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Joseph Andrews_ Summary and Analysis_ Chapter 13 - CliffsNotes

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Joseph Andrews
By Henry Fielding
Summary and AnalysisBook I: Chapter 13
Summary
The surgeon despairs of Joseph's recovery, so Mr. Tow-wouse sends for a clergyman, Mr. Barnabas, whofirst drinks a dish of tea with the landlady and then a bowl of punch with the landlord before going up tosee Joseph. Joseph is incoherent; he talks to himself about Fanny, but resigns himself without regret tothe divine will. Barnabas considers all this "a rhapsody of nonsense." Later, when he finally talks withJoseph, his "Christian" admonitions to forget all carnal affections (Fanny) and to forgive everyone (thethieves) sound rather hollow. Barnabas descends f or more punch while the good-natured Betty bringsJoseph some tea (which Mrs. Tow-wouse had refused to serve him).
Mr. Barnabas is one of the many hypocritical clergymen who are a disgrace to the cloth in a way thatAdams, disheveled on the outside but always decent on the inside, is not. The link between good natureand occupation is important; disposition demands practical exercise and encouragement. Hence Adams'office as a clergyman is important because "no other office could have given him so many opportunities of displaying his worthy inclinations" (Fielding's preface). Similarly, the hypocrites dissembling in the clothcan do great harm; there are no fewer than six such clergymen in
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, of whom Barnabasand Trulliber are the most glaring examples. Barnabas is more interested in punch than in his duties andhe knows only the formulae of his faith. His dealings with Joseph are not at all related to Joseph'sexperience, and this discrepancy between formulae and "good works" (action) is one to which Fieldingreturns throughout the novel. The good nature of Joseph is, however, like Fielding's, essentiallypragmatic; perhaps only Christ could forgive such enemies as Joseph encounters.Again it is Betty who reveals a truly charitable heart in bringing Joseph the tea which was too muchtrouble for Mrs. Tow-wouse to prepare.
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Author's PrefaceBook I: Chapter 1Book I: Chapters 2-3Book I: Chapter 4Book I: Chapters 5-10Book I: Chapters 11-12Book I: Chapter 13Book I: Chapters 14-15Book I: Chapter 16Book I: Chapters 17-18Book II: Chapter 1Book II: Chapters 2-3Book II: Chapter 4Book II: Chapter 5Book II: Chapter 6Book II: Chapters 7-9Book II: Chapters 10-11Book II: Chapters 12-13Book II: Chapters 14-15Book II: Chapters 16-17Book III: Chapter 1Book III: Chapter 2Book III: Chapter 3Book III: Chapter 4Book III: Chapter 5Book III: Chapters 6-9Book III: Chapter 10Book III: Chapter 11Book III: Chapters 12-13Book IV: Chapters 1-3Book IV: Chapters 4-6Book IV: Chapter 7Book IV: Chapter 8Book IV: Chapters 9-11Book IV: Chapters 12-14Book IV: Chapters 15-16
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