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Tom Jones – Book II

Summary Chapter I This is to be a different kind of History, the narrator informs us, one that chooses carefully where to devote its “Pains” and “Paper.” The narrator invokes the simile of a lottery, declaring that he will focus on the prizes drawn, not on the blanks. The narrator dubs himself “the Founder of …

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Tom Jones – Book V

Summary Chapter I The narrator prides himself on being the founder of “prosai-comi-epic Writing.” He explains that the chapters that preface every book are meant philosophical and historical treatises. He then turns his focus on “critics,” to whom he believes have received such authority that they think they can create rules for authors. The rules …

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Tom Jones – Book VI

Summary Chapter I Since the previous book was about the “Passion of Love,” this book will probe the notion of love even further. The narrator defines love by means of four points: first, there are minds that do not experience love; second, love cannot be ruled by lust; third, love does seek self-satisfaction; lastly, when …

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Tom Jones – Book VIII

Summary Chapter I The narrator distinguishes his genre as that of the “Marvellous” but not “Incredible.” Writers should confine themselves not only to possibility, but to probability, and should not invoke the aid of “supernatural Agents” as Homer unfortunately did. “Man” is the highest subject and writing should not be sullied by the inventions of …

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Tom Jones – Book IX

Summary Chapter I These prefatory chapters have been inserted as a gauge for readers to sort out “what is true and genuine in this historic Kind of Writing, from what is false and counterfeit.” The narrator sets himself apart as a “Historian.” This brand of author requires genius, learning, conversation, and “a good Heart.” Chapter …

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