Book 14 Chapter 6 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, Partridge informs Tom in the crudest possible way that Nancy, the older daughter of Mrs. Miller, is pregnant by My. Nightingale. Tom learns from Mrs. Miller that Nightingale has left Nancy, and written her a letter informing her that he'll never see he again, but provide for her and the baby. Of course, nothing ever goes as planned, so Nancy faints upon reading the letter, and the letter was read by everyone else who was nearby, and so now she's the talk of the town.

Everyone in the family is doing poorly, as Nancy has attempted suicide, and Betsy, the younger daughter is certain that if Nancy succeeds in killing herself, both Mrs. Miller and she will follow soon after. Tom pledges to find Nightingale and make him do the right thing.

AuthorMark Turetsky