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Chapter the last

Old Nightingale reconciles with his son, and Uncle Nightingale reconciles with his daughter. Blifil gets £200 a year and "has turned Methodist, in hopes of marrying a very rich widow." Squire dies and Thwackum gets the vicarage. Mrs. Fitzpatrick lives off the remains of her money and continues to be the mistress of the peer. Mrs. Western reconciles with Sophia. Jack Nightingale lives near his father with his wife and her family. Mrs. Waters marries Parson Supple; Black George runs away and Tom supports his family. With the help of Tom, Partridge sets up a school and is now engaged to Molly Seagrim. Mr. Western has given most of his estate to Tom; he and Sophia have two children—a boy and a girl. Tom will be Mr. Allworthy's heir, and constant contact with him and his wife, Sophia, keeps Tom on the straight and narrow.

Analysis

As in any good comedy the principal players live happily ever after, and even the scoundrels do not suffer too much. Blifil is still trying to satisfy his greed and perhaps might marry a rich widow, and Thwackum is not punished by Mr. Allworthy for his part in persecuting Tom. Sophia reconciles with her unworthy aunt, and Squire Western passes his wealth to the next generation. Most important, the hero and heroine unite in holy matrimony and begin a family, and Mr. Allworthy and Sophia remain Tom Jones's guiding angels.

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