The Life of Laurence Sterne, Volume 1

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J.F. Taylor, 1904 - 5 pages

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Page 294 - One half of the town abuse my book as bitterly, as the other half cry it up to the skies — the best is, they abuse and buy it, and at such a rate, that we are going on with a second edition, as fast as possible.
Page 251 - Bookseller's purpose, as Yorick's name is possibly of the two the more known ; — and the second will ease the minds of those who see a jest, and the danger which lurks under it, where no jest was meant.
Page 27 - Sutton — and at York I became acquainted with your mother, and courted her for two years — she owned she liked me, but thought herself not rich enough, or me too poor, to be joined together...
Page 1 - We all decamped, but got no further than Drogheda ; — thence ordered to Mullingar, forty miles west, where, by Providence, we stumbled upon a kind relation, a collateral descendant from Archbishop Sterne, who took us all to his castle, and kindly entertained us for a year, and sent us to the regiment at Carrickfergus, loaded with kindnesses, &c.
Page 184 - I had other views, — the first of which was, the hopes of doing the world good, by ridiculing what I thought deserving of it — or of disservice to sound learning, &c.
Page 4 - ... remained there. I, one unlucky day, mounted it, and wrote with a brush, in large capital letters, LAU. STERNE, for which the usher severely whipped me. My master was very much hurt at this, and said, before me, that never should that name be effaced, for I was a boy of genius, and he was sure I should come to preferment. This expression made me forget the stripes I had received.
Page 316 - ... at home, I know it, the concern of my friends, and the last services of wiping my brows, and smoothing my pillow, which the quivering hand of pale affection shall pay me, will so crucify my soul, that I shall die of a distemper which my physician is not aware of: but in an inn, the few cold offices I wanted, would be purchased with a few guineas, and paid me with an undisturbed, but punctual attention but mark.
Page 218 - The better sort of newspapers as well as the more dignified reviews contemptuously left it the patronage of Lloyd's Evening Post, the London Chroni.cle, and journals of that class; which simply informed their readers that a new novel, called the Vicar of...
Page 27 - I never can be yours, for I verily believe I have not long to live; but I have left you every shilling of my fortune:" a generosity which overpowered Sterne.

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