Book 17 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.

In this discursive chapter, Fielding lays out the trouble with writing history versus tragedy or comedy, and also comments on the difficulty of dealing only with what he calls "natural means." In previous eras and in other cultures, writers had recourse to the supernatural to extricate their heroes from straits such as Jones finds himself in. He also hints, at the very end of the chapter, that there are shocking secrets to come which Jones isn't aware of.

AuthorMark Turetsky