Book 1 ……………………
Ch. 1 — Fielding begins by addressing the writer directly, announcing that he is about to present a morally
uplifting tale, and comparing his book to two recent works, the autobiography of the actor Colley Cibber, and
the novel, Pamela. The joke is that neither is a good example of Biography, because the former is the memoir of
a professional liar, and the latter is a work of fiction. In any case, Fielding tells us, his subject will be as great an
exampl eof chastity as was Pamela, except that this “Character” will represent “Male-Chastity.”
Ch. 2 — A quick narration of Joseph’s childhood, marked by his beauty, singing ability, riding ability, and
desire to learn. We learn that he is sent to work at a very young age on the estate of Sir Thomas Booby.
Ch. 3 — Parson Adams is introduced as Joseph’s mentor and tutor. He is a self-taught scholar and the curate
of Lord Booby’s estate. He is paid a small salary by the clergyman appointed to take care of the parish
nearest the Booby estate. His duties include running holy services, visiting the poor and sick, and educating
local children. He is characterized by his naivete — he is so honest that he cannot perceive or suspect
dishonesty in anyone else. Mrs. Slipslop is also introduced as a woman who likes to pretend to be high-class
and very learned by (mis)using difficult words. She informs Parson Adams that Joseph must accompany
Lady Booby, a beautiful and fashionable woman, to her London residence to act as her footman (male
Ch. 4 — Joseph picks up a few town affectations — vanity about his clothes and hair, a love of going to the
theater — but remains honest and modest overall — so modest that he does not suspect that Lady Booby is
falling in love with him.
Ch. 5 — Sir Thomas Booby dies, and leaves a less-than-grieving widow. After a full week of mourning, Lady
Booby calls Joseph to her bedroom and tries to hint that he could have his way with her if he wanted to. He
doesn’t understand, and his assurances that he respects her too much ever to think of touching her anger her
Ch. 6 — Joseph, worried about his mistress’s anger, writes to his sister, Pamela Adams, letting her know he
may soon be fired and, if so, will return to the country and Parson Adams. (Joseph’s sister is the heroine of
the novel Pamela, written by Samuel Richardson. In that work, she was the virtuous governess whose long
resistance of Mr. B__’s advances eventually so impressed him that he married her.) Mrs. Slipslop meets
Joseph in the servant’s quarters; her personality is described in more detail. She apparently had one love
affair as a girl but has “reclaimed” her virginity and has been a prude ever since. Having passed childbearing age, however, she is on the lookout for another lover, but lacks the physical attractiveness to make
such a hunt successful. Still, she offers herself to Joseph. Her mangled, pseudo-sophisticated English
confuses him, and he is nearly embraced by her forcibly when Lady Booby summons Slipslop just in time.
Ch. 7 — Lady Booby and Slipslop both insist to each other that they hate Joseph. Slipslop accuses him
(falsely) of getting a serving-maid pregnant. Lady Booby tells Slipslop to fire them both. Slipslop defends
Joseph, and Lady Booby, after changing her mind a few times, sends for Joseph.
Ch. 8 — Fielding, after urging his easily-shocked and highly moral female readers not to condemn Lady
Booby for her passion for Joseph, describes Joseph in great physical detail. Lady Booby interviews Joseph
(again in her bedroom) and propositions him more directly. He still seems not to understand and protests
that his Virtue would never allow him to take advantage of a high-born lady. Lady Booby is insulted again at
the notion that a man can have a virtue to protect, or would want to, and again dismisses Joseph.
Ch. 9 — Mrs. Slipslop, who was eavesdropping the whole time, again tries to defend Joseph. When Lady
Booby yells at her, she hints that she’ll tell all the Lady’s friends that she loves her servant. Lady Booby,
realizing her predicament, makes up with Slipslop, who in turn has no desire to find a new job at her
age. They reach a truce. Fielding then describes Lady Booby’s conflicting emotions in allegorical terms.
Ch. 10 — Joseph writes another letter to his sister complaining that, even though Parson Adams had taught
him that Chastity was the greatest virtue one could have, no one else seems to hold the same opinion. He
encourages her to protect her own chastity in her position at Mr. B__’s, and promises to do the same
himself. Joseph is then given his wages and sent away; he immediately begins to walk back to his country
Ch. 11 — Fielding explains that the reason Joseph is going back to Sir Booby’s estate rather than his own
parents’ house is because he loves a girl back home named Fanny. A sudden storm sends Joseph to an inn for
shelter, where he discovers the servant of a neighboring estate back home who is driving a cart in that
direction. He hitches a ride.
