The life and opinions of Tristram Shandy, gentleman, Volume 1

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J. F. Taylor & company, 1904
 

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Page 81 - It is not impossible, but that my dear, dear Jenny ! tender as the appellation is, may be my child. Consider, — I was born in the year eighteen. — Nor is there anything unnatural or extravagant in the supposition, that my dear Jenny may be my friend. — Friend! — My friend. — Surely, Madam, a friendship between the two sexes may subsist, and be supported without— — Fy! Mr Shandy:— Without any thing, Madam, but that tender and delicious sentiment, which ever mixes in friendship, where...
Page 5 - I WISH either my father or my mother, or indeed both of them, as they were in duty both equally bound to it, had minded what they were about when they begot me...
Page 22 - ... so long as a man rides his HobbyHorse peaceably and quietly along the King's highway, and neither compels you or me to get up behind him, — pray, Sir, what have either you or I to do with it?
Page 45 - In the naked temper 44 which a merry heart discovered, he would say, there was no danger, — but to itself: — whereas the very essence of gravity was design, and consequently deceit; — 'twas a taught trick to gain credit of the world for more sense and knowledge than a man was worth...
Page 202 - And hardly do we guess aright at things that are upon earth, And with labour do we find the things that are before us...
Page 117 - For which reason, from the beginning of this, you see, I have constructed the main work and the adventitious parts of it with such intersections, and have so complicated and involved the digressive and progressive movements, one wheel within another, that the whole machine, in general, has been kept a-going; — and, what's more, it shall be kept a-going these forty years, if it pleases the fountain of health to bless me so long with life and good spirits.
Page 169 - ROMANCE, which, before, was a book apocryphal : If I am thus pressed — I then put an end to the whole objection and controversy about it all at once, by acquainting him, that Obadiah had not got above threescore yards from the stable-yard before he met with Dr. Slop...
Page 116 - Digressions, incontestably, are the sunshine ; they are the life, the soul of reading ! take them out of this book, for instance, — you might as well take the book along with them; — one cold eternal winter would reign in every page of it : restore them to the writer; — he steps forth like a bridegroom ; — bids Allhail ; brings in variety, and forbids the appetite to fail.
Page 17 - Therefore, my dear friend and companion, if you should think me somewhat sparing of my narrative on my first setting out— bear with me, and let me go on, and tell my story my own way...
Page 18 - ... bear with me, — and let me go on, and tell my story my own way: or if I should seem now and then to trifle upon the road, or should sometimes put on a fool's cap with a bell to it, for a moment or two as we pass along, — don't fly off, — but rather courteously give me credit for a little more wisdom than appears upon my outside; — and as we jog on, either laugh with me, or at me; or in short, do any thing, — only keep your temper.

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