Book 5 Chapter 4 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.
Well, we're back to the filthiest joke in the book again this week, after a few weeks' respite. Once again, Tom is in conversation with Honour, Sophia's servant, who related to Tom that after she told Sophia the story of the muff, Sophia has prized the muff over all her others. "The prettiest muff that ever was seen," she calls it, despite its being stretched out by Tom... Well, you see where this is going.
But, and interruption, with the muff threatened by being thrown into the fire and rescued by Sophia without concern for her own safety leads to another epic metaphor: the muff is now the Trojan Horse, throwing open the gates to Tom's heart.
All this, in the tale of a little, innocuous muff.