Book 4 Chapter 12 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.

In this chapter, we learn just how profoundly Tom's indiscretion with Molly has hurt Sophia. The answer is: profoundly. Fielding compares Sophia's love for Tom to a physical disease (in agreement with Stoical philosophy), and suggests that she falls into a relapse every time she sees Tom. She finally resolves to leave her father's house and live with her aunt, but something happens which stops her. The chapter ends on a cliffhanger, which will be resolved in next week's chapter.

AuthorMark Turetsky