And this consideration, perhaps it was, which prevented Captain Blifil from being more explicit with Mrs Wilkins, or from encouraging the abuse which she had bestowed on Allworthy.
I have thought it somewhat strange, upon reflection, that the housekeeper never acquainted Mrs Blifil with this news, as women are more inclined to communicate all pieces of intelligence to their own sex, than to ours.
Although he is perceived to be the illegitimate son of Allworthy (as Squire Western asks, "Doth not all the country know whose son Tom is?" ), whereas Blifil
is the legitimate son of Mrs.
(5.) Classically, evil characters are those like Blifil
in Tom Jones, who speak strong moral absolutes but treat others badly, using those absolutes against them.
CUTLINE: (1) Blifil
, played by Alex Schaefer, left, is slapped by Tom Jones, played by Connor Sampson, in a scene in "The History of Tom Jones: A Foundling." The one-act play was presented by the Theater Company at Wachusett Feb.
Allworthy remains blind to Doctor Blifil
's grimacing attempts to conceal his laughter in response to Allworthy's heartfelt "sermon" about love and marriage (62).
The profound contrast between Grandcourt and Deronda is solidly in the historical tradition of the English novel (e.g., Fielding's Tom Jones and his foil Blifil
) but not often studied in depth for reasons that I think are fairly clear.
Fitzpatrick Michelle Ragusa Molly, Susan Sheri Sanders Blifil
, Captain Blifil
Jeremy Webb Mr.
(The reference is no doubt to Captain Blifil
in Fielding's Tom Jones and in particular, it seems, to Book II, Chapter 2.) Much later in this work Bowle refers to "that railing, that vulgar, abusive language, those genuine effusions of Wapping oratory, and Billinsgate rhetorick, with which he [Crookshanks] has larded his letters to me; the last of which, I hope, came back safe to his hands, unanswered" (42-43).
Tom Jones and Pride and Prejudice (along with the other five Austen's novels) present characters whose eloquence eventually promotes community harmony: Tom, Sophia, and Squire Allworthy after the discovery of Square, Thwackum's, and Blifil
's treachery towards Tom; and Elizabeth, the Gardiners, and the improved Mr.