Book 7 Chapter 5 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.

In this chapter, Squire Western continues berating Sophia, her aunt, and her mother. Finally, when Sophia speaks out about how kind her aunt is, it's enough to drive Squire Western away. She spends the rest of the chapter weeping into Tom's letter, and into her muff (if you're recall the one Tom wept into and kissed back in book V). Honour, Sophia's maid essentially tells her that there are many fish in the sea. Precisely what Sophia doesn't want to hear.

AuthorMark Turetsky