Book 12 Chapter 13 of Tom Jones.

This is part of an ongoing project in which I will record and post one chapter per week of Henry Fielding's Tom Jones over the course of four years.

In this chapter, Jones and Partridge continue their journey to London. Jones is starving himself, as he doesn't want to spend any of Sophia's bank note, while Partridge encourages him to do so. Of course, Jones won't hear of spending other people's money, and quotes Latin to justify his beliefs. Partridge takes him up on a pedantic matter of Latin grammar, while completely ignoring Jones' overall point. This chapter also is one of the earliest recorded uses of the phrase "to teach one's grandmother to suck eggs."

AuthorMark Turetsky