By Dan Harmon Okay, here's that part where the self appointed guru tells you exactly what needs to happen and when. I hope I've made it clear to you before I do that that the REAL structure of any good story is simply circular - a descent into the unknown and eventual return - and that any specific descriptions of that process are specific to you and your story.
Table of Contents Plot Overview The distinguished country gentleman Allworthy, who lives in Somersetshire with his unmarried sister Bridget Allworthy, arrives home from a trip to London to discover a baby boy in is bed. Allworthy undertakes to uncover the mother and father of this foundling, and finds local woman Jenny Jones and her tutor, Mr.
Allworthy sends Jenny away from the county, and the poverty-stricken Partridge leaves of his own accord. In spite of the criticism of the parish, Allworthy decides to bring up the boy. Captain Blifil regards Tom Jones with jealousy, since he wishes his son to inherit all of Allworthy possessions.
While meditating on money matters, Captain Blifil falls dead of an apoplexy. The narrator skips forward twelve years. Blifil and Tom Jones have been brought up together, but receive vastly different treatment from the other members of the household.
Allworthy is the only person who shows consistent affection for Tom. Tom tells all of his secrets to Blifil, who then relates these to Thwackum or Allworthy, thereby getting Tom into trouble. Tom has already bestowed his affection on Molly Seagrim, the poor but feisty daughter of Black George.
When Molly becomes pregnant, Tom prevents Allworthy from sending Molly to prison by admitting that he has fathered her child.
Yet he remains with Molly out of honor. Allworthy falls gravely ill and summons his family and friends to be near him. He reads out his will, which states that Blifil will inherit most of his estate, although Tom is also provided for.
Thwackum and Square are upset that they are each promised only a thousand pounds. A lawyer named Dowling arrives and announces the sudden and unexpected death of Bridget Allworthy.
When the doctor announces that Allworthy will not die, Tom rejoices and gets drunk on both joy and alcohol.
Blifil calls Tom a "bastard" and Tom retaliates by hitting him. Tom, after swearing eternal constancy to Sophia, encounters Molly by chance and makes love to her. She and the Squire fight constantly, but they unite over Mrs.
Blifil thus begins his courtship of Sophia, and brags so much about his progress that Allworthy believes that Sophia must love Blifil. Sophia, however, strongly opposes the proposal, and Squire Western grows violent with her. Blifil tells Allworthy that Tom is a rascal who cavorted drunkenly about the house, and Allworthy banishes Tom from the county.
Tom does not want to leave Sophia, but decides that he must follow the honorable path. Tom begins to wander about the countryside. In Bristol, he happens to meet up with Partridge, who becomes his loyal servant.
Tom also rescues a Mrs. Waters from being robbed, and they begin an affair at a local inn. When Tom finds the muff, he frantically sets out in pursuit of Sophia.The Purdue University Online Writing Lab serves writers from around the world and the Purdue University Writing Lab helps writers on Purdue's campus.
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