Book 3 Chapter 9 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.

Here we have yet another incitement by Master Blifil against Tom, this time by making it known to Square and Thwackum that Tom sold him his Bible. Square's view of the situation is wholly practical: what could be wrong with buying and selling Bibles? Thwackum sees something morally depraved in Tom's selling it, but glosses over the fact that Blifil bought it. I also love the hint that young Tom has written his name all over the different pages of his Bible. He doesn't seem to be the best of scholars.

A note on pronunciation: a new character is introduced in this chapter (or rather an old one gets a name) in the person of Squire Western. Classically, the name is pronounced more like "Westin," which I have preserved here.

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AuthorMark Turetsky