Tom tries to visit the Irish nobleman's mansion, but he goes to the address that the nobleman rented before he left for Ireland.
Now, the nobleman is staying somewhere else.
Finally, Tom agrees with Partridge to give up the search until the following day.
The next morning, he is lucky enough to find the correct house.
He knocks on the door and asks for Sophia.
The servant who opens the door takes one look at his poor clothes and totally refuses to help Tom.
Tom offers him a bribe, and another servant offers to take him to the lady of the house.
The servant brings Tom to see Mrs. Fitzpatrick.
It's almost worse for Tom to come thisclose to seeing Sophia, only to see—Mrs. Fitzpatrick.
Mrs. Fitzpatrick assumes he's a servant of Squire Western's and refuses to talk to him.
But Tom promises to come back later that afternoon.
The serving lady compliments Tom's looks so enthusiastically Mrs. Fitzpatrick decides to meet with Tom when he comes back to the house.
Tom has now guessed that Sophia is here with her cousin, but hidden from him.
At their meeting, Tom is very polite.
Mrs. Fitzpatrick still won't tell him anything about Sophia.
She guesses that he is Mr. Blifil, and she doesn't want to betray her cousin.
After he takes off, a maid guesses to Mrs. Fitzpatrick that Tom is probably Tom Jones.
She tells all about Tom to one of the other maids, and the maid passes on the story of Sophia's heartbreak to Mrs. Fitzpatrick.
Mrs. Fitzpatrick decides that (a) yes, he has to be the guy Sophia loves (because he's so dreamy), and (b) it's a good thing she didn't tell him where to find Sophia, because he's supposed to be so loose with women.