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Amelia author Henry Fielding free read » 6 Ú More delicately faithful and true are Colonel James and his wife They are both very good sort of people in a way who live in a lax and frivolous age who have plenty of money no particular principle no strong affection for each other and little individual character They might have been Mrs JamesTh a relentlessness which Swift could hardly have exceeded and a good nature which Swift rarely or never attained has held them up to us as dissected preparations of half innocent meanness scoundrelism and vanity such as are hardly anywhere else to be found I have used the word 'preparations' and it in part indicates Fielding's virtue a virtue shown I think in this book as much as anywhere But it does not fully indicate it; for the preparation wet. 35 stars An easy to read entertaining overly long novel about the strength of love Mr Booth an officer and gentleman who is poor marries the lovely and rich Amelia However her mother is displeased with Amelia marrying a financially poor man and stops supporting Amelia Mr Booth finds himself in debtors prison where he meets the beautiful Miss Matthews Mr Booth continues to incur gambling debts and his wife Amelia continues to love Mr Booth Whilst Mr Booth can be a bit too much of a ladies man he also continues to love his wife I prefer Fielding’s book ‘The History of Tom Jones’ due to the interesting plot

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More delicately faithful and true are Colonel James and his wife They are both very good sort of people in a way who live in a lax and frivolous age who have plenty of money no particular principle no strong affection for each other and little individual character They might have been Mrs James to some extent is uite estimable and harmless; but even as it is they are not to be wholly ill spoken of Being what they are Fielding has taken them and wi. In Fielding’s earlier novels Joseph Andrews and Tom Jones the story ends happily with our hero and heroine getting married but the reader may well wonder what happened to them after their marriage For all Fielding’s benevolence the world in which he places his characters is an unsafe one There are always plenty of people ready to cheat rob or slander his heroes There are women of easy virtue seeking to seduce our hero and male satyrs ready to rob the heroine of her chastity by seduction or by force The law is ready to be exploited against our heroes and to deprive them of their liberty However somehow the institution of marriage apparently offers them a barrier that magically protects them from the vice of others and the book ends accordinglyThe world of Amelia is a very different one although in a way it is actually the world of Joseph Andrews and Tom Jones viewed from a different perspective This is a far less safe world reflected in the fact that our hero and heroine are already married at the beginning of the book and will continue to face threats to their happiness and security throughout The last Book of Jonathan Wild takes place in a prison a fitting moral setting for the end of a novel about a rascally anti hero In Amelia it is the first three Books of the novel that take place in a prison and this time the hero is there through no fault of his own Indeed we are taken on a tour of the prison and we soon see that people who are locked up are those who do not have the money to buy their way out regardless of innocenceSuddenly the world looks like a far less just place and indeed the prison acts as a metaphor for the society in which Captain Booth and his wife Amelia move around in Most of the time Captain Booth is literally confined within a small area of London that he is unable to leave without being arrested for his debts Indeed he is arrested a couple of times thanks to duplicitous behaviour on the part of othersThe prison lies in people’s minds too trapped by their own vices or by wrong headed philosophies and values For the virtuous the prison is here one of desperate poverty and debt and being at the mercy of those who would take advantage of them Notably when Captain Booth is finally freed from prison in Book Four it is not due to his own virtues or a sudden act of justice but actually due to his vices He has an extramarital affair with Miss Matthews a former acuaintance of his who is in prison after attempting to murder her lover Miss Matthews is able to find acuittal thanks to another possible lover and she agrees to buy the Captain out of prison too The appearance of Amelia puts an end to her hopes of a prolonged affair with the Captain though he will be given much cause to rue his indiscretion throughout the rest of the bookWhile in prison Captain Booth relates the history of his relationship with Amelia After overcoming opposition from her mother they marry However they are disinherited and Booth depends on the charity of the benevolent Dr Harrison to find him a suitable position Unfortunately Harrison is called abroad and Booth soon fritters away his good position and his money leaving the family in debtWhat is notable about Booth’s story is that it is related by an unreliable source Booth is naïve and good hearted and we will soon discover that many of the people whom he praises in his tale are actually not good people at all For once Fielding mostly discards the habit of giving his characters comic names that reflect their virtues and vices Here the characters have neutral common names and the reader is obliged to take time to work out the true worth of th

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Amelia author Henry FieldiOr dry is a dead thing and a museum is but a mortuary Fielding's men and women once let it be said are all alive The palace of his work is the hall not of Eblis but of a uite beneficent enchanter who puts burning hearts into his subjects not to torture them but only that they may light up for us their whole organization and being They are not in the least the worse for it and we are infinitely the better From editor George Saintsbury's Introducti. Free download available at Project GutenbergOpening linesThe various accidents which befel a very worthy couple after their uniting in the state of matrimony will be the subject of the following history The distresses which they waded through were some of them so exuisite and the incidents which produced these so extraordinary that they seemed to reuire not only the utmost malice but the utmost invention which superstition hath ever attributed to Fortune though whether any such being interfered in the case or indeed whether there be any such being in the universe is a matter which I by no means presume to determine in the affirmative To speak a bold truth I am after much mature deliberation inclined to suspect that the public voice hath in all ages done much injustice to Fortune and hath convicted her of many facts in which she had not the least concern I uestion much whether we may not by natural means account for the success of knaves the calamities of fools with all the miseries in which men of sense sometimes involve themselves by uitting the directions of Prudence and following the blind guidance of a predominant passion; in short for all the ordinary phenomena which are imputed to Fortune; whom perhaps men accuse with no less absurdity in life than a bad player complains of ill luck at the game of chess3 Tom Jones2 AmeliaTR Joseph Andrews