Chapter 48 Summary

The final chapter sums up the consequences of the characters’ actions throughout the story.

Sir Thomas laments that he has not properly raised his children, particularly Tom, Maria, and Julia. He allowed Mrs. Norris too much influence with his offspring. She spoiled them and made them think more of themselves than other people.

Since his suffering through a fever and illness, Tom has come to new understandings about life. Prior to his ill health, he lived frivolously. Since his physical struggles, his thinking has become clearer, and he is more helpful and useful to his father.

Sir Thomas hopes Julia still has a chance. This might be a result of Mrs. Norris’s favoritism toward Maria; Julia...

(The entire section is 512 words.)