Book 7 Chapter 4 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.
This week's chapter contains the first reference to the late Mrs. Western, Sophia's mother. It also paints a picture of just why Squire Western is such a bitter man. He and his wife didn't love each other, as the product of a financially motivated marriage. He treated her as a servant and guarded her jealously, denying her a trip to London. And while he loves Sophia more than anything, he's transferred this jealousy to her.