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In Book I, how does Joseph react toLady Booby's sexual advances?
He asks Mr. Adams for help.
He sleeps with her.
By Henry Fielding
Summary and AnalysisBook I: Chapter 13
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
, 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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