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year in which Dendermond was taken Though I am persuaded, said my uncle by the allies, which was about seven years Toby, as the landlord shut the door, he is before my father came into the country, a very compassionate fellow-Trim,-yet and about as many after the time that my I cannot help entertaining an high opinion uncle Toby and Trim had privately de- of his guest too; there must be something camped from my father's house in town, more than common in him, that in so short in order to lay some of the finest sieges to a time should win so much upon the affecsome of the finest fortified cities in Europe tions of his host ;-—-And of his whole -When my uncle Toby was one evening family, added the corporal, for they are getting his supper, with Trim sitting bee all concerned for him.--Step after him, hind him at a small sideboard ;-the land- said my uncle Toby,--do Trim,--and lord of a little inu in the village came into ask if he knows his name. the parlour with an empty phjal in his hand I have quite forgot it, truly, said to beg a glass or two of sack; 'tis for a the landlord, coming back into the parpoor gentleman, I think, of the army, lour with the corporal. --but I can ask his said the landlord, who has been taken ill son again iilas he a son with him at my house four days ago, and has never then said iny uncle Toby.- A boy, held up his head since, or had a desire to replied the landlord, of about eleven or taste any thing 'tili just now, that he has twelve years of age ;—but the poor creaa fancy for a glass of sack, and a thin toast. ture has tasted almost as little as his fa

- I think, says be, taking his hand from ther; he does nothing but mouru and la. his forehead, it would comfort me. menu for him night and day: he has not

If I could nenher beg, borrow, nor stirred from the bed-side these two days. buy such a thing,--added the landlord,- My uncle Toby laid down his knife and I would almost steal it for the poor gonile. fork, and thrust his plate from before man, he is su ill. I hope in God he him, as the landlord gave him the acwill still mend, continued he-we are all count; and Trim, without being ordered, of us concerned for him.

took away without saying one word, and 'Thou art a good-natured soul, I will in a few minutes after brought him his answer for thee, cried my uncle Toby; pipe and tobacco. and thou shalt drink the poor gentleman's - Stay in the room, a little, says my health m a glass of sach thyseli, and take uncie Toby. à couple of bottles, with my service, and Trim !-said my uncle Toby, after he


had lighted his pipe, and smoked about a fill another pipe, said my uncle Toby, and dozen whiffs-Trim came in front of his not interrupt ihce till thou hast done : 50 master, and made his bow : my uncle sit down at thy ease, Trim, in the window Toby smoked on, and said no more. seat, and begin thy story again. The Corporal! said my uncle Toby,—the cor- corporal made his old bow, which geneporal made his bow. My uncle Toby rally spoke, as plain as a bow could speak proceeded no farther, but finished his pipe. it--" Your honour is good :"-And hav.

Trim! said my uncle Toby, I have a ing done that, he sat down, as he was orproject in my head, as it is a bad night, of dered,--and began the story to my uncle wrapping myself up warm in my roque- Toby over again in pretty near the same laure, and paying a visit to this poor gentle words. man.—Your honour's roquelaure, replied I despaired at first, said the corporal, the corporal, has not once been had on, since of being able to bring back any intellithe night before your honour received gence to your bonour, about the lieutenant your wound, when we mounted guard in and his son; for when I asked where his the trenches before the gate of St. Nicho- servant was, from whom I made myself las ;-and besides, it is so cold and rainy a sure of knowing every thing which was night, that what with the roquelaure, and proper to be asked— That's a right dis. what with the weather, 'twill be enough tinction, Trim, said my uncle Toby- I was to give your honour your death, and bring answered, an' please your honour, that he on your honour's torment in your groin. had no servant with him ;—that he had I fear so, replied my uncle Toby; but I come to the inn with hired horses, which, am not at rest in my mind, Trim, since upon finding himself unable to proceed

