Study Guide

Tom Jones Book 2, Chapter 2

By Henry Fielding

Book 2, Chapter 2

Religious Cautions Against Showing Too much Favour to Bastards; and a Great Discovery Made By Mrs. Deborah Wilkins

  • Eight months after Captain Blifil and Bridget Allworthy get married, Bridget has a baby boy.
  • Squire Allworthy is excited about his new nephew.
  • He also loves the little baby that Jenny Jones left for him, whom he calls Tom.
  • Squire Allworthy thinks his nephew and little Tom should be raised together.
  • Captain Blifil doesn't think much of this idea.
  • In fact, he thinks that little Tom should be punished for the crime of being born outside of marriage (as though baby Tom has any say in the behavior of his parents, right?).
  • Squire Allworthy tells Captain Blifil it's pretty immoral to want to punish a child for its parents' sins.
  • Obviously, Captain Blifil is mainly worried that Squire Allworthy will leave his money to Tom instead of baby Blifil in his will.
  • Mrs. Wilkins, meanwhile, is 100% sure that she has figured out the secret father of Tom.