Study Guide

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party Part 1, Chapter 7

By M.T. Anderson

Part 1, Chapter 7

  • This chapter is all about crap. No—really.
  • Octavian tells us that when he was young, he learned how to operate and read scales.
  • How?
  • By weighing his own poop.
  • Everything he ate and then pooped out, the scholars would weigh and take notes on.
  • In fact, Octavian's poop was so important it was even weighed on a golden scale—because gold is an inert metal that can't react chemically with whatever is put on it, including poop.
  • When Octavian noticed that no one else got his poop weighed, he felt incredibly special.
  • Wouldn't you?

This is a premium product

Tired of ads?

Join today and never see them again.

Please Wait...