The History of Tom Jones: A Foundling. By Henry Fielding, Esq; In Four Volumes. ...

J.L. Legrand, 1791

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When I need a work to blame for my obsession of literature, my mind tends to jump immediately to Tom Jones and Henry Fielding--even before Jane Austen does. It was the first book published pre-1900 that captivated me from beginning to end, and I never cease to smile when I reflect upon that first experience. Tom's trials and tribulations throughout the story will almost certainly make you laugh, cry, cringe, and hold you in suspense. Fielding's ability to continually enthrall his audience amazes me. The chapter headings alone aught to give you an idea of exactly what you're getting yourself into when you pick up (or download) this book. Although it is a "rags to riches to rags to riches" story, I dare you not to be captivated by the humorous and tragic characters. Give it a try; if you still aren't impressed by the third chapter it may not be for you. But because of Fielding's dialog and ambitious (in all meanings of the word) characters, I highly doubt that will happen if you are a fan of works along the line of Austen. 

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Página 185 - As soon as the play, which was Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, began, Partridge was all attention, nor did he break silence till the entrance of the ghost; upon which he asked Jones, "What man that was in the strange dress ; something," said he, "like what I have seen in a picture. Sure it is not armour, is it?" Jones answered, "That is the ghost.
Página 189 - He the best player!" cries Partridge, with a contemptuous sneer, "why, I could act as well as he myself. I am sure, if I had seen a ghost, I should have looked in the very same manner, and done just as he did. And then, to be...
Página 185 - Partridge gave that credit to Mr. Garrick which he had denied to Jones, and fell into so violent a trembling that his knees knocked against each other. Jones asked him what was the matter, and whether he was afraid of the warrior upon the stage. 'O la ! sir,' said he, 'I perceive now It is what you told me.
Página 187 - O la! what noise is that! There he is again. Well, to be certain, though I know there is nothing at all in it, I am glad I am not down yonder, where those men are.
Página 187 - ... did not you yourself observe afterwards, when he found it was his own father's spirit, and how he was murdered in the garden, how his fear forsook him by degrees, and he was struck dumb with sorrow, as it were, just as I should have been, had it been my own case? But hush!
Página 188 - I should serve her so. To be sure all duty to a mother is forfeited by such wicked doings. Ay, go about your business; I hate the sight of you.
Página 190 - ... should have looked in the very same manner, and done just as he did. And then, to be sure, in that scene, as you called it, between him and his mother, where you told me he acted so fine, why, Lord help me, any man, that is, any good man, that had such a mother, would have done exactly the same. I know you are only joking with me ; but indeed, madam, though I was never at a play in London, yet I have seen acting before in the country ; and the king for my money; he speaks all his words distinctly,...
Página 186 - Nay, you may call me coward if you will; but if that little man there upon the stage is not frightened, I never saw any man frightened in my life. Ay, ay: go along with you: Ay, to be sure!
Página 189 - Ay, ay, you may sing. You had rather sing than work, I believe." Upon Hamlet's taking up the skull, he cried out, " Well, it is strange to see how fearless some men are. I never could bring myself to touch...
Página 187 - Well, said he, how people may be deceived by faces ! Nulla fides fronti, is, I find, a true saying. Who would think, by looking in the king's face, that he had ever committed a murder ? He then...

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