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against the Turks, kindling a fpark of fire in his botom,
My uncle Toby took down the fword from the crook, where it had hung untouched ever fince the Lieutenant's death, and delivered it to the Corporal to brighten up;-and having detained Le Fiure a single fortnight to equip him, and contract for his passage to Leghorn, he put the sword into his hand:
-If thou art brave, Le Fiore, faid my uncle Toby, this will not fail thee; but Fortune, said he, muling a little Fortune may -And if she does, added my uncle Toby, embracing him, come back again to me, Le Fivre, and we will shape thee another course.
The greatest injury could not have oppressed the h,eart of Le Fevre, more than my uncle Toby's paternal kindness ;-he parted from my uncle Toby, as the best of sons from the best of fathers--both dropped tearsand as my uncle Toby gave him his last kiss, he flipped fixty guineas, tied up in an old purse of his father's, in which was his mother's ring, into his hand, and bid God bless him
Le Fevre got up to the Imperial army just time
enough to try what metal his sword was made of at the defeat of the Turks before Belgrade ; but a see ries of unmerited mischances had pursued him from tilat moment, and trod clofe upon his heels for four years together after : he had withstood thefe buffetings to the last, 'till sickness overtook him at Marseilles ; from whence he wrote my uncle Toby word, he had loft his time, his services, his health, and, in short, every thing but his sword ;-and was waiting for the first fhip to return back to him.
Le F.vie was hourly expected, and was uppermost in my uncle Toly's mind all the time my father was giving him and Yorick a description of what kind of a person he would choose for a preceptor to me: but as my uncle Toby thought my father at first somewhat fanciful in the accomplishments he required, he forbore mentioning Le Feure's name, -till the character by Yorick's interpofition, ending unexpectedly in one, who should be gentle-tempered, and generous, and good, it impressed the image of L. Fevre and his interest upon my uncle Toby, so forcibly, he rose inftantly off his chair ; and laying down his pipe, in order to take hold of both my father's hands—I begy brother Shandy, said my uncle Toby, I may recommend poor Le Fevre's son to you I beseech you do, added Yorick--He has a good heart, faid my uncle Toby-And a brave one too, an't please your honour, said the Corporal—The best hearts, Trim, are ever the bravest, replied my uncle Toby.
1. SHANDY, VOL. 111. CHAP. 49.
AIL, ye small sweet courtefies of life, for smooth
do ye make the road of it: like grace and beauty which beget inclinations to love at first light: 'tis ye who open
this door, and let the stranger in. -Pray, Madam, said I, have the goodness to tell me which
I must turn to go to the Opera Comique. -Moft willingly, Monsieur, said the, laying aside her work
I had given a cast with my eye into half a dozen Mops, as I came along, in search of a face not likely to be disordered by such an interruption; 'till at last, this hitting my fancy, I had walked in.
She was working a pair of ruffles as fhe fat in a low chair on the far side of the shop, facing the door
-Très-volontiers, most willingly, said she, laying her work down upon a chair next her, and rifing up from the low chair she was fitting in, with fo cheerful a movement, and so cheerful a look, that had I been laying out fifty louis d'ors with her, I should have said
“ This woman is grateful.”
You must turn, Monsieur, said the, going with me to the door of the shop, and pointing the way down the street I was to take--you must turn first to your left hand mais prenez garde-there are two turns;
and be so good as to take the second-then go down a little way and you'll see a church, and when you are past it, give yourself the trouble to turn directly to the right, and that will lead you to the foot of the Pont neuf, which you must cross--and there any body will do himself the pleafure to fhew you
She repeaied her instructions three times over tos me, with the same good-natured patience the third time as the first ;-and if tones and manners have a meaning, which certainly they have, unless to hearts which shut them out--the seemed really interested, that I should not lose myself.
I will not suppose it was the woman's beauty, notwithstandiog she was the handsomeft Griffet, I think, , I ever faw, which had much to do with the sense I had: of her courtesy ; only I remember, when I'tokt her how much I was obliged to her; that I looked very full in her eyes, and that I repeated my thanks, as often as she had done her instructions.
I had not got ten paces from the door, before I found I had forgot every tittle of what fhe had said ;
- so looking back, and seeing her still standing at the door of the slop, as if to look whether I'went right or not, I returned back, to ask her whether the first; turn was to my right or left-for that I liad absolutely förgat.-- Is it possible ?. faid fle, half laughing. --Tis very possible, replied I, when a man is thinking more of a woman than of her good advice..
As this was the real truth-she took it, as every woman takes a matter of right, with a flight courtseyo
Atendez, said the, laying her hand upon my arm to detaia me, while she called a lad out of the back shop to get ready a parcel of gloves I am just going to send him, said the, with a packet into that quarter; and if you will have the complaisance to step in, it will be ready in a moment, and he Mall attend you to the place. -So I walked in with her to the far side of the shop, and taking up the ruffle in my hand which she laid upon the chair, as if I had a mind to fit, she sat down herself in her low chair, and I instantly fat myself down befide her.
He will be ready, Monsieur, said she, in a moment -And in that moment, replied I, most willingly would I say something very civil to you for all these courtesies. Any one may do a casual act of good-nature, but a continuation of them shews it is a part of the temperature ; and certainly, added I, if it is the fame blood which comes from the heart, which descends to the extremes (touching her wrist), I
must have one of the best pulses of any woman in the world-Feel it, said she, holding out her arm.
So laying down my hat, I took hold of her fingers in one hand, and applied the two fore-fingers of the other to the artery.
- Would to Heaven, my dear Eugenius, thou hadft passed by, and beheld me sitting in my black coat, and in my laek-a-day-fical manner, counting the throbs of it, one by one, with as much true devotion as if I had been watching the critical ebb or flow of her fever-How wouldst thou have laughed and