Joseph Andrews and Shamela (Penguin Classics)
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‘Kissing, Joseph, is but a Prologue to a Play. Can I believe a young Fellow of your Age and Complexion will be content with Kissing?’
Joseph Andrews, Henry Fielding’s first full-length novel, depicts the many colourful and often hilarious adventures of a comically chaste servant. After being sacked for spurning the lascivious Lady Booby, Joseph takes to the road, accompanied by his beloved Fanny Goodwill, a much-put-upon foundling girl, and Parson Adams, a man often duped and humiliated, but still a model of Christian charity. In the boisterous short tale Shamela, a brilliant parody of Richardson’s Pamela, the spirited and sexually honest heroine uses coyness and mock modesty to catch herself a rich husband. Together these works anticipate Fielding’s great comic epic Tom Jones, with their amiable good humour and pointed social satire.
Judith Hawley’s introduction compares the works of Fielding and Richardson, and discusses sex and class relations, and the literary and political world of the time. This volume also includes a chronology and suggestions for further reading.
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he was sorry to see such Men in Orders, departed without further Ceremony. CHAPTER XV An Adventure, the Consequence of a new Instance which Parson Adams gave of his Forgetfulness. When he came back to the Inn, he found Joseph and Fanny sitting together. They were so far from thinking his Absence long, as he had feared they would, that they never once miss'd or thought of him. Indeed I have been often assured by both, that they spent these Hours in a most delightful Conversation: but as I never
Gloves, and the Fiddler was preparing his Fiddle. The Company all offered the Dancing-Master Wagers that the Parson outdanced him, which he refused, saying, ‘He believed so too; for he had never seen any Man in his Life who looked de Dance so well as de Gentleman:’ He then stepped forwards to take Adams by the Hand, which the latter hastily withdrew, and at the same time clenching his Fist, advised him not to carry the Jest too far, for he would not endure being put upon. The Dancing-Master no
had the greatest Sum in the World; ay, if I had ten Pounds about me, I would bestow it all to rescue any Christian from Distress. I am more vexed at my Loss on your account than my own. Was ever any thing so unlucky? because I have no Money in my Pocket, I shall be suspected to be no Christian.’ ‘I am more unlucky,’ quoth the other, ‘if you are as generous as you say: For really a Crown would have made me happy, and conveyed me in plenty to the Place I am going, which is not above twenty Miles
of the Kings of England from the Time of the Romans Government unto the Raigne of our Soveraigne Lord King Charles (1643; updated by later hands), a favourite book of Fielding's. Joseph has in mind the ‘Casualties’ (natural disasters and other extraordinary events) listed at the end of the accounts of the reigns of Henry IV and Elizabeth I. In 1583 during an earthquake in Dorsetshire, ‘A field of three Acres… with the Trees and Fences, moved from its place, and passed over another Field… and
little Mistake,’ says Adams, ‘which if you please I will correct; I have attended at one of these Quarter Sessions,5 where I observed the Counsel taught the Justices, instead of learning any thing of them.’ It is not very material, said the Lady: hither repaired Horatio, who as he hoped by his Profession to advance his Fortune, which was not at present very large, for the sake of his dear Leonora, he resolved to spare no Pains, nor lose any Opportunity of improving or advancing himself in it.