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In Henry Fieldings Joseph Andrews vanity plays a large role in the interactions between characters Throughout their trip Joseph Andrews Franny and Abraham Adams confront many vain people Many claim to hold a characteristic that they do not hold and they often hold the opposite of their desired characteristic On page 103 Fielding directly addresses Vanity saying O Vanity How little is thy Force acknowledged or they Operations discerned How wantonly dost though deceive mankind under different disguises103 Henry Fielding later says on the page that I have introduced theee for no other purpose than to lengthen out a short chapter and so I return to my History103 The various characters in the book that court vanity show that he did not put in this excerpt to lengthen out a chapter but to bring attention to a driving force of the novel The most common examples of Vanity in Joseph Andrews are people who claim to have one sort of characteristic but are quite different from that Fielding says Sometimes thou dost wear the Face of Pity sometimes Generosity 103 A character who fits this description is the Squire of chapter 16 who later was converced about in chapter 17 When seeing the distress of Adams Joseph and Franny this gentleman promised them horses to ride in the morning saying the horses shall attend you here at what Hour in the Morning you please 191 Later in this chapter however the gentlemans horses are not delivered because he was unfortunately prevented from lending them any horses for that his Groom had unknownto him put his whole Stable under a Course of Physick192 The travellers believe the lies of the Gentleman until he is exposed by the host of the tavern Well Masters The Squire hath not sent his Horses for you yet Laud help me How easily some Folks make promises 193-4 The host exposes the gentleman for what he is a vain man wearing
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