Book 7 Chapter 6 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.

Here we get an idea of just how terrible Blifil is. Squire Western and his sister join forces, resolved to marry Sophia to Blifil as quickly as possible. Sophia's clear disgust with Blifil does absolutely nothing to turn him off to her. In fact, Blifil shows himself as a sadist, in addition to his greed, as her distress excites him. He then reports back to Squire Allworthy, deceiving him with words that aren't factually incorrect, but that create a false impression of what's actually going on. The chapter ends with a small hint that Sophia will prevent the wedding from occurring, though.

AuthorMark Turetsky