Book 17 Chapter 9 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 receives a visit in jail from Nightingale and Mrs. Miller, and receives dire news from both. They tell him that witnesses to Tom's duel with Mr. Fitzpatrick (Lord Fellamar's press gang) insist that Tom struck the first blow, and Sophia has given up on Jones entirely.

But then he gets a surprise visit from Mrs. Waters, whom we last saw in the inn at Upton, where Jones was caught in flagrante with her by Mr. Fitzpatrick. It turns out that after Jones left, Fitzpatrick and Mrs. Waters became acquainted, and lived as husband and wife, while Mr. Fitzpatrick never once mentioned Mrs. Fitzpatrick. As well, Mrs. Waters informs Jones that Mr. Fitzpatrick's wounds are not as bad as had been thought, and even so, Fitzpatrick has been professing Tom's innocence in the matter.

AuthorMark Turetsky