Ch. 12 — He gets 20 miles further along and is dropped off to continue walking. He is accosted by two
thieves who beat him severely and steal his money and clothes. He is left for dead but is rescued by a coach
driver who takes him inside the coach (to the vehement objections of the snooty occupants) to another
Inn. The chambermaid, Betty, takes pity on him, but is unable to get a surgeon (doctor) to see him in the
middle of the night. The Innkeeper, Mr. Tow-wouse, tries to give Joseph some clothes but is berated by his
stingy wife. The surgeon finally comes and finds Joseph near death.
Ch. 13 — The incompetent surgeon frightens Joseph into writing a farewell letter to Fanny and sends for the
clergyman, Mr. Barnabas, to offer confession to Joseph, who has no sins to confess. Joseph and Barnabas
have a theological debate about forgiveness. Betty cares for Joseph against Mrs. Tow-wouse’s orders.
Ch. 14 — The other guests at the Inn (Mr. Barnabas, the doctor, a lawyer, and a “Gentleman”) discuss the
unfortunate robbery and its victim. The “Gentleman” takes a particular interest in Joseph and a dislike to
Mrs. Tow-wouse and the quack doctor. Betty comes with news that the thieves have been caught and
Joseph’s things recovered, and she wants to find a gold charm on a ribbon that Joseph has been asking
for. When the “Gentleman” sees the clothes, he recognizes them and runs up to Joseph, who recognizes the
Gentleman as Parson Adams.
Ch. 15 — Joseph, improving and defended by Betty, is allowed to visit with Parson Adams, who tells him he’s
on the road, headed to London to have a book of his sermons published. Parson Adams has enough money to
see Joseph well cared-for for a few days more.
Ch. 16 — Parson Adams realizes his money is running out, and asks Mr. Tow-wouse if he might borrow a
small sum, leaving his collection of sermons as collateral. Mr. Tow-wouse declines. Parson Adams sits and
observes many disreputable types coming and going, and is invited to drink with the clergyman, Mr.
Barnabas, who argues with him about the value of reading sermons. Joseph continues to improve.
Ch. 17 — Mr. Barnabas introduces Parson Adams to a bookseller, who proposes to take the manuscript on to
London so that Adams can return home with Joseph. However, Adams changes his mind after the bookseller
and Mr. Barnabas begin to discuss the printing and reading of sermons in a purely commercial way.
Suddenly, they are interrupted by the screams of Mrs. Tow-wouse, who has found her husband in bed with
Ch. 18 — Betty’s history — and a list of her many lovers — is offered. Her naturally passionate nature took
over when she tried to climb into bed with Joseph, who refused her, occasioning more praise from the
narrator for his Chastity. Betty’s frustrated passion for Joseph inclines her to sleep with Mr. Tow-wouse,
whose wife, we are told, will make him pay for his sin for the rest of his life.
Ch. 1 — Fielding informs the reader that there is an art to dividing novels up into chapters and books; he
compares it (satirically) to the butcher’s art.
Ch. 2 — When Adams discovers that he actually doesn’t have his sermons with him (his wife packed shirts
instead), he decides to walk back home with Joseph after all. He and Joseph start out, sharing a horse by the
“ride and tie” method, which separates them most of the time. Adams walks first, leaving Joseph behind to
learn that Adams forgot to pay the bill for the horse’s board and feed. Adams has been walking for some time
when he realizes that Joseph has not yet caught up to him; worried (and wet, because he waded through a
puddle), he stops at a Tavern to wait for him.
Ch. 3 — Adams learns from two lawyers that Joseph is detained back at the Inn with no way to pay for the
horse’s feed and lodging. While waiting for a storm to pass, he converses with the two lawyers and the
Tavernkeeper. A coach pulls up, and Adams is surprised to learn that a woman in the coach has paid the horsebill and released Joseph from the Inn — and is even more surprised to learn that the woman is Mrs. Slipslop,
heading back to the Booby country estate. Joseph rides up, Adams is given a seat on the coach, and they travel
on. In the coach, Adams and Slipslop gossip about Lady Booby’s passion for Joseph. They pass a house that
another woman in the coach identifies as the home of “the unfortunate Leonora.”
