Before John Paton was even 12 years old he was very busy learning his father’s trade (making stockings) from to .
Nevertheless, because he wanted to be a missionary, he studied Greek during his 30min breakfast break, his 1hr lunch break, and his 30min supper break.
When still under twelve years of age, I started to learn my father's trade, in which I made surprising progress. We wrought from six in the morning till ten at night, with an hour at dinner-time and half an hour at breakfast and again at supper. These spare moments every day I devoutly spent on my books, chiefly in the rudiments of Latin and Greek; for I had given my soul to God, and was resolved to aim at being a Missionary of the Cross, or a Minister of the Gospel.
From The Story of John G. Paton Told for Young Folks or, Thirty Years among