Book 5 Chapter 1 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.
Another book, another initial discursive chapter! In this one, Fielding tackles as his subject The Serious. He posits these discursive chapters as completely necessary to the makeup of his book, in that they help to provide a contrast to all the fun and games. The biggest concern he has, though, is that these chapters (and the funny ones between them) not become too dull, in which case, you have Fielding's permission to skip them!