An Extraordinary Scene Between Sophia and Her Aunt
The narrator uses the (kind of creepy) image of a doe escaping from the forest into the world of man and getting hunted down and eaten, no matter how she tries to escape, to describe Sophia's current marital situation.
(Again, we're just going to take a second to draw attention to the extreme ickiness of that comparison. Sophia on the marriage market = doe getting hunted to death. Marriage in the eighteenth century must really have been a treat.)
So, as soon as Sophia thinks that she has escaped Mr. Blifil, this new guy (Lord Fellamar) becomes a serious threat.
Mrs. Western informs Sophia that Lord Fellamar is coming by that afternoon.
Mrs. Western thinks it's dishonoring her family name not to accept such a great match.
Mrs. Western threatens that, if Sophia won't see Lord Fellamar this afternoon, than Mrs. Western will throw her back to Squire Western the next day.
Sophia tells her aunt straight out that Lord Fellamar grabbed her and put his hand on her breast.
It was only Squire Western's arrival that prevented him from assaulting her further.
Mrs. Western can't believe that Lord Fellamar had any bad intentions.
So Sophia tries another method to get Mrs. Western to leave her alone about this.
She reminds Mrs. Western that she has always boasted that she had tons of suitors as a young woman, and she broke all their hearts.
One of them even had a title.
How can Mrs. Western ask Sophia to marry a man for his title when she herself refused to?
Mrs. Western immediately starts talking about her own (probably made-up) charms when she was young.
Sophia flatters her so much that Mrs. Western agrees that Sophia has the right to be distant to Lord Fellamar.
Mrs. Western even stays in the room with Sophia and Lord Fellamar when he visits that afternoon.