, the account the landlord has given me.-- (to join, I suppose, the regiment) he had I wish I had not known so much of this dismissed the morning after he came. If affair-added my uncle Toby,--or that I

uncle Toby,--or that I I get better, my dear, said he, as be gare had known more of it :- How shall we his purse to his son to pay the man, - We manage iti-Leave it, an't please your can hire horses from hence,-But alas ! honour, to me, quoth the corporal ;-I'll the poor gentleman will never go from take my hat and stick, and go to the hence, said the landlady to me, -for! house and reconnoitre, and act accord- heard the death-watch all night long:ingly; and I will bring your honour a and when he dies, the youth, his son, will full account in an hour. Thou shalt go, certainly die with him for he is brokenTrim, said my uncle Toby, and here's a hearted already. shilling for thee to drink with his servant I was hearing this account, continued -I shall get it all out of him, said the the corporal, when the youth came into corporal, shutting the door.

the kitchen, to order the thin toast the landMy uncle Toby filled his second pipe; lord spoke of;—but I will do it for my faand had it not been, that he now and then ther myself, said the youth Pray let me wandered from the point, with consider- save you the trouble, young gentleman, said ing whether it was not full as well to have I, taking up a fork for the purpose, and the curtain of the tennaile a straight line, offering him my chair to sit down upon by as a crooked one,-he might be said to the fire, whilst I did it I believe, sir

, have thought of nothing else but poor said he, very modestly, I can please bim Le Fevre and his boy the whole time he best myself. I am sure, said 1, his honour smoked it.

will not like the toast the worse for being It was not till my uncle Toby had toasted by an old soldier.—The youth knocked the ashes out of his third pipe, took hold of my hand, and instantly burst that corporal Trim returned from the inn, into tears. Poor youth! said my unele and gave him the following account. Toby,-he has been bred up from an inI despaired at first, said the corporal, of fant in the army, and the name of a soldier

, being able to bring back your honour any Trim, sounded in his ears like the name kind of intelligence concerning the poor of a friend ;-I wish I had him bere. sick lieutenant-Is he in the army then? --I never, in the longest march, said said my uncle Toby He is, said the cor- the corporal, had so great a mind to me poral — And in what regiment? said my dinner, as I had to cry with him for com: uncle Toby—I'll tell your honour, replied pany What could be the matter wat the corporal, everything straight for me, an' please your honour? Nothing in wards, as I learnt is Then, Trim, I'll the world, Trim, said my uncle Toby


blowing his nose,-but that thou art a said I--for I was piqued, quoth the good-natured fellow.

corporal, for the reputation of the army, When I gave him the toast, continued -I believe, an't please your reverence, the corporal, I thought it was proper to said I, that when a soldier gets time to tell him I was Captain Shandy's servant, pray,-he prays as heartily as a parson and that your honour (though a stranger) ---though not with all his fuss and hypowas extremely concerned for his father; crisy.-- -Thou shouldst not have said --and that if there was any thing in your that, Trim, said my uncle Toby,- for God house or cellar—and thou might'st have only knows who is a hypocrite, and who is added my purse too, said my uncle Toby) not; -At the great and general review of he was heartily welcome to it:-he made us all, corporal, at the day of judgment, a very low bow, (which was meant to (and not till then, it will be seen who your honour) but no answer,--for bis has done their duties in this world, and heart was full-so he went up stairs with who has not, and we shall be advanced, the toast ;-) warrant you, my dear, said Trim, accordingly. I hope we shall, said I, as I opened the kitchen-door, your fa- Trim. It is in the Scripture, said my ther will be well again.-Mr. Yorick's uncle Toby; and I will shew it thee tocurate was smoking a pipe by the kit- morrow;--In the mean time we may de chen fire—but said not a word good or pend upon it, Trim, for our comfort, said bad to comfort the youth---I thought my uncle Toby, that God Almighty is so it was wrong, added the corporal - good and just a governor of the world, think so too, said my uncle Toby.

that if we have but done our duties in When the lieutenant had taken his glass it,-it will never be enquired into, of sack and toast, he felt himself a little whether we have done them in a red revived, and sent down into the kitchen, coat or a black one :--I hope not, said to let me know, that in about ten minutes the corporal.-But go on, Trim, said my he should be glad if I would step up stairs. uncle Toby, with thy story. -I believe, said the landlord, he is going When I went up, continued the corporal, to say his prayers for there was a book into the lieutenant's room, which I did not laid upon the chair by his bed-side; and do till the expiration of the ten minutes, as I shut the door I saw his son take up a . he was lying in his bed with his head raised cushion.

