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Tom Jones Book 5, Chapter 10

By Henry Fielding

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Book 5, Chapter 10

Shewing the Truth of Many Observations of Ovid, and of Other More Grave Writers, Who Have Proved, Beyond Contradiction, that Wine Is Often the Fore-runner of Incontinency

  • Tom goes off for a walk to cool his head (and to sober up).
  • As he is wandering around in the pleasant air, Tom starts thinking about Sophia.
  • So—to be honest, he's getting horny.
  • And who should wander by just as Tom is having passionate thoughts? Molly Seagrim.
  • She's been working hard in the fields, and she's all sweaty.
  • Immediately, Tom is like—hmmmm.
  • The two of them bicker for about fifteen minutes before they go off together into a clearing in the forest.
  • The narrator reminds us that Tom is drunkso we shouldn't blame him too much for making what is obviously a big mistake.
  • Mr. Blifil spots Tom far off with a girl.
  • He can't see who the girl is, but it doesn't matter—he knows Tom, and he knows what Tom is up to.
  • So Mr. Blifil runs for Mr. Thwackum, who he knows will attack Tom properly.
  • Mr. Thwackum is very serious about abstinence: his own, and everyone else's.
  • Mr. Thwackum comes storming towards the clearing in a rage.
  • He and Mr. Blifil make so much noise stomping through the underbrush that Tom totally hears them coming.

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