Ch. 4 — The story of Leonora is told by the lady in the coach — a romance in which a frivolous young woman
abandons her fiancé (Horatio), a good man who truly loves her, for a handsome rascal (Bellarmine). The two
men fight a duel, Bellarmine is wounded, and Leonora is torn between them. The story is interrupted when the
coach makes a dinner stop at an Inn.
Ch. 5 — At the Inn, they find Joseph already there, having a bruised leg (from a fall from his horse) tended by the
Hostess. The Host angrily tells his wife to see to the other guests, getting into an argument with Joseph. Adams
defends Joseph by getting into a fistfight with the Host. The Hostess defends her husband by hitting Adams with
a pan full of pig’s blood. Mrs. Slipslop attacks the Hostess. The brawl is stopped by some passersby. Joseph
takes Adams’s place in the coach and they travel on, Adams supposedly riding ahead on the horse.
Ch. 6 — The story of Leonora resumes. She has chosen the wounded Bellarmine over the noble Horatio, but
when Bellarmine tries to negotiate her dowry with her father, he refuses to give her any money until after his
death. Bellarmine abandons Leonora. The story ends with her living sad and alone, as does the jilted Horatio.
Ch. 7 — The people in the coach are surprised to catch up with Adams, who is walking rather than riding. He has
forgotten the horse, and, seeing the coach, playfully tries to outrun it. He takes a wrong turn and gets
lost. Sitting down to rest, he begins a conversation with a passing hunter.
Ch. 8 — Adams tells a rambling story about the difficulty of raising children in a world where who you know is
more important than what you know.
Ch. 9 — Adams realizes that he is on the wrong road and the coach has passed him by. It’s growing dark, and
the hunter (a gentleman) invites Adams to spend the night at his house. They hear female screams and discover
a young woman being attacked by a man. The Hunter, frightened, runs away, but Adams fights with the
attacker and eventually succeeds in knocking him out. He learns from the young woman that she had been
traveling to London when she was attacked.
Ch. 10 — Some passing young men discover Adams and the young woman. The injured attacker accuses them of
attacking him, and the passersby believe him. They discover a purse of gold on the girl, and assume she stole
it. The group of young men take Adams and the girl to the Justice of the Peace. Along the way, Adams discovers
that the girl is Fanny, Joseph’s sweetheart, headed for London to find him. Fanny pretends for a moment not to
care that Joseph was going to home to find her, but Adams realizes that she really does love him.
Ch. 11 — The Justice and the young men, all ignorant and drunk, make fun of Adams and Fanny. One of the
company finally recognizes Adams and assures the Justice that he’s an honest man. Adams and Fanny are
released, and Fanny begs Adams to walk with her to the Inn where Joseph’s stage-coach has stopped.
Ch. 12 — They must take shelter from a rainstorm, and the narrator takes advantage of the pause to describe
Fanny’s not-quite-perfect, but charming beauty in great detail. They hear a beautiful song coming from the
other room, and Fanny realizes that it’s Joseph’s voice. They reunite happily, with many kisses, for which the
narrator apologizes. Mrs. Slipslop, witnessing the reunion, is jealous.
Ch. 13 — Fielding discusses the difference between “High” and “Low” people, ironically noting that the behavior
of “High” people is only “high” in their own opinion. Mrs. Slipslop says some nasty things about Fanny and
Adams defends her, saying he wished certain highborn people (meaning Lady Booby) were as pure as
Fanny. Slipslop leaves in a carriage sent for her by Lady Booby. Adams, Fanny and Joseph are left in the Inn’s
parlor. Adams conveniently falls asleep and Joseph proposes to Fanny, wakes up Adams, and begs him to marry
them on the spot. Both Adams and Fanny have to convince him to follow the custom of announcing the date of
a wedding (the “banns”) three weeks ahead of time. They prepare to leave but find themselves once again
short of money. Adams proposes to go to a fellow clergyman’s house next door and borrow some money.
