Chapter I

The narrator creates his own Muse of the "Love of Fame." He has been tempted by Fortune and Money to write this novel, which he hopes will achieve fame for posterity. He implores the assistance of genius, humanity, learning, and experience.

Chapter II

Jones and Partridge have never been to London before. They search for the house of the Irishman who brought Sophia to London. He has returned to Ireland. The following day Tom searches for Sophia, but he is turned away from the Irishman's door by the porter. Tom bribes the porter to lead him to Mrs. Fitzpatrick's doorstep. He arrives ten minutes after Sophia has left. Tom strikes the waiting woman with his civility and comeliness. She agrees to approach Mrs. Fitzpatrick with Tom's request to see Sophia. Mrs. Fitzpatrick, who suspects that Tom is one of Squire Western's party, sends a reply that Sophia has left. Jones believes that Sophia is there but is still offended over the Upton affair. That night, after Tom has kept vigil near the door all day, Mrs. Fitzpatrick deigns to meet with him. She thinks that he is Blifil. Her maid Abigail believes that the visitor is Jones, since Mrs. Honour has been "more communicative" than Sophia. Mrs. Fitzpatrick agrees with Abigail.

Chapter III

Mrs. Fitzpatrick plots to return Sophia to her father, in order to reinstate herself in the favor of Mrs. Western and Squire Western. Mrs. Fitzpatrick is also distantly related to Lady Bellaston, whom she for help in dissuading Sophia from pursuing Tom. Lady Bellaston receives her with a smile and asks if Tom is as handsome as she has been told by her dressing lady, Etoff. Mrs. Fitzpatrick says that he is, so that Lady Bellaston begins to think of him as "a kind of Miracle in Nature." She desires to see Tom.

Chapter IV

Tom, having watched Mrs. Fitzpatrick's door all day, meets her an hour early. Lady Bellaston swoops in, curtseying to Tom. The women show Tom some attention until Mrs. Fitzpatrick's Irish friend arrives. The conversation now becomes too dainty for the narrator to describe to vulgar ears. Jones retires after entrusting Mrs. Fitzpatrick with his address. Lady Bellaston declares that Sophia can be in "no danger" from such a fellow.

Chapter V

Tom knocks at Mrs. Fitzpatrick's door five times the following day, but every time the maid says that she is not at home. Tom and Partridge lodge themselves at a house in Bondstreet. A young man is residing on the first floor. He is one of those privileged "Men of Wit and Pleasure" who spend their days and nights in coffee-shops. That night, Jones hears an uproar downstairs. He runs downstairs and saves a young man, who is being beaten by his footman. A young woman stands nearby, wringing her hands. This woman is in fact Nancy, the boarding-house landlady's daughter, and the young man is Nightingale, who lives on the first floor. Nightingale asks Tom to drink with him, and Nancy joins the men. Nightingale explains that his footman referred to a young lady in a manner that enraged him.

Nancy's mother and sister return from a play. Although Tom is feeling despondent, he puts forward a gracious and entertaining front. Nightingale, Nancy, and Nancy's mother are delighted with Tom and invite him to breakfast. He is similarly pleased with them—Nancy is a pretty girl, as is her mother, who is almost fifty. Jones admires Nightingale for his "Generosity and Humanity" in spite of his foppishness. The man professes complete disinterestedness in affairs of love.