Study Guide

Tom Jones Book 5, Chapter 8

By Henry Fielding

Book 5, Chapter 8

Containing Matter Rather Natural Than Pleasing

  • Mrs. Wilkins isn't really crying out of mourning for Squire Allworthy.
  • She is furious that he didn't single her out above the other servants to receive more money in his will.
  • She mutters a lot of horrible things about Squire Allworthy under her breath.
  • Misters Thwackum and Square are also not too happy with their inheritances.
  • Mr. Blifil comes in looking really bummed out.
  • It turns out that that lawyer who arrived at the end of the last chapter?
  • He's here because he has terrible news: Bridget (remember, Mr. Blifil's mom?) has died suddenly while away from home.
  • The doctor warns Mr. Blifil that they may not want to give Squire Allworthy this news quite yet, while he is still so ill.
  • The shock may not be good for the squire's health.
  • But Mr. Blifil insists on telling Squire Allworthy right now that his sister has died.
  • The doctor and Mr. Blifil approach Squire Allworthy's sickbed.
  • In fact, the squire is looking a lot better.
  • Mr. Blifil tells Squire Allworthy the bad news about Bridget.
  • Squire Allworthy wants Mr. Blifil to make the funeral arrangements.