Ch. 14 — Adams finds the clergyman, Parson Trulliber, feeding his hogs. Trulliber invites Adams to have
breakfast with him, but is not a very gracious host, grabbing all the food and ale before Adams can get
any. Adams asks Trulliber, as a fellow man of God, to loan him seven shillings. Trulliber refuses angrily and
Adams leaves to avoid a fight.
Ch. 15 — Joseph asks the Hostess of the Inn to let them leave with a promise to repay her later. She agrees
because she mistook Adams when he called her neighbor, Trulliber, his “brother” (meaning spiritual
brother). Learning her mistake, she then refuses to trust them for the money. A poor traveling salesman
overhearing the discussion offers to lend Adams the money, illustrating Fielding’s theory that poor people are
often more generous than rich ones.
Ch. 16 — Walking along, they pass a beautiful house whose owner invites them in. The Squire, as he is called, is
exceedingly friendly, and ends up offering Adams a lucrative position and inviting the travelers to stay with him
for a few days at his larger country estate a little ways off, so that he can order his carriage to take them to their
home. Adams accepts delightedly, only to be told that the Squire has forgotten that his house is closed up, and
that he’ll put them up at the Inn for the night and send horses for them the next morning. In the morning, they
are informed that the horses the Squire has promised them are lame. They then learn that the Squire has left
town, that they have been stranded, and are left with yet another Inn-bill to pay. Adams is mystified as to why
someone would promise kindness to total strangers and then fail to deliver, but Joseph assures him that this
kind of behavior happens in London all the time — people like to appear generous but don’t like to actually give
anything away. The Host of the Inn then informs Adams that this Squire plays this trick on travelers all the
time. This Host, unlike the previous Hostess, is willing to let them travel on with a promise to pay later. He
invites Adams to have a drink with him.
Ch. 17 — The Host relates a tale to Adams about how the Squire had once promised to use his influence to help
find him a position in the Navy, but later was revealed to have no such connections at all. The Host and Adams
then get into an argument about whether you can tell a person’s character from his face (Physiognomy). The
Host begins to make snide remarks about clergymen, but Fanny and Joseph arrive in time to prevent Adams
from fighting with the Host, and they travel on.
Ch. 1 — Fielding again begins a new book with a comment about the art of writing novels. He criticizes the
ability of both pure biography and pure fantasy to create “true” characters — he prefers (his) middle way, which
is to tell a story with fictionalized but recognizable “types. “ At the same time, he cautions the reader not to try
to puzzle out which real-life figure is symbolized by which stereotypical character.
Ch. 2 — Joseph, Adams and Fanny are still walking as night falls. In the total darkness, they sit down to rest, and
Joseph takes the opportunity to cuddle innocently with Fanny. Adams, however, is alarmed by mysterious
lights, and fears ghosts (an ironic fear for a clergyman). They hear angry voices and the sound of a violent
struggle and run away. They approach the lights of a house and are allowed in by a gentleman and his wife, who
give them a drink and carefully try to ascertain whether the group is friendly or dangerous. A knock at the door
alarms them for a moment, but then they find out that Parson Adams’ “ghosts” were merely sheep-stealers,
who have been apprehended. Adams proves to his host with his knowledge of Greek and epic poetry that they
are who they appear to be, and the gentleman happily invites them to eat and spend the night. Fanny goes up
to bed and the men remain at the fire to talk.
Ch. 3 — The gentleman, Mr. Wilson, relates his life story — a tale of foolishness, waste and selfishness. Having
inherited his father’s fortune at a young age (16), Mr. Wilson proceeds over the course of several years to
squander it on all the vices of London — fashion, gambling, whores, mistresses, and the doctor’s bills for the
three cases of venereal disease he contracts. His worst crime, he admits, is that he seduced an innocent young
girl and set her up as his mistress (causing her mother to die of a broken heart); when she left him, she became a
prostitute and died in prison. Some of his money is stolen by his women, some he loses in a lawsuit by a
husband whose wife he had stolen, some is squandered on his attempts to get his own bad play produced, and
he spends his last pennies on a lottery ticket. However, he is forced to give the ticket to a cousin in exchange for
food, and is in debtor’s prison, helpless, when the ticket comes up a winner. He is shocked when he receives a
letter from Harriet, the daughter of the (deceased) cousin, who shares some of the winnings with him. Paying
off his debts, he leaves London and goes to find Harriet to thank her, and they fall in love and marry. After a
failed attempt to take over her father’s wineselling business (Wilson is too honest to turn a profit), he and
Harriet buy a small farm and retire from the world to raise children. Wilson’s only sorrow in life is the loss of his
first child, stolen by gypsies.
