Study Guide

Tom Jones Book 6, Chapter 3

By Henry Fielding

Book 6, Chapter 3

Containing Two Defiances to the Critics

  • As soon as Squire Allworthy gets better, he and Squire Western schedule a dinner.
  • Sophia believes that Mrs. Western has guessed that she is in love with Tom.
  • So she decides to use this dinner as a chance to prove that she absolutely is not.
  • Sophia spends the whole evening talking to Mr. Blifil and ignoring Tom.
  • Watching Sophia at dinner, Squire Western decides that she has to be in love with Mr. Blifil.
  • He pulls Squire Allworthy aside and proposes a match between the two.
  • Squire Allworthy agrees that, if Sophia and Mr. Blifil love each other, he would be happy with the match.
  • Squire Western is disappointed that Squire Allworthy doesn't just say, "Yes! We'll marry them right this very second!"
  • In fact, some critics may think that it seems stupid of Squire Western not to force the marriage through right away.
  • After all, the marriage would secure both Sophia and his nephew's fortunes.
  • But the narrator reminds us that true wisdom isn't just seizing an opportunity when it comes by.
  • For Squire Allworthy, the cost of forcing his nephew into a marriage is not worth the chance of making a ton of money.