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Tom Jones Book 5, Chapter 12

By Henry Fielding

Book 5, Chapter 12

In Which Is Seen a More Moving Spectacle, Than All the Blood in the Bodies of Thwackum and Blifil and of Twenty Other Such, Is Capable of Producing

  • Squire Western's company all come running up at the end of the fight.
  • Squire Western has been walking with: Mr. Supple (the curate from Book 4, Chapter 10), Sophia, and Mrs. Western, Sophia's aunt.
  • Mr. Blifil is lying unconscious on the ground.
  • Tom is standing covered with blood, some of it his and some of it Mr. Thwackum's.
  • Mr. Thwackum is also standing, annoyed.
  • And then there is Squire Western, triumphant.
  • Everyone crowds around Mr. Blifil, since he's not looking so good.
  • Sophia faints at the sight of all of this blood.
  • Tom carries Sophia to a nearby brook and starts using water to try to wake her up.
  • She wakes up from her faint, and everyone is delighted.
  • Tom takes off his bloody shirt and begins washing his face.
  • When Sophia sees the bruises on his face and chest, she looks at him warmly.
  • Tom is filled with love for her again.
  • Mr. Thwackum finally gets Mr. Blifil back on his legs.
  • Squire Western asks why they were fighting in the first place.
  • Mr. Thwackum, of course, starts sounding off on Tom's sexual habits.
  • Squire Western pulls Molly out of her nearby hiding place.
  • Sophia asks to go home. She says she is feeling faint again.
  • Squire Western immediately agrees and invites Tom and Misters Thwackum and Blifil to go with them.
  • Only Tom joins the party.