Book 16 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.

As with every other book of this novel, this one opens with a discursive chapter. This chapter is on prologues. Fielding complains that prologues to modern plays have very little to do with the play itself, and one prologue could very easily apply to any other play. In the same vein, Fielding seems to be tiring of writing prefaces to his books, writing "I can with less pains write one of the books of this history than the prefatory chapter to each of them." Still, he continues to do so, imagining a future historian thanking him for introducing prefaces into Tom Jones and establishing the convention for other authors.

AuthorMark Turetsky