Book 7 Chapter 12 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 sees Tom getting into an altercation with a new character, Northerton. Northerton swears more than Squire Western, and I had to add in 440 Hz signals more than in any other chapter in the project so far. Tom comes off as too educated to Northerton, so he picks a fight with Tom, who then comes back at him with a bon mot, which then leads to Northerton insulting Sophia's honor, which in turn leads to Tom calling Notherton a scoundrel, which leads Northerton to beat Tom about the head with an improvised weapon. Their lieutenant has Northerton arrested, and Tom is brought to a nearby inn to be seen to by a physician.

The lieutenant in this chapter is a man of over 60, who served under the Duke of Marlborough himself. The first Duke of Marlborough, the one mentioned in this chapter, is John Churchill, the son of Sir Winston Churchill (no, not that one!) and ancestor to Sir Winston Churchill (yes, that one!). Marlborough was one of the most successful military leaders of his day, taking part in the Glorious Revolution, the Monmouth Rebellion, and so much more (visit your local library!).

AuthorMark Turetsky