The Works of Laurence Sterne: The life of Laurence Sterne by Percy Fitzgerald

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Jenson Society, 1904

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Page 20 - My father was a little smart man, active to the last degree in all exercises, most patient of fatigue and disappointments, of which it pleased God to give him full measure. He was, in his temper, somewhat rapid and hasty, but of a kindly, sweet disposition, void of all design; and so innocent in his own intentions that he suspected no one; so that you might have cheated him ten times in a day, if nine had not been sufficient for your purpose.
Page 260 - 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 39 - 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 13 - Ireland; we all decamped, but got no further than Drogheda, thence ordered to Mullengar, 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 entreated us for a year — and sent us to the regiment at Carrickfergus, loaded with kindnesses, &c.
Page 230 - 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 16 - ... 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 196 - 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 39 - 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.
Page 34 - I have left you every shilling of my fortune ;" — upon that she shewed me her will — this generosity overpowered me. — It pleased God that she recovered, and I married her in the year 1741. My uncle and myself were then upon very good terms, for he soon got me the Prebendary of York — but he quarrelled with me afterwards, because I would not write paragraphs in the newspapers — though he was a party-man, I was not, and detested such dirty work : thinking it beneath me — from that period,...
Page 13 - It was in this parish, during our stay, that I had that wonderful escape in falling through a mill-race whilst the mill was going, and of being taken up unhurt: the story is incredible, but known for truth in all that part of Ireland, where hundreds of the common people flocked to see me.

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