Book 6 Chapter 8 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 week's chapter sees the re-uniting of our sad lovers, Tom and Sophia. Squire Western has pledged Sophia's hand to young Mr. Blifil, and Tom has been left to pine for her.
This chapter takes on a rather somber tone, with the two young lovers crying and railing at their respective lots: Sophia to marry a terrible man she doesn't love, and Tom to be left to pine for her as she marries a man whom he thought of as a brother.
Please also forgive the rather racy nature of the illustration that accompanies this week's offering. Garters and thighs! Oh my!