Study Guide

Tom Jones Book 11, Chapter 10

By Henry Fielding

Book 11, Chapter 10

Containing a Hint or Two Concerning Virtue, and a Few More Concerning Suspicion

  • Sophia, Mrs. Fitzpatrick, and the Irish nobleman are in London.
  • Mrs. Fitzpatrick refuses to stay in the Irish nobleman's house while his wife is out of town.
  • She's very serious about maintaining the appearance of virtue.
  • So the two women find a separate place to stay.
  • Here's the deal with Mrs. Fitzpatrick: once she ran away from her husband, she realized she needed a protector.
  • What better protector could she have than this Irish nobleman who rescued her from her husband's house?
  • But she doesn't want to make it obvious that she's his mistress.
  • So they are keeping his relationship to her very secret.
  • Sophia figures all of this out by watching the Irish nobleman, who's much worse at keeping a secret than Mrs. Fitzpatrick.
  • This makes Sophia really eager to go to that relative of hers (Lady Bellaston) who's living in London.
  • She's uncomfortable staying with Mrs. Fitzpatrick, and Mrs. Fitzpatrick is uncomfortable having her there.
  • As Sophia leaves, she advises her cousin to think of making up with her husband (which, honestly, we think is terrible advice. The man locked her in a room for three weeks! Come on, Sophia.)
  • Mrs. Fitzpatrick tells Sophia to be less serious all the time.
  • Her virtuous attitude won't work in the city.