Ch. 4 — Wilson ends his story by telling Adams that the child he lost has a birthmark shaped like a strawberry on
his breast. The next morning, he shows off his simple garden to Fanny, Joseph, and Adams, and they all discuss
the pleasures of a plain and simple life. They meet the remaining Wilson children, but the happy mood is
spoiled when the pet dog of one of the daughters is shot by the son of the local Squire, for no reason but cruel
sport. The trio leave sadly, full of admiration for the kind Wilsons.
Ch. 5 — As they walk, Joseph and Adams discuss Mr. Wilson’s life story. Adams offers the opinion that the root
of all evil is the education rich people receive in English “public schools” (actually, exclusive private schools). He
believes that private tutoring is the only way to go. Joseph disagrees, having observed that lots of privatelytutored country gentleman are just as wicked as those who went away to school. They stop by a river for a
picnic lunch and discover that Mr. Wilson has also given them some money for their journey.
Ch. 6 — Joseph wonders at length why charity is so rare, and why most rich people seems so unkind. Adams
falls asleep during this speech. Suddenly, a pack of hounds and hunters chasing a hare run past; the hunters try
to cross the river and fall in. Meanwhile the hounds catch up with the hare close to the sleeping Adams, and in
trying to tear the hare apart the dogs begin ripping Adams’ clothes off, too. Joseph heroically defends Adams
with a stick as the hunters look on and laugh. The Squire (the head of the hunting party) then angrily accuses
Joseph of injuring his dogs, but when he sees Fanny, becomes friendly and invites them to dinner.
Ch. 7 — Parson Adams dines at the Squire’s table; Joseph and Fanny (as servants) eat in the kitchen, but the
Squire has given his staff orders to get Joseph drunk. The Squire’s biography is told; he exemplifies Joseph’s
opinion about education, because he has been taught by a private tutor but has developed all the vices we have
begun to associate regularly with the rich. His main characteristic is a lack of respect for anything serious; this is
displayed when he and his friends ridicule Adams behind his back and play practical jokes on him through the
whole dinner. Adams makes a speech about Respect, and the Squire makes a show of apologizing to him. One
of the guests proposes that Adams participate in a mock-philosophical debate and sets up a “throne” on which
Adams will sit and play the part of Socrates. Adams, drunk by now, agrees, but the throne is a contraption that
dumps Adams into a tub of water. Adams, however, pulls the Squire in with him, and then grabs Joseph and
Fanny and leaves.
Ch. 8 — They walk until they find an Inn at which to spend the night (meanwhile, the Squire has sent his friends
to pursue and bring back Fanny). There, Adams enters a conversation with a Catholic priest (who is traveling in
disguise, as Catholicism is illegal at this time) about the joys of poverty; the priest then asks him to loan him
enough money for his tavern bill. Adams discovers that he has lost the money Wilson gave them.
Ch. 9 — Joseph hears knocking at the door of the Inn; the Squire’s friends have arrived and tell the Host that
Fanny has been abducted by Joseph and Adams. Adams and Joseph defend Fanny; there is a huge fight, and
Joseph defends Adams by hitting the leader of the group (a soldier called the Captain) over the head with a full
chamberpot. However, Joseph and Adams are eventually subdued and tied up, and the men run away with
Ch. 10 — Two of the Squire’s gang left to guard Joseph and Adams — one a playwright and the other an actor —
debate what makes a good play.
Ch. 11 — At the Inn, Joseph loudly mourns the loss of Fanny, and Adams counsels him to behave like a good
Christian and accept misfortune calmly. Joseph does not find this advice comforting.
Ch. 12 — Along the road, meanwhile, the Captain advises Fanny to let the Squire seduce her and give her
presents, rather than force him to rape her. Fanny calls out to two men escorting a carriage that she’s being
abducted; one of the men recognizes her and forces the Squire’s friends at gunpoint to give her up. It turns out
that the carriage belongs to Lady Booby’s butler, Peter Pounce, who takes her back to the Inn (with the captured
Captain) where Joseph and Adams are imprisoned. Joseph, joyously reunited with Fanny, beats the
Captain. They all begin to ride back to Booby Hall.
