Book 12 Chapter 8 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.

In this chapter, Tom finds himself pursuing leads on Sophia yet again, when he saves one of the puppeteers from his boss. He makes his way to another inn and discovers a boy who helped Sophia while she was there and discretely questions him. At the same time, though, Partridge quite publicly questions another boy in the common room who had served Mrs. Fitzpatrick, undermining the secrecy of Tom's mission. 

We once again touch on the book's theme of the importance of appearances. While Tom is discrete with Sophia's name, Partridge is quite open about it, but all Sophia might learn is that Tom showed up and everyone suddenly knew who she was, and would, one would assume, not appreciate it.

AuthorMark Turetsky