Book 10 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.

Since this is the start of another volume of Tom Jones, Fielding starts us out with another didactic chapter on writing, or in this case, on reading. First, he warns critics that they should not yet judge his work, as they haven't read it as a coherent whole yet. Second, he tells the reader that the sign of a good writer (and of a good reader) is recognizing what makes seemingly similar characters different. For instance, he compares the two inkeepers from books 7 and 9. However, as the narrator of these two characters, I think I might have missed his lesson.

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AuthorMark Turetsky