Book 7 Chapter 3 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.

We leave Tom in this chapter to refocus on Sophia and her domestic problems. First, he aunt declares that since she has studied Plato, Sophia has no basis to argue with her (after all, you never saw Plato's students discussing anything with Plato, only passively accepting all he said, right?). Sophia has pledged not to marry anyone but who her father approves of, but also not to marry someone whom she hates (*cough*Blifil). This conversation continues until Squire Western pops into the room to object, as he's been listening all along.

Squire Western then proceeds to swear like a sailor. Seriously, I've had to whip out my 440 hz tone more in this chapter, and in a more dense area, than I have before. As is appropriate for this holiday week, Western proceeds to bring the discussion around to the failings of all those in his family, and then Mrs. Western brings up politics. Well, you can imagine where it goes from there.

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AuthorMark Turetsky