Study Guide

Tom Jones Book 6, Chapter 8

By Henry Fielding

Book 6, Chapter 8

The Meeting Between Jones and Sophia

  • Tom finds Sophia standing, covered with tears and blood from her bitten lips.
  • Sophia shouts that it would have been better for both of them if Tom had just left her to be killed by that horse (back in Book 4, Chapter 13).
  • Tom (of course) protests these extreme thoughts.
  • Sophia doesn't see any way out of the marriage.
  • She doesn't want to hurt her father or to destroy Tom by marrying him without the permission of their guardians.
  • Tom exclaims that the only ruin for him would be to live without Sophia.
  • They stand holding hands, unsure what to do next.