Henry Fielding: The History of Tom Jones, a foundling

8. Chapter viii. What passed between Jones and old Mr Nightingale... (continued)

There is scarce anything which so happily introduces men to our good liking, as having conceived some alarm at their first appearance; when once those apprehensions begin to vanish we soon forget the fears which they occasioned, and look on ourselves as indebted for our present ease to those very persons who at first raised our fears.

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