Ch. 13 — Adams and Peter Pounce debate about Charity — Adams believes it’s the responsibility of the rich
to care for the poor, and Pounce believes that the poor can take care of themselves, especially in the
country. Adams, offended, gets out of the carriage and walks the last mile to Booby Hall.
Ch. 1 — Lady Booby arrives at her country estate; Fielding comments that the tenants of the estate
are happy to see her only because they have no source of income while she’s gone; however,
their welcome of Parson Adams, Fanny, and Joseph is heartfelt and genuine. We learn that
Lady Booby has become more infatuated with Joseph during his absence; her emotional state
swings dramatically between a desire to reward him for his goodness and a desire to punish
him for being unavailable to her. Mrs. Slipslop reports to her how much Joseph suffered on
his journey home. Lady Booby has just about decided to re-employ Joseph when she hears
the banns — the first announcement of his engagement to Fanny — read aloud during
Ch. 2 — Lady Booby calls Adams to her and criticizes him for associating with a young man she has
fired for moral crimes (Joseph). Adams defends Joseph and Fanny, but Lady Booby insists that he
prevent their marriage. Adams tells her he can’t do that, because they are both legal residents of the
village. Lady Booby threatens to have Adams fired, but he tells her he doesn’t care; he serves a
greater Master than her.
Ch. 3 — Lady Booby consults a lawyer, Mr. Scout, and is enraged to find out that she can’t legally keep
Joseph from living in the area. Scout believes, however, that a corrupt Justice in the area will be able
to bend the law enough to get rid of Joseph and Fanny.
Ch. 4 — On the following Tuesday (a holy day), the banns are read for Joseph and Fanny’s marriage a
second time. Lady Booby, angered, returns home after church to find that Joseph and Fanny have
been brought before the Justice on unspecified charges. She begins to worry that Joseph will be
hanged, when all she really wanted to do was get rid of Fanny. Her late husband’s nephew, Mr.
Booby, and his bride Pamela (Joseph’s sister) arrive for a visit. Lady Booby, however, has no idea at
first that Pamela is Joseph’s sister and welcomes her politely.
Ch. 5 — Mr. Booby (also referred to as the Squire), learning of Joseph’s arrest, resolves to help
him. They go to the Justice, who informs them that Joseph and Fanny have been accused of stealing a
hazel-twig from Lawyer Scout’s field; for this crime they are being sentenced to one month in prison
and a severe whipping. Mr. Booby asks that Joseph and Fanny be put in his custody instead, and gives
Joseph a nice suit of clothes to put on. He takes Joseph and Fanny back to Lady Booby’s and explains
who he is on the way. Mr. Booby asks Lady Booby to welcome Joseph as a houseguest, and Lady
Booby, impressed by seeing Joseph dressed respectably, happily agrees. She refuses, however, to
take in Fanny. She is sent to stay with Adams and his family.
Ch. 6 — Joseph is joyously reunited with his sister, but she seems to be just as jealous of Fanny as Lady
Booby is. She and Lady Booby get along well, however, being equally proud and fashionable. Joseph
and Fanny make plans to marry the next Monday, after the third banns are read on
Sunday. Meanwhile, Lady Booby and Slipslop criticize Pamela behind her back. Lady Booby becomes
angry when Slipslop says she knows Lady Booby tried to get Fanny thrown out of town because of her
love for Joseph; Lady Booby protests that her behavior has been above reproach and calls Slipslop
common. They bicker, and Slipslop again defends Joseph, secure in her ability to blackmail Lady
Ch. 7 — Fielding pauses to consider the factors that create the type of character known as the
coquette, of which Lady Booby is an example. He theorizes that girls are raised by their mothers to be
afraid of men, in an attempt to protect their virtue. Therefore, when they are older, girls will disguise
any feelings of love and pretend that they really hate all men. This theory explains why, the more
Lady Booby loves Joseph, the more erratic and irritable her behavior becomes. She instructs Mr.
