Study Guide

Tom Jones Book 8, Chapter 4

By Henry Fielding

Book 8, Chapter 4

In Which Is Introduced One of the Pleasantest Barbers That Was Ever Recorded in History, the Barber of Bagdad, Nor He in Don Quixote Not Excepted

  • Tom wakes up again after sleeping seven hours.
  • He feels awesome.
  • He goes down to the kitchen for some food.
  • Tom also asks for a barber to come and shave him.
  • The barber arrives: his name is Little Benjamin.
  • He jokes with Tom so quickly that Tom is charmed.
  • Tom invites Little Benjamin to stay and have a drink with him.
  • Tom eats dinner fast and then orders a bottle of wine to split with Little Benjamin.
  • Meanwhile, Little Benjamin has been listening to the landlady telling her servants all about Tom.
  • Some of the general facts she mentions are true.
  • But most of it is totally made up by the landlady.
  • Still, Little Benjamin realizes that Tom is that kid, the boy who was raised by Squire Allworthy.
  • Little Benjamin tells the landlady he knows of Tom.