Friday, 14 August 2015

Tener

In Don Quixote, Part II, c. XX, Sancho Panza's grandmother is quoted to refer to el tener y le no tener.

The differeence between those who have and those who have not (tener is the Spanish verb for to have) is not in their rank or their social position, but in whether they have anything to eat.

Hermano, este día no es de aquellos sobre quien tiene jurisdicción la hambre.

Food is a social classification of its own.
The rich eat, and eat to excess, watched by a thousand hungry eyes as they consume their gargantuan meals.

Qouted and inspired by J. H. Elliot Imperial Spain 1469-1716 (Penguin, 1963) p. 311


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