6The first joke is the title: A “sham” is something FALSE. Fielding is saying that the virtuous Pamela is in fact a liar or a “sham.”In Shamela instead of trying to preserve her virtue, Shamela is trying to trick her master into marriage.Fielding calls Mr. B. Mr. Booby. Booby a name given to rich country people which meant “fool.”
7Like Pamela, Shamela is a collection of letters, mostly between Shamela and her mother. Fielding uses many examples from the original Pamela and changes them to make the novel seem ridiculous.
8Joseph Andrews Fielding wrote Joseph Andrews in 1742. It is a parody of Pamela, but it is also a complete novel in its own right.
10Joseph Andrews is supposed to be the brother of Richardson’s Pamela. He uses her as inspiration for his own VIRTUE.Like Pamela he is a servant, and he must resist the advances of his mistress.His mistress is supposed to be the aunt of Pamela’s husband Mr. B
11The plot of Joseph Andrews BOOK ONE:Joseph Andrews is a handsome, clever, virtuous servant.His mistress begins to fall in love with him and after her husband dies she tries to seduce him.He will not begin an affair with her and so she fires him.
12Meanwhile Fanny has set out to come to London to see Joseph. BOOK TWOJoseph sets out from the house.He is planning to travel from London to his home town where his fiancée Fanny lives.He is mugged and beaten and taken to an inn where he meets his friend Parson Adams.Meanwhile Fanny has set out to come to London to see Joseph.Parson Adams saves Fanny from being attacked and then her attackers accuse them of robbery. They are almost arrested but manage to escape.Joseph, Parson Adams and Fanny are reunited.
13BOOK THREEThey meet a man called Mr. Wilson who tells them the story of his life.He mentions that many years ago his three year old son was stolen from the garden.
14BOOK FOURThey arrive home, and Lady Booby has also arrived in the parish.Her nephew arrives having married Pamela.A peddler arrives in the village claiming that Fanny was a child stolen from Joseph and Pamela’s parents as a child.This would make Fanny and Joseph Brother and sister!!
15Joseph’s parents arrive and his mother reveals that Fanny was stolen, but Joseph was left behind in her place.Joseph is the long-lost son of Mr. Wilson!!!Joseph and Fanny are married.
16Fanny, Joseph and Parson Adams are all virtuous characters in a world of cheats and liars. Even though it is a parody, Fielding, like Richardson is instructing the reader on how to be a good person.
17Tom Jones Fielding wrote Tom Jones in 1749. It is similar to Joseph Andrews as Tom, like Joseph must go on a long journey encountering problems and confusion along the wayBut Tom is a more believable character than Joseph.
18The plot of Tom JonesTom Jones is found as a baby on the doorstep of the kind and wealthy Squire Allworthy.Squire Allworthy lives with his sister who marries a man named Captain Blifil.They have a son and young Blifil and Tom are raised together.
19Tom is wild and fun-loving and Blifil is pious and mean. Tom loves Sophia Western, who lives on the neighbouring property.Blifil also wants to marry Sophia because she is rich.Blifil tells Allworthy lies about Tom, and he is banished from the house.
20Sophia also runs away because she doesn’t want to marry Blifil. Tom begins searching for her, having a number of affairs with other women on the way.Ultimately Tom and Sophia are reunited.
21Squire Allworthy realises that he was lied to about Tom, and also finds out that Tom is his sister’s son, born out of wedlock and placed of the doorstep.Squire Allworthy and Tom are reunited as uncle and nephew.Tom and Sophia are married.
22The voice of the author: In both Joseph Andrews and Tom Jones, the author, is a character in his own right.At the beginning of many of the chapters he “speaks” to the reader.It is tempting to think that this is the voice of Henry Fielding, but it many ways he is a separate character.
23An author ought to consider himself, not as a gentleman who gives a private, but rather as one who keeps a public inn, at which all persons are welcome for their money. In the former case, it is well known that the entertainer provides what fare he pleases; and though this should be very indifferent, and utterly disagreeable to the taste of his company, they must not find any fault; Now the contrary of this happens to the master of an inn. Men who pay for what they eat will insist on gratifying their palates, and if everything is not agreeable to their taste, will challenge a right to censure, to abuse, and to d—n their dinner without control.