Book 7 Chapter 15 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.

The thrilling* conclusion to Book 7! So, it turns out that Northerton was not, in fact, brought down to Hell, as we may have wildly concluded from last week's chapter, but instead spent the night with the innkeeper. He climbed up the chimney and met with her, and that's why he wasn't in his holding room when Tom went to duel him. There then follows a bit of comedy between two servants, when Tom begins ringing his bell. Neither of the servants thinks it's their job to answer the bell, so the Lieutenant goes to meet Tom. Tom exonerates the sentry who thought he was a ghost, and the lieutenant tells Tom they'll be leaving, and that he should rest and recuperate before attempting to follow them.

AuthorMark Turetsky