Booby to tell Joseph to give up Fanny, if he ever wishes to become a gentleman, and Mr. Booby
agrees. He and Pamela try to pressure Joseph, reminding him that Fanny is beneath him now that he
is a gentleman’s brother-in-law (Pamela in particular resents it when Joseph equates Fanny with her
socially), but Joseph swears he will never part with Fanny. Meanwhile, Fanny is walking on a country
road when a fashionable gentleman (named Beau Didapper, as we will later learn) rides by and
attempts to rape her. She is stronger than he is, however, so he leaves a servant to guard her while
he rides on to the Booby estate. The servant then tries to rape her, tearing her clothes, but she is
rescued by Joseph, who luckily arrives just in time. The attacker runs away, and Joseph becomes
fascinated by the sight of Fanny’s uncovered bosom. However, her blushes make him realize his nearsin and they return, still chaste, to Parson Adams’ house.
Ch. 8 — Adams and his wife, meanwhile, are arguing about the match between Joseph and Fanny —
Mrs. Adams fears that none of their children will be allowed to work for the Boobys if Adams angers
the family with his support for Joseph. Even Mrs. Adams is inclined to believe that Fanny can’t
possibly be both so beautiful and so good as well. Joseph and Fanny arrive and Joseph asks Adams to
help him push the marriage ahead, believing that he can better protect Fanny’s virtue as her
husband. Adams sternly tells Joseph that such haste would imply his marriage is motivated mainly by
lust; good Christians do things in the proper time and accept whatever consequences may happen
with patience. He says that he fears Joseph loves Fanny too much — so much that Joseph would
choose her over God (i.e., if he lost her, he would despair). At this moment, someone comes in and
tells Adams that his youngest son has drowned, and Adams becomes hysterical with grief. Joseph
tries to comfort Adams with his own words — that Christians must accept God’s will, that he’ll see his
little boy in heaven, etc. Adams refuses to be comforted, and when the little boy arrives home wet
but safe (rescued by a passing Pedlar, a traveling salesman), Adams is likewise hysterical in his
joy. Joseph points out rather irritably that Adams is not very good at taking his own advice, and
Adams argues that love for one’s wife can’t be compared to the love for one’s child. Joseph and Mrs.
Adams are unimpressed with this logic.
Ch. 9 — Lady Booby, learning that her guest, Beau Didapper, is infatuated with Fanny, plans to use
him to lure Fanny from Joseph. She invites Didapper and the Boobys to visit Parson Adams in order to
laugh at his poverty. Didapper is described as rich but weak, passive, foolish and ignorant (much like
Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night), with a habit of ridiculing everyone and everything. Didapper
begins to flirt with Fanny. Lady Booby admires Adams’ youngest child (little Dick), and Adams
instructs the boy to read to the group.
Ch. 10 — The boy reads a moral story about a a squabbling couple and their friend’s failed efforts to
act as a marriage counselor. His tale is interrupted, though.
Ch. 11 — The interruption occurs when Joseph sees Didapper try to fondle Fanny and punches him in
the head. Didapper draws his sword but Adams talks them out of fighting. The Boobys and Parson
Adams begin to argue about whether Joseph is right to fight for Fanny’s honor. Lady Booby cautions
Adams that his defense of Joseph is not good policy if he wants to keep his position; she and her
guests leave, as do Joseph and Fanny. Mrs. Adams and their oldest daughter both criticize Adams
about putting his feelings for Joseph and Fanny before his responsibility to his own family; they both
resent Fanny for trying to marry above her station. Joseph and Fanny return with the Pedlar who
rescued the little boy, and invite the Adamses to join them at the Tavern for dinner.
Ch. 12 — At dinner, the Pedlar reveals that he knows who Fanny’s real parents are (she was adopted
by a local family at the age of three). He tells them that years before, when he was a soldier, he had
married a Gypsy woman who confessed on her deathbed that she had stolen a beautiful girl child and
sold her to Sir Thomas Booby. The original parents were a Mr. and Mrs. Andrews. At the news that
Joseph is actually her brother, Fanny faints, while Adams loudly gives thanks that Fanny’s identity was
discovered before the sin of incest was committed.
