Book 4 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.

Once again, Fielding buries the lede in this brief chapter. It starts off with a rather plain admission that Molly Seagrim is now pregnant! But then almost immediately ignores this fact in order to discourse about how her mother intends to hide the fact by having her wear Sophia's cast-offs to church that week. This, of course, leads to Molly showing vanity and pride in the sack that she's wearing (note: sack just means a dress, in this case).

Fielding then goes on to discuss how the gentry don't have a monopoly on vice, that you can find instances of every kind of person in every class of people.

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