In 1608 an Englishman whose name was Thomas Coryate visited Italy. He liked the country and noted down every interesting thing he found. But there was one thing which he found more interesting than the others. In his diary Thomas wrote, ‘When the Italians eat meat, they use small forks. They don’t eat with hands because, as they say, do not always have clean hands’. Before leaving for England, Thomas Coryate bought a few forks. At home Thomas gave a party to show the invention to his friends. When the servant brought the steak, he took out a fork and began to eat like they did in Italy. But the first meat he took with the fork fell to the floor. Everybody looked at him in surprise. They said that the fork was very inconvenient. Thomas Coryate tried to prove the opposite. He said it wasn’t nice to eat with one’s fingers because they were not always clean.
Did Mr.Coryate think that people in England always had dirty hands? And weren’t ten fingers enough for them? He wanted to show that it was very easy to use the fork.
Only 50 years later people in England began to use forks.
The right answers are:
What did Thomas try to prove?