Book 6 Chapter 3 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, it looks like things between Sophia and Blifil are moving along swiftly, or at least Squire Western seems to think so. It seems that Mrs. Western has been hinting to Sophia that she knows her to be in love with a certain young man who lives the next estate over. Of course, Sophia is worried that Mrs. Western is on to her love for Tom, and so she starts acting nicer to Blifil and ignoring Tom, in order to throw her aunt off the scent. Of course, Mrs. Blifil then becomes suspicious of this overcompensation, as she sees it, and begins to suspect something is up. Squire Western, however, is completely oblivious, and proposes the marriage to Squire Allworthy. Allworth is overjoyed to hear about the proposed match, but will only consent if the young couple agrees, and is in love. Western takes this as a slight on his authority, and becomes upset.
Also, Hogarth's poet is mentioned in this chapter. That would be his image of The Distres't Poet, pictured here in oil.