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MonkeyNotes-Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
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The kindly, prosperous Mr Allworthy finds a baby boy on his bed and adopts the mysterious child, naming it Tom Jones. Allworthy suspects that Jenny Jones, a maid-servant to the wife of the schoolmaster Partridge, is the mother. Jenny leaves the neighborhood. Allworthy's sister Bridget marries Captain Blifil and they have a son. Tom and young Blifil are raised together. Years later a rivalry over the attention of Sophia Western arises between them. Because of an affair with the gamekeeper's daughter Molly Seagrim, and because of Blifil's treachery, Tom is expelled from Squire Allworthy's house.


He experiences adventures in the picaresque section of the novel. He has a one night stand with Mrs. Waters and later drifts into an affair with Lady Bellaston at London. He nearly kills Mr. Fitzpatrick in a duel, and is imprisoned. Meanwhile, Sophia too had fleed to London to escape the marriage with Blifil. She had been putting up at Lady Bellaston's place, though the later hated the fact that Sophia occupied foremost place in Jones' heart. Then, Jenny Jones turns up to reveal that Bridget is the mother of Tom, and Blifil's cruelties to Tom over the years are exposed - Blifil knew the truth of Tom's birth. Tom marries Sophia, who forgives him for his infidelities. Tom is also reconciled with his previous benefactor Squire Allworthy and he succeeds in becoming his rightful and deserving heir.

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