Book 7 Chapter 7 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 another scene of Sophia and Honour conversing. Honour informs Sophia that rumor has it that Squire Western is having a marriage contract drawn up for the very next day, so Sophia determines to run away to a family friend in London, whom she thinks will be sympathetic to her plight. Honour agrees to come with her, partly because Sophia announces she will kill herself if she's forced to marry Blifil, and Honour is worried she'll come back as a ghost, and partly because Sophia has promised her a reward if she helps.

Honour is most worried, however, about her clothes, as she's got a large collection that she doesn't want to lose. She sets out, therefore, to get herself fired by the end of the day.

AuthorMark Turetsky