Ch. 13 — Meanwhile, Lady Booby has taken to her bed with love-sickness. She begins to consider
whether she might be willing to brave social ridicule and marry Joseph after all. Slipslop encourages
her. Left alone, Lady Booby has second thoughts and begins to hate herself for loving a footman —
and one who prefers a low-born girl like Fanny anyway. But when Slipslop comes in with the news
that Fanny and Joseph are sister and brother, Lady Booby immediately loves Joseph again. Joseph,
Fanny, Adams and the Pedlar arrive at Lady Booby’s with the news, which upsets Pamela in
particular. She insists that her parents be brought over to confirm the story before she’ll believe
it. She also criticizes Joseph for being so upset at the news: if he really loved Fanny so purely, the fact
that she was his sister rather than his sweetheart should make no difference. Because of a storm, the
company plans to stay overnight at the Boobys’ while waiting for the Andrews.
Ch. 14 — During the night, Didapper sneaks into the room he thinks is Fanny’s and crawls into the
bed. He mimics Joseph’s voice and announces that news has just arrived that he is not her brother, so
they can sleep together. He discovers, however, that the bed’s occupant is Mrs. Slipslop. She was
willing enough when she thought it was Joseph but, thinking that Didapper was sent to her as a trap
or virtue-test by Lady Booby, begins crying rape — but also won’t let him go. Adams hears Didapper’s
high-pitched cries for help and runs in to rescue what he believes is a damsel in distress (mistaking
Didapper’s soft skin) from a male rapist (mistaking Slipslop’s hairy chin). Didapper runs away and
Adams struggles with Slipslop; they are discovered in this embarrassing position when Lady Booby
comes in to investigate the noise. Adams, confused and believing he’s been bewitched, apologizes
profusely. Lady Booby laughs and leaves. Adams leaves as Slipslop begins to reach for him, and
enters what he thinks is his room (but is really Fanny’s), climbs into bed and goes to sleep, unaware
he’s lying next to the sleeping Fanny. At dawn, Joseph discovers the two in the same bed; after some
confusion (Adams still believes he’s been bewitched), they laugh at the mistake.
Ch. 15 — Joseph and Fanny decide mutually that, since they can’t marry, they will love one another
together Platonically, living chastely as brother and sister, and never marry anyone. Gaffer and
Gammer (Mr. and Mrs.) Andrews arrive. When told of the Pedlar’s story, Mr. Andrews denies that
they ever had a daughter stolen. Mrs. Andrews, however, confesses that, while Mr. Andrews was
away in the army for three years, the child she was pregnant with when he left was born: a girl who
was indeed stolen by two Gypsy women, and a sickly boy baby left in her place. She decided to take
care of the boy as if he were her own, and never told her husband that he wasn’t actually his
child. She happily embraces Fanny as her long-lost daughter. The Pedlar asks whether the boy-child
had a strawberry mark on his breast, and Joseph shows that he has. Adams thinks the strawberry
mark sounds familiar, but is called outside by a servant. The Pedlar tells Joseph that he knows his
father is a gentleman, but can’t remember his name. Coincidentally, Mr. Wilson (the kind man who
had told them his life story) happens by. Hearing that a stolen child with a strawberry mark has just
been discovered, Mr. Wilson frantically asks to see Joseph and immediately recognizes him as his
long-lost son. Everyone is overjoyed except Lady Booby.
Ch. 16 — Mr. Booby and Pamela are polite to their new relations, but leave quickly because Lady
Booby is so distraught, inviting the Andrews, Adams, and Mr. Wilson to follow them to their
home. Joseph asks his (real) father’s permission to marry Fanny; he agrees, but asks Joseph to wait
until he has been reunited with his mother. Mr. Booby kindly sends his coach to pick her up, and she
happily agrees to Joseph and Fanny’s marriage. Their marriage is described sentimentally — compare
the description to that of Adam and Eve’s wedding-night in Paradise Lost. Fielding, speaking in the
present tense, then informs us that Joseph and Fanny have bought an estate next to the Wilsons, with
the generous dowry Mr. Booby gave her. Parson Adams has also been given a living with a much
larger salary by Mr. Booby, who has also employed the kindly Pedlar as a manager on his estate. Lady
Booby has returned to London and lives a fashionable life. Joseph and Fanny, like the Wilsons, have
chosen a quiet country life and intend to live happily ever after, with no more adventures..
By frk niazi