Book 5 Chapter 2 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.

This was a pretty fun chapter to record. Tom Jones is still confined to bed, his arm still broken. The chapter is divided into several units, as occasioned by the visits by various other characters. Thwackum tells him it's a judgment from God. Allworthy praises him for the gallant gesture which occasioned the broken arm, though he chides him for the bad things he's previously done. Square tells him that pain has no moral value, and therefore doesn't matter (until he bites his tongue and starts curing a blue streak). Blifil remains a complete shit. Squire Western treats the broken arm as only one more instance in which to heap praise on Jones, and offers him any horse in his stables (except for his two favorites, naturally). Sophia, however, remains rather quiet, mostly because she knows that Jones shares her feelings.

Also, Squire Western's dialogue in this chapter is even more strange that ever, and he curses constantly. I decided to interpret that as drunkenness on his part. Again, fun to record.


AuthorMark Turetsky