Book 14 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 pretends to Nightingale Sr. that Nightingale has already married Nancy. Of course, this enrages Nightingale's father, who has just spent the evening bargaining with a rich girl's father over a wedding contract. The two are interrupted by a third Mr. Nightingale, the uncle of young Mr. Nightingale. Uncle Nightingale seems thrilled by the love match, and we get to see, from his easygoing nature, where young Nightingale gets much of his attitudes.

AuthorMark Turetsky