Study Guide

Tom Jones Book 12, Chapter 11

By Henry Fielding

Book 12, Chapter 11

The Disasters Which Befel Jones on His Departure for Coventry, With the Sage Remarks of Partridge

  • The road from Coventry to London is really obvious.
  • It should be impossible to get lost except that, somehow, Tom and Partridge are.
  • They've been going on small side roads instead of the main road, and the weather is bad.
  • Partridge believes that they've been cursed by a witch.
  • Tom laughs, and Partridge falls from his horse. (Luckily, he's not injured.)
  • This fall makes Patridge sure that a witch is involved.
  • Tom asks, if this is a witch's curse, why Partridge was the one who fell off his horse when it was Tom who was mocking the whole idea of witchcraft?
  • The guide and his horse then promptly fall in the mud.
  • They are both fine, fortunately.
  • Partridge, again, takes this as proof that a witch is casting an evil spell on them. Partridge believes that they have been bewitched to go in circles.
  • Partridge thinks they should find an inn and hide, but Tom doesn't listen.