Short Summary of Rape of the Lock Canto-V: "Rape of the Lock" by Alexander Pope

Though Belinda pleaded and her words filled the people with tears but the Baron remained unmoved. Clarissa asks why the ladies are praised and respected for their beauties. She considers that all show off is mere futile when women are not respectable. She also says that

"Beauties in vain their pretty Eyes may roll;
Charms strike the Sight, but Merit wins the Soul."

Then a fights ensues and during this fight the precious lock of hair is lost. The poet describes the fight as a war of gods with humanly passions without any dread of wound or injury. Soon, Belinda and party winds and the Baron is got round from all sides. He surrenders and bows down before fierce Belinda. But when she demands the lock, it is not to be found. They search it on all sides. But nowhere is it found: "Some thought it mounted to the Lunar Sphere".

The poet claims that the muse saw it going to the heavens because all things treasured are kept there. The poet says that Belinda should calm down instead of getting annoyed for her lock of hair because she is mortal and so is her hair. The lock of hair she has lost has grown invaluable; therefore, it will remain forever and would rather earn Belinda some name:

This Lock, the Muse shall consecrate to Fame,
And mid'st the Stars inscribe Belinda's Name!