Book 6 Chapter 7 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.

This chapter begins with one of the most awkward dates in literature. Blifil and Sophia sit in silence for almost fifteen minutes, before Blifil starts blurting out awkward compliments all at once, to which Sophia doesn't respond, and eventually leaves in tears. What's best, Blifil is oblivious to this being any kind of a problem.

Sophia then begs her father not to force her to marry Blifil. Squire Western sees all this as maidenly hysterics, of course, because he's got it on good authority that she's in love with Blifil. He then threatens to disinherit her if she doesn't agree to the marriage. He leaves in a huff, and bumps into Jones, whom he tells everything. Jones, seeing his opportunity, asks Western his permission to speak with Sophia.

 

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