Book 6 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 new book, another discursive chapter from Henry Fielding. This one deals with love (maybe it's a hint about the content of this book? I'm only kidding, of course it is). Here Fielding compares declarations that there is no love in the world to declarations that there is no God, and no goodness in humanity. In each case, he dismisses the argument by stating that if one can't find evidence within one's own mind, one can't conclude that it doesn't exist in anyone else's. He compares the mind of those who can't conceive of love or of God to a jakes (an outdoor toilet), so, you know, he might be showing his own bias, just a bit.

Anyway, he returns to a food metaphor, much like the one he used in the very first chapter of book one. Here he points out the absurdity of comparing sensory input from one sense and translating it into another.

You can't equate love to sirloin.

 

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AuthorMark Turetsky