Book 8 Chapter 1 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.
We've made it all the way to Book 8! As always, the first chapter of this book is a discursive, or "prolegomenous" chapter. In it, Fielding discusses what he calls the marvelous, or what we'd call the fantastical. He makes subtle arguments of the place of the fantastical, the improbable, and the implausible in classic fiction, poetry, and modern fiction.