Study Guide

Tom Jones Characters

By Henry Fielding

Tom Jones

So, we just saw The Avengers, and it hit us like Captain America's spinning shield of doom:...

Squire Thomas Allworthy

At the start of Tom Jones, we meet Squire Allworthy, a widower living with his unmarried sister...

Bridget Allworthy

We get a pretty different sense of Bridget's character at the beginning of the novel and at the...

The Narrator

The narrator of Tom Jones occupies a pretty weird place in the novel, since he doesn't...

Deborah Wilkins

Mrs. Wilkins (and the "Mrs." here just means that she's older, not that she's married) is Squire...

Jenny Jones/Mrs. Waters

Our opinion of Jenny Jones change a lot over the course of the novel. In Jenny's case, the reason...

Doctor Blifil

We first find out exactly how generous Squire Allworthy is when we meet poor Doctor Blifil....

Captain John Blifil

It's probably not too surprising, given that the novel calls him "Captain Blifil," that this guy...

Benjamin Partridge

Partridge is your classic sidekick. In fact, he's so classic that the description of the...

Mr. Blifil

In our Character Analysis of Tom Jones, we said that Tom is like Marvel's Thor: fun loving,...

Mr. Thwackum

Mr. Thwackum is Tom and Mr. Blifil's tutor when they are boys. He is also a clergyman working at...

Mr. Square

Mr. Square is the second tutor for Tom and Mr. Blifil when they are children together. Squire...

Sophia Western

When we first see Sophia Western, the narrator comes out and tells us that she is our heroine....

Squire Western

Squire Western lives on the estate next door to Squire Allworthy's, but he is a very different...

Mrs. Western

(Don't let the "Mrs." fool you: Mrs. Western is Squire Western's sister, not his wife. She goes...

Mr. Supple

Something that is "supple" is soft and bendable. When the word is applied to people, it often...

Lady Bellaston

Lady Bellaston's part in Tom Jones is, frankly, a little bizarre. She is a relative of Sophia's,...

Lord Fellamar

Lord Fellamar is an aristocrat (duh: lord) and a member of the British army. He is also an oddly...

Harriet Fitzpatrick

It's funny: just as Sophia runs away from home, finds Tom at the inn at Upton, and then decides...

Molly Seagrim

Molly is Tom's first love. She is the daughter of Black George the gamekeeper, and famous in the...

Honour Blackmore

Mrs. Honour is Sophia's maid, and her ability to mingle with servants and catch up on gossip ends...

Black George, the Gamekeeper

George Seagrim, also known as Black George, confuses us a little bit. His behavior in this book...

The Man of the Hill

Book 8 includes this multi-chapter episode in the life of a man ("Jack") who goes primarily by...

Brian Fitzpatrick

There aren't too many nationalities represented in Tom Jones: the big majority of characters are...

The King of the Gypsies

The scene where Tom and Partridge happen upon a Roma wedding in Book 12, Chapter 12 gives...

Mr. Nightingale

Mr. Nightingale is a very, very small-scale foil to Tom. We say that because Tom and Mr. Blifil...