The life, loves and adventures of the charming rascal Tom Jones, a foundling child born of a serving wench but allowed to grow up in the privileged surroundings of Squire Allworthy's ...
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Abandoned at birth, Tom Jones is adopted by kindly Squire Allworthy. He grows up and falls in love with Sophia Western, daughter of neighbor Squire Western. Unfortunately, she is already betrothed to...
With all the characters having entered into a finely balanced web of misunderstandings, schemings and rompings, Tom is now faced with a sinful lowness of fortune. This final episode resolves all in a...
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The life, loves and adventures of the charming rascal Tom Jones, a foundling child born of a serving wench but allowed to grow up in the privileged surroundings of Squire Allworthy's household. This position allows him to grow up with, make the acquaintance of and eventually fall in love with the beautiful daughter of his wealthy neighbour, Sophia Western. However, the path to true love rarely runs smooth and family pressure, the difference in their parentage and 18th century social custom prevent the young lovers from being together. Eventually both are forced out of their gentile, protected surroundings and into the great wide world to see what adventures real life might bring.Written by
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Other posters have stated that the Finney version of this story is the best.
I wholeheartedly disagree. This story, as with most of Henry Fielding's stories, is intended as a parody of English 'morality' in his day. The Finney version is a lot of fun, but it's just a film about silly people wandering the countryside. In the A&E version, Brian Blessed performed his character (Mr. Western) in exactly the over-the-top correct way to ridicule the English wealthy. Mr. Allworthy was absolutely perfect as someone who believes that since he is a good honest man, the rest of the world must be good and honest as well. Tom's aunt has the line that in my opinion sums up the meaning of this book/movie (paraphrased), "It is not enough that your actions are good, you must make sure that they appear to be so."
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