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Amelia (Vol. 1)

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

1. Introduction and Dedication
2. Book I, Chapter I: Containing the exordium, &c.
3. Book I, Chapter II: The history sets out.
4. Book I, Chapter III: Containing the inside of a prison.
5. Book I, Chapter IV: Disclosing further secrets of the prison-house.
6. Book I, Chapter V: Containing certain adventures which befel Mr. Booth in the prison.
7. Book I, Chapter VI: Containing the extraordinary behaviour of Miss Matthews on her meeting with Booth, and some endeavours to prove, by reason and authority, that it is possible for a woman to appear to be what she really is not.
8. Book I, Chapter VII: In which Miss Matthews begins her history.
9. Book I, Chapter VIII: The history of Miss Matthews continued.
10. Book I, Chapter IX: In which Miss Matthews concludes her relation.
11. Book I, Chapter X: Table-talk, consisting of a facetious discourse that passed in the prison.
12. Book II, Chapter I: In which Captain Booth begins to relate his history.
13. Book II, Chapter II: Mr. Booth continues his story.
14. Book II, Chapter III: The narrative continued. More of the touchstone.
15. Book II, Chapter IV: The story of Mr. Booth continued.
16. Book II, Chapter V: Containing strange revolutions of fortune.
17. Book II, Chapter VI: Containing many surprising adventures.
18. Book II, Chapter VII: The story of Booth continued. - More surprising adventures.
19. Book II, Chapter VIII: In which our readers will probably be divided in their opinion of Mr. Booth's conduct.
20. Book II, Chapter IX: Containing a scene of a different kind from any of the preceding.
21. Book III, Chapter I: In which Mr. Booth resumes his story.
22. Book III, Chapter II: Containing a scene of the tender kind.
23. Book III, Chapter III: In which Mr. Booth sets forward on his journey.
24. Book III, Chapter IV: A sea piece.
25. Book III, Chapter V: The arrical of Booth at Gibraltar, with what there befel him.
26. Book III, Chapter VI: Containing matters which will please some readers.
27. Book III, Chapter VII: The captain, continuing his story, recounts some particulars which, we doubt not, to many good people, will appear unnatural.
28. Book III, Chapter VIII: The story of Booth continued.
29. Book III, Chapter IX: Containing very extraordinary matters.
30. Book III, Chapter X: Containing a letter of a very curious kind.
31. Book III, Chapter XI: In which Mr. Booth relates his return to England.
32. Book III, Chapter XII: In which Mr. Booth concludes his story.
33. Book IV, Chapter I: Containing very mysterious matter.
34. Book IV, Chapter II: The latter part of which we expect will please our reader better than the former.
35. Book IV, Chapter III: Containing wise observations of the author, and other matters.
36. Book IV, Chapter IV: In which Amelia appears in no unamiable light.
37. Book IV, Chapter V: Containing an eulogium upon innocence, and other grave matters.
38. Book IV, Chapter VI: In which may appear that violenec is sometimes done to the name of love.
39. Book IV, Chapter VII: Containing a very extraordinary and pleasant incident.
40. Book IV, Chapter VIII: Containing various matters.
41. Book IV, Chapter IX: In which Amelia, with her friend goes to the oratorio.

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Summary

This is the first volume of a three volume novel. In this novel, Amelia marries William Booth against her mother's desires, and the two must move to London. Fielding explores the issues of married life such as infidelity and whether women's intelligence is equal to men's.