Study Guide

Tom Jones Book 1, Chapter 2

By Henry Fielding

Book 1, Chapter 2

A Short Description of Squire Allworthy, and a Fuller Account of Miss Bridget Allworthy His Sister

  • As you might expect from his name—Allworthy, so, worthy of everything—Squire Allworthy is an awesome guy.
  • He lives on an estate in Somersetshire (now usually just called Somerset), in southwestern England.
  • He is honest, smart, healthy, and good-hearted.
  • He is also really, really rich.
  • He was married to a very nice woman when he was younger.
  • They had three children, but none of them lived to adulthood.
  • Then, tragically, his wife also died.
  • Squire Allworthy never married again.
  • He lives with his sister, Bridget Allworthy.
  • Bridget is an "old maid" (1.2.3)—she is single and (supposedly) beyond the age where it is possible for her to get married.