Containing Several Dialogues Between Jones and Partridge, Concerning Love, Cold, Hunger, and Other Matters; With the Lucky and Narrow Escape of Partridge, As He Was on the Very Brink of Making a Fatal Discovery to his Friend
The sun starts to set as Tom and Partridge are still walking.
Tom talks poetically about the moon and the beauty of the evening.
Partridge complains that he is freezing.
Tom tries to talk about Sophia, but Partridge keeps going back to dreams of roast beef.
Partridge tells Tom he could see Sophia again if they just turned back on their road.
Tom insists that he can't. He is going to seek "a glorious death in the service of my King and Country" (8.9.3).
Partridge believes this whole war thing is going to blow over soon anyway.
(See our "Detailed Summary" of Book 7, Chapter 11 for an explanation of which war he's talking about.)
It turns out that Partridge is secretly on the side of the rebels.
He assumes that Tom is, too, and that Tom wants to join them in Scotland.
Luckily for Partridge, Tom starts sounding off on his deep loyalty to King George II before Partridge gets going on his own political beliefs.
So Partridge decides to shut up about the rebellion.
It's much more important to him to be friendly with Tom than to support the rebels' cause.
He still thinks Tom is going to be Squire Allworthy's heir.
So he doesn't want to separate himself from a potential cash cow.