Quick Index Board Index Home FAQ Site Map
|"Tom Jones" & "The Monk"
Written by Rachel G
(3/2/2009 6:48 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, JA's novel apologetic and the Thorpes, penned by TimLee
"Tom Jones" by Henry Fielding (first published 1748), is a frequently bawdy tale which involves children conceived out of wedlock, a variety of extra-marital shenanigans including inadvertent incest, and an attempted rape.
"The Monk" by Matthew Lewis (first published 1796), is a lurid tale featuring lust, demonic pacts, rape, incest and torture. It was attacked by critics as an obscene publication, and had to be toned down before the second edition was published.
"Tom Jones" was very widely read, and "The Monk" was one of the most popular novels of it's period!
The narrator does not comment on Thorpe's preferred reading, but leaves us to draw our own conclusions. At the very least it is clear that Thorpe is not a man of refined tastes, and I think we are also being alerted to a certain coarseness in his thinking. Perhaps such a man is not the ideal acquaintance for a nicely brought up, naive young girl of seventeen.
Groupread is maintained by Myretta with WebBBS 3.21.