Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding
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... final book of Henry Fielding's literary masterpiece, Joseph Andrews, draws the various scattered thematic strands of the novel together and resolves the numerous plot conflicts. Most significantly, Book IV, Chapter XVI rewards those who have proven to possess genuine virtue, as opposed to the false variety. Thus, the final chapter witnesses the reunion between children and parents, the exposition of those who claim to possess virtue, while they do not, and the revelation of the true possessors of virtue and their subsequent reward. This final chapter and most evidently in the material recognition of parson Adam's worth as a truly virtuous character, resolves the novel's central thematic conflict...