The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom, by Tobias Smollett
- Some sage observations that naturally introduce our important history.
- A superficial view of our hero’s infancy.
- He is initiated in a military life, and has the good fortune to acquire a generous
- His mother’s prowess and death; together with some instances of his own sagacity.
- A brief detail of his education.
- He meditates schemes of importance.
- Engages in partnership with a female associate, in order to put his talents in action.
- Their first attempt; with a digression which some readers may think impertinent.
- The confederates change their battery, and achieve a remarkable adventure.
- They proceed to levy contributions with great success, until our hero sets out with the
young count for Vienna, where he enters into league with another adventurer.
- Fathom makes various efforts in the world of gallantry.
- He effects a lodgment in the house of a rich jeweller.
- He is exposed to a most perilous incident in the course of his intrigue with the
- He is reduced to a dreadful dilemma, in consequence of an assignation with the wife.
- But at length succeeds in his attempt upon both.
- His success begets a blind security, by which he is once again well-nigh entrapped in his
- The step-Dame’s suspicions being awakened, she lays a snare for our adventurer, from which
he is delivered by the interposition of his good genius.
- Our hero departs from Vienna, and quits the domain of Venus for the rough field of
- He puts himself under the guidance of his associate, and stumbles upon the French camp,
where he finishes his military career.
- He prepares a stratagem but finds himself countermined — proceeds on his journey, and is
overtaken by a terrible tempest.
- He falls upon Scylla, seeking to avoid Charybdis.
- He arrives at Paris, and is pleased with his reception.
- Acquits himself with address in a nocturnal riot.
- He overlooks the advances of his friends, and smarts severely for his neglect.
- He bears his fate like a philosopher; and contracts acquaintance with a very remarkable
- The history of the noble Castilian.
- A flagrant instance of Fathom’s virtue, in the manner of his retreat to England.
- Some account of his fellow-travellers.
- Another providential deliverance from the effects of the smuggler’s ingenious
- The singular manner of Fathom’s attack and triumph over the virtue of the fair Elenor.
- He by accident encounters his old friend, with whom he holds a conference, and renews a
- He appears in the great world with universal applause and admiration.
- He attracts the envy and ill offices of the minor knights of his own order, over whom he
obtains a complete victory.
- He performs another exploit, that conveys a true idea of his gratitude and honour.
- He repairs to bristol spring, where he reigns paramount during the whole season.
- He is smitten with the charms of a female adventurer, whose allurements subject him to a
new vicissitude of fortune.
- Fresh cause for exerting his equanimity and fortitude.
- The biter is bit.
- Our adventurer is made acquainted with a new scene of life.
- He contemplates majesty and its satellites in eclipse.
- One quarrel is compromised, and another decided by unusual arms.
- An unexpected rencontre, and a happy revolution in the affairs of our adventurer.
- Fathom justifies the proverb, “What’s bred in the bone will never come out of the
- Anecdotes of poverty, and experiments for the benefit of those whom it may concern.
- Renaldo’s distress deepens, and Fathom’s plot thickens.
- Our adventurer becomes absolute in his power over the passions of his friend, and effects
one half of his aim.
- The art of borrowing further explained, and an account of a strange phenomenon.
- Count Fathom unmasks his battery; is repulsed; and varies his operations without
- Monimia’s honour is protected by the interposition of heaven.
- Fathom shifts the scene, and appears in a new character.
- Triumphs over a medical rival.
- Repairs to the metropolis, and enrols himself among the sons of paean.
- Acquires employment in consequence of a lucky miscarriage.
- His eclipse, and gradual declination.
- After divers unsuccessful efforts, he has recourse to the matrimonial noose.
- In which his fortune is effectually strangled.
- Fathom being safely housed, the reader is entertained with a retrospect.
- Renaldo abridges the proceedings at law, and approves himself the son of his father.
- He is the messenger of happiness to his sister, who removes the film which had long
obstructed his penetration, with regard to Count Fathom.
- He recompenses the attachment of his friend; and receives a letter that reduces him to the
verge of death and distraction.
- Renaldo meets with a living monument of justice, and encounters a personage of some note
in these memoirs.
- His return to England, and midnight pilgrimage to Monimia’s tomb.
- He renews the rites of sorrow, and is entranced.
- The mystery unfolded — another recognition, which, it is to be hoped, the reader could not
- A retrospective link, necessary for the concatenation of these memoirs.
- The history draws near a period.
- The longest and the last.