Book 6 Chapter 6 of Tom Jones.

This is part of an ongoing project in which I will record and post one chapter per week of Henry Fielding's Tom Jones over the course of four years.

So, in this chapter we get introduced to Mrs. Honour, who, much according to her name, will take every opportunity to remind everyone that she's a maid (and here Fielding is making absolutely sure we get that he's punning on both meanings of the word). Honour spends much of the chapter trying to get Sophia to tell her what she already knows, since she spent the previous chapter listening at the keyhole of Sophia's room. Still, though, she seems to have Sophia's best interests in mind, because she tells her that Tom Jones is hanging out down by the canal. Sophia rushes off to see Tom, but not before getting herself dressed up. But of course, in the time it takes Sophia to fret over her ribbon, Tom leaves the canal just as Sophia arrives, and our two lovers don't get to meet.

 

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