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MonkeyNotes-Tom Jones by Henry Fielding

Book Ten

Chapters 6 - 9

Summary

The next morning, Tom returns to his own bed. Partridge advises Tom not to indulge in wars, but the latter does not pay heed to Partridge's words. Tom sees the muff that Sophia had left on his bed. He is surprised, shocked and decides to leave the inn to go after Sophia. In the meanwhile we learn that the sergeant had marched off with his party. The two Irishmen decide to leave together. Mrs. Fitzpatrick still continues searching for his wife.

Squire Western arrives at the Upton Inn now in pursuit of his daughter. We learn that the squire's niece and daughter had left the Inn early in the morning. Squire Western fights with Tom as soon as he lays eyes on him. Mr. Fitzpatrick interferes in the fight by saying that he had seen Tom and Sophia in bed together last night. He takes up the Squire to Mrs. Waters' room. The Squire sees that the lady is not Sophia and on not finding her, goes back to Tom below. He is furious. On learning that there is a commission of Peace in the house, Squire Western undertakes to accuse Tom for the robbery of Sophia's muff. But Tom is acquitted because of the supporting evidence of Partridge and Susan.


Tom vows to find Sophia and leaves the inn, without bothering about Mrs. Waters. Squire Western too goes in search of his daughter. He does not pay attention to his niece's husband - Mr. Fitzpatrick. Mrs. Waters joins the two Irish gentlemen in their journey to Bath. She becomes quite friendly to the handsome Mr. Fitzpatrick.

In the eighth chapter we learn what had transpired in the Western house when it was known that Sophia had fled the house. Squire Western and his sister had argued again about Sophia, before the Squire left the scene in a huff.

In the ninth chapter, it is related how Sophia had made her escape from her father's house. As she was traveling, she learnt about the route that Tom had taken himself. She decides to follow him instead of going to London immediately. She stops at the same Inn where Tom had stopped - at the village where Tom had met Quaker and also at Mrs. Whitefield's. Finally, after some hectic travelling, Sophia reached Upton Inn. We also learn how her father Squire Western too had followed Sophia's trail to reach the Upton Inn himself.

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