Joseph Andrews

When Wilson was in st. James coffee-house ,what the officer did to him?

Book III ,chapter 3

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The officer questioned Joseph and made him look like a neer-do-well. Thus, the friends he thought he'd made wanted nothing to do with him. 

As I was one day at St James's coffee-house, making very free with the character of a young lady of quality, an officer of the guards, who was present, thought proper to give me the lye. I answered I might possibly be mistaken, but I intended to tell no more than the truth. To which he made no reply but by a scornful sneer. After this I observed a strange coldness in all my acquaintance; none of them spoke to me first, and very few returned me even the civility of a bow. The company I used to dine with left me out, and within a week I found myself in as much solitude at St James's as if I had been in a desart.


Joseph Andrews