Study Guide

Tom Jones Book 6, Chapter 14

By Henry Fielding

Book 6, Chapter 14

A Short Chapter, Containing A Short Dialogue Between Squire Western and His Sister

  • Mrs. Western tells Squire Western that he can't just keep his daughter locked up forever.
  • The two of them get briefly distracted from this issue by an argument over national politics.
  • Clearly, neither of them really know what they're talking about when it comes to Issues Facing The Nation.
  • Finally, Squire Western agrees to what Mrs. Western has wanted all along: he says he'll leave Sophia's care in her aunt's hands.
  • He says he has always agreed "that women are the properest to manage women" (6.14.1).
  • Mrs. Western goes to Sophia's room to release her.