Henry Fielding: The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling (abridged)

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Henry Fielding: The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling (abridged)

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22nd Oct 2004




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Henry Fielding: The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling (abridged)

Read by Maurice West - 'Voice of the Year'

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The ‘Voice of the Year’ competition introduced and sponsored by Naxos AudioBooks and The Times books pages, edited by Erica Wagner, took place in Spring 2004. Readers without any formal drama training or professional acting experience were invited to send in recordings of a short extract of either Dickens, Austen or from The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and an own choice. The judging panel – Martin Jarvis, Juliet Stevenson, and Anton Lesser, with John Tydeman, David Timson, and Christina Hardyment (audiobook reviewer for The Times), under the chairmanship of Naxos AudioBooks’ managing director Nicolas Soames – chose the winner and finalists from nearly one thousand entries. First prize was to read a classic for Naxos AudioBooks. The winner was Maurice West, a fifty-five-year-old English teacher from Croydon. His chosen piece was from Tom Jones and he was invited to read an extended abridgement – 6-CD set – of the same novel. ‘We were very impressed by the natural storytelling talent shown by Mr West, with a strong narrative character, a sense of period style as well as a firm grasp of the many characters who appear,’ said Nicolas Soames. After graduating from Cambridge, Mr West applied to LAMDA on the main acting course and was accepted. Unfortunately, he didn’t have sufficient funds to take up the offer and had to confine his thespian interests to amateur dramatics. Now, later in life, he has a chance to open a new thread of activity. This 6 CD recording of Tom Jones is an important addition to the eighteenth-century audio library on Naxos AudioBooks.

Henry Fielding: The History of Tom Jones - A Foundling

In that part of the western division of this kingdom

Mr Allworthy had been absent a full quarter of a year in London

It was now the middle of May

Not otherwise than when a kite, tremendous bird

When Jenny appeared before him, Mr Allworthy took her into his study

Neither Mr Allworthy's house, nor his heart

It hath been observed, by wise men or women

Eight months after the celebration of the nuptials

There have been, in all ages and nations

Mrs Wilkins brought back such a confirmation

An affection placed on the understanding is, by many wise persons

We are obliged to bring our hero on the stage

Poor Jones spent a very melancholy night

The name of this gentleman

The reader may remember that Mr Allworthy gave Tom Jones

Jones was lately grown very intimate with Mr Western

The amiable Sophia was now in her eighteenth year

Now, though this young gentleman, Jones

Her mother first perceived the alteration in the shape of Molly

Just as Tom arrived at Mr Allworthy's outward gate

The reader will be pleased, I believe, to return with me to Sophia

Jones was ordered into a bed

If Jones could hope to find no bar to his happiness from the daughter

Molly remained a few moments in silence

The infidelity of Molly, which Jones had now discovered

Mr Western was become so fond of Jones

Neither Thwackum nor Square were much satisfied with their legacies

Jones retired from the company, into the fields

When he perceived the enemy's approach, leaped forth our hero

The rest of Mr Western's company were now come up

To Mr Western's house

Mr Allworthy had been engaged to dine with Mr Western

Sophia was in her chamber, reading

Mr Blifil soon arrived

Soon after Jones had left Mr Western, his sister came to him

Mr Allworthy was now retired from breakfast with his nephew

Jones was commanded to leave the house immediately

Sophia had passed the last twenty-four hours

Mrs Western had been engaged abroad all that day

The morning in which Mr Jones departed

Mrs Western proposed not only an immediate conclusion

Mrs Honour no sooner heard a piece of news

We left Mr Jones on his road to Bristol

As for the landlord, he was prevented by his fears

The other officers who marched with him were a French lieutenant

Jones endeavoured to close his eyes, but all in vain

The clock had now struck five when Jones awaked from a nap

In the morning Jones grew a little uneasy

Mr Jones and Partridge, or Little Benjamin

Jones presently ran to lift up the old gentleman

The day began to break, when Jones walked forth

Jones helped Northerton upon his legs

Mr Jones and his fair companion no sooner entered the town

A serjeant and a file of musqueteers

We think it no disparagement to our hero

The fair one, enraged at her frequent disappointments

While our lovers were entertaining themselves

Now the little trembling hare

The landlady, remembering that Susan had been the only person

The lady had no sooner laid herself on the pillow

Sophia (for it was she herself) lay reclining her lovely head on her hand

It was now past five in the morning

Jones having, at length, shaken Mr Western off

Before we proceed any further in our history

Sophia, having directed her guide to travel through bye-roads

Sophia now, at the desire of her cousin

At length we are once more come to our hero

Partridge began to prophesy

They were got about two miles beyond Barnet

From that figure which the Irish peer, who bought Sophia to town

To dissuade Sophia from the match was an endeavour of the same kind

Our company brought together in the morning

Mr Nightingale, having taken a turn or two with his companion

Jones grew still more and more impatient to see Sophia

Mr Jones was rather earlier than the time appointed

This point being cleared up

Jones had not been long gone

Jones was no sooner alone than he eagerly broke open his letter

The clock had now struck seven

As to Squire Western

We shalll now proceed to show by what method the squire discovered

Jones was certainly at this instant in one of the most disagreeable

Mr Nightingale came into Jones' room

After some hesitation, Jones, upon the strength of this assurance

We must now convey the reader to Mr Western's lodgings

By the means of Black George

The extraordinary tenderness which I have for my heroine

Love had taken too deep a root in the mind of Lord Fellamar

Mr Jones, at the appointed hour, attended on Mrs Fitzpatrick

The reader hath been already often informed of the jealous temper

Mr Allworthy and Mrs Miller were just sat down to breakfast

Mrs Miller had not long left the room when Mr Western entered

Sophia's ill stars were not contented with all that she had suffered

Whether it was that Fortune was apprehensive lest Jones should sink

Mr Jones passed about twenty-four melancholy hours by himself

While Mr Jones was employed in these unpleasant meditations

Mr Allworthy, in talking with Mrs Miller and Mr Nightingale

Allworthy recollected Partridge the moment he came into the room

"Mr Allworthy," says she

Allworthy was interrupted by the arrival of Mr Dowling

At length Mr Allworthy arrived at Mr Western's

"If this be your resolution," replied Allworthy

When Allworthy returned to his lodgings

Allworthy then acquainted Jones with the whole matter

Jones, being now completely dressed

At this instant Western, who had stood some time listening

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