier (southern

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