The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (Penguin Classics)

The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (Penguin Classics)

Henry Fielding

Language: English

Pages: 1024

ISBN: 0140436227

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A foundling of mysterious parentage brought up by Mr. Allworthy on his country estate, Tom Jones is deeply in love with the seemingly unattainable Sophia Western, the beautiful daughter of the neighboring squire—though he sometimes succumbs to the charms of the local girls. When Tom is banished to make his own fortune and Sophia follows him to London to escape an arranged marriage, the adventure begins. A vivid Hogarthian panorama of eighteenth-century life, spiced with danger and intrigue, bawdy exuberance and good-natured authorial interjections, Tom Jones is one of the greatest and most ambitious comic novels in English literature.

   • Includes a chronology, suggestions for further reading, notes, glossary, and an appendix of Fielding's revisions
   • Introduction discusses narrative tecniques and themes, the context of eighteenth-century fiction and satire, and the historical and political background of the Jacobite revolution

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offer you my Advice, which is to return home again, and leave these Horrida Bella, these bloody Wars, to Fellows who are contented to swallow Gunpowder, because they have nothing else to eat. Now every body knows your Honour wants for nothing at home; when that’s the Case, why should any Man travel abroad?’ ‘Partridge,’ cries Jones, ‘thou art certainly a Coward; I wish therefore thou would’st return home thyself, and trouble me no more.’ ‘I ask your Honour’s Pardon,’ cries Partridge, ‘I spoke

rainy and windy; and if it was well wrapt up, and put in a warm Basket, it is two to one but it lives, till it is found in the Morning. But if it should not, we have discharged our Duty in taking proper Care of it; and it is, perhaps, better for such Creatures to die in a State of Innocence, than to grow up and imitate their Mothers; for nothing better can be expected of them.’ There were some Strokes in this Speech which, perhaps, would have offended Mr. Allworthy, had he strictly attended to

desirous to see her once more, when he promised he would take Leave of her for ever. No, Madam,’ concluded he, ‘my Love is not of that base Kind, which seeks its own Satisfaction, at the Expense of what is most dear to its Object. I would sacrifice every Thing to the Possession of my Sophia, but Sophia herself.’ Though the Reader may have already conceived no very sublime Idea of the Virtue of the Lady in the Mask; and tho’ possibly she may hereafter appear not to deserve one of the first

a worse Thing should happen to him. Mrs. Waters with great Pleasantry ridiculed all this, as the Effects of low Spirits and Confinement. She repeated some Witticisms about the Devil when he was sick,3 and told him, ‘She doubted not but shortly to see him at Liberty, and as lively a Fellow as ever; and then,’ says she, ‘I don’t question but your Conscience will be safely delivered of all these Qualms that it is now so sick in breeding.’ Many more Things of this Kind she uttered, some of which it

the topick of discourse’, one representative writer insists that ‘this plea of mercy to the rebels is a complot of our enemies, to spare those sons of violence… that they may once again, with re-united efforts, aim at our destruction’ (Gentleman’s Magazine, XVI (August 1746), 416–17). CHAPTER VII. 1. Hoadley: Benjamin Hoadly (1676–1761), the low-church bishop of Winchester, whom Parson Adams defends against both his high-church and his Methodist adversaries in Joseph Andrews, pp. 113–14 (I.

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