in Three Clerks

Chapter 33 – The Parliamentary Committee


As Undy Scott and Alaric Tudor draw up plans for the bridge with an engineer, the topic of patronage arises. In ancient Rome, the patronage system involved two parties: the client who was devoted to his patron, who in turn provided his client with access to various goods and services. In this case, it is revealed that “the Crown,” meaning the English government, is the patron and the engineer is the client. Alaric and Undy, as both supporters of the bridge and potential beneficiaries of its construction, can be seen as both patrons and clients. [GZ & RR 2016]