Book 5 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.

This chapter deals with the imminent death of Mr. Allworthy. Yes, it seems that even the most, er, worthy of men will someday shuffle off their mortal coil. But of course, Fielding can't have a serious and melancholic chapter without making fun of French accents.

Allworthy takes this moment on his deathbed to discuss his will with his friends, family, and servants. He's leaving the bulk of his estate to his nephew, Blifil, with a generous amount of money set aside for Bridget, Tom, Thwackum, Square, and his servants. Of course, Tom's sadness takes center stage, and, in a true playwright's fashion, a messenger has come from afar bearing news, which we'll find out about next week.


AuthorMark Turetsky