upon his hand, with his elbow upon the I thought, said the curate, that you gen- pillow, and a clean white cambric handtlemen of the army, Mr. Trim, never said kerchief beside it :--The youth was just your prayers at all.--I hcard the poor stooping down to take up the cushion, upon gentleman say his prayers last night, said which I supposed he had been kneelingthe landlady, very devoutly, and with my the book was laid upon the bed, ---and as own ears, or I could not have believed it. he rose, in taking up the cushion with one -Are you sure of it? replied the curate; hand he reached out his other to take it

A soldier, an' please your reverence, away at the same time.--Let it remain

, prays as often (of his own accord) there, my dear, said the lieutenant. as a parson ;-and when he is fighting for He did not offer to speak to me, till I his king, and for his own life, and for his had walked up close to his bed-side: If honour

too, he has the most reason to pray you are Captain Shandy's servant, said he, to God of any one in the whole world. you must present my thanks to your mas'Twas well said of thee, Trim, said my ter, with my little boy's thanks along with uncle Toby.—But when a soldier, said I, them, for his courtesy to me,--if he was an' please your reverence, has been stand- of Leven's—said the lieutenant-I told ing for twelve hours together in the him your honour was.-Then, said he, I trenches, up to his knees in cold water, served three campaigns with him in Flan

or engaged, said I, for months toge- ders, and remember him—but 'tis most ther in long and dangerous marches ;- likely, as I had not the honour of any acharassed, perhaps, in his rear to day ;--- quaintance with him, that he knows noharassing others to-morrow -detached thing of me. You will tell him, however, here ;-countermanded there ;-resting that the person his good-nature has laid this night upon his arms ;-beat up in under obligations to him, is one Le Fevre, a his shirt the next;--benumbed in his lieutenant in Angus's----but he knows joints

ts ;-perhaps without straw in his menot,--said he, a second time, musing; tent to kneel on ;-he must say his pray possible he may my story--added he-pray ers low and when he can.--I believe, tell the captain, I was the ensign at Breda,


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whose wife was most unfortunately killed thought good : and only considered how with a musket-shot, as she lay in my arms he himself should relieve the poor lieure. in my tent. I remember the story, an't nant and his son. please your honour, said I, very well.

That kind being, who is a friend Do you so? said he, wiping his eyes with to the friendless, shall recompense thee his handkerchief-then well may J.-In for this. saying this, he drew a little ring out of his Thou hast left this matter sbort, said bosom, which seemed tied with a black my uncle Toby to the corporal, as he was ribband, about his neck, and kissed it twice. putting him to bed, and I will tell -Here, Billy, said he,—the boy flew thee in what, Trim,- In the first place

, across the room to the bed-side, and falling when thou madest an offer of my services down upon his knee, took the ring in his to Le Fevre,—as sickness and travelling hand, and kissed it too,—then kissed his fa- are both expensive, and thou knowest ther, and sat down upon the bed and wept. he was but a poor lieutenant, with 2

I wish, said my uncle Toby, with a deep son to subsist as well as himself, out of sigh, I wish, Trim, I was asleep. his pay,--that thou didst not make an

Your honour, replied the corporal, is offer to him of my purse; because, had too much concerned ;-shall I pour your he stood in need, thou knowest, Trim, be honour out a glass of sack to your pipe : had been as welcome to it as myself. Do, Trim, said my uncle Toby.

Your honour knows, said the corI remember, said my uncle Toby, sigh- poral, I had no orders;True, quota ing again, the story of the ensign and his my uncle Toby,—thou didst very wife, with a circumstance his modesty right, Trim, as a soldier,—but certainly omitted ;—and particularly well that he, very wrong as a man. as well as she, upon some account or other. in the second place, for which, indeed, (I forget what) was universally pitied by thou hast the same excuse, continued my che whole regiment ;-but finish the story uncle Toby, when thou offeredst him thou art upon;—'Tis finished already, said whatever was in my house,-thou should the corporal,- for I could stay no longer, have offered him my house too: A sich -50 wished his honour a good night; brother officer should have the best quaryoung Le Fevre rose from off the bed and ters, Trim; and if we had him with us,saw me to the bottom of the stairs; and we could tend and look to him, -hou as we went down together, told me, they art an excellent