The Wise Demeanour of Mr. Western in the Character of a Magistrate. A Hint to Justices of Peace, Concerning the Necessary Qualifications of a Clerk, With Extraordinary Instances of Paternal Madness, and Filial Afffection
Like Squire Allworthy, Squire Western is a justice of the peace for the people on his estate.
When Squire Western hears what Mrs. Honour said to his sister, he swears he'll send her to a house of correction.
Luckily, Squire Western has a clerk who actually knows something about law.
The clerk informs Squire Western that, unfortunately, you can't actually send someone to jail for being rude.
Still, Mrs. Honour does get fired, though, which sets up Sophia's escape plan nicely.
Mrs. Honour now has no choice but to pack up all of her things.
Sophia and Mrs. Honour arrange to meet up at midnight.
That evening, Squire Western speaks to Sophia so angrily that she pretends to obey his orders.
When it seems like Sophia is going along with his plans, Squire Western suddenly becomes very kind to her again.
Squire Western's sudden niceness makes Sophia feel really guilty about running away.
But then she remembers Tom and forgets any thoughts of obeying her father.