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Questions tagged [henry-fielding]

Questions about the works of Henry Fielding (1707–1754), or his life as a writer. He is an English novelist, best known for "Shamela" (1741), "Joseph Andrews" (1742) and "Tom Jones" (1749).

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What is meant by the word "cumfarting" in the 1742 English novel "Joseph Andrews"?

Yes I know it sounds like a superslang portmanteau of modern obscenities (and indeed it is), which is why I was surprised to see it in a 1742 book, and why I'm asking. Toward the beginning of Book 4, ...