Dixero si quid fortè jocosius, hoc mihi juris cum venia dabisHor."If I say anything too facetius, you will grant it to me indulgently”Or"If in my words I am too free, perchance too light, this bit of liberty you will indulgently grant me"Si quis calumnietur levius esse quam decet Theologum, aut mordacius quam deceat ChristianusErasumus."Should anyone judge my writings harshly as being in a lighter vein than suits a theologian or more biting than is appropriate to a Christian-not I, but Demmocritus said it"Si quis Clericus, aut Monachus, verba joculatoria, risum moventia serat anathema esto.Second Council of Carthage"If any priest or monk using jesting words, exciting laughter, let him be denounced". This quote was added by Sterne in the second edition and it is present in Penguin and Florida Edition. http://www.tristramshandyweb.it/sezio...
this is a ‘characteristic example of Sterne’s roguishness’, since his attack on plagiarists is plagiarized from Burton’s introduction: ‘As Apothecaries we make new mixtures everie day, poure out of one vessell into another’ and ‘but we weave the same web still, twist the same rope again and again’.
Are not trouse, and placket-holes, and pump-handles—and spigots and faucets, in danger still, from the same association?—Chastity, by nature the gentlest of all affections—give it but its head—’tis like a ramping and a roaring lion.
Corporal Trim and my father, two orators so contrasted by nature and education, haranguing over the same bier. My father a man of deep reading—prompt memory—with Cato, and Seneca, and Epictetus, at his fingers ends.— The corporal—with nothing—to remember—of no deeper reading than his muster-roll—or greater names at his finger’s end, than the contents of it.
. . .I pray the chapter upon chamber-maids and button-holes may be forgiven me,—and that they will accept of the last chapter in lieu of it; which is nothing, an’t please your reverences, but a chapter of chamber-maids, green-gowns, and old hats.1
1 green-gowns, and old hats: ‘To give a green-gown’ is to ‘tumble a woman on the grass’ (Partridge, Dictionary), as in Robert Herrick’s ‘Corrina’s going a Maying’: ‘Many a green-gown has been given; / Many a kisse, both odde and even.’ Partridge also has an entry for old hat: ‘The female pudend … Because frequently felt.’ Cf. VIII.x: ‘the affair of an old hat cock’d—and a cock’d old hat’.
When Mr Shandy hears of the death of his son Bobby, it is not long before the exhilaration of making a flowing speech on death has allowed him to forget the actual death. Sterne does not snicker at the ability of the human mind to behave in such a way – on the contrary, he finds it something to admire and to be grateful for.
Dr Johnson thought Sterne a sordid writer, but Sterne’s work bears out Johnson’s magnificent judgement that ‘The only end of writing is to enable the readers better to enjoy life, or better to endure it.’ Tristram Shandy enables us to do both.
” ... for matter and motion are infinite ... ”.
Cavendish's views on God and religion remained somewhat ambiguous. From her writings, it is clear that she was a Christian but she did not often address her religious orientation. In her Physical Opinions, however, she explicitly acknowledges her belief in the existence of God, writing "pray account me not an Atheist, but beleeve as I do in God Almighty." Still, she seeks to split philosophy from theology, and therefore avoids debating God's actions in many of her philosophical works. Uncertainty regarding her theological viewpoints is unusual for a woman writer of her time period, considering that much of early modern women's writing was oriented around religion. However, Cavendish acknowledged the existence of God but she "holds that natural reason cannot perceive or have an idea of an immaterial being". She argued that “when we name God, we name an Unexpressible, and Incomprehensible Being.”
we shall have all to go into mourning, said Susannah. I hope not, said Trim.—You hope not! cried Susannah earnestly.—The mourning ran not in Trim’s head, whatever it did in Susannah’s.—I hope—said Trim, explaining himself, I hope in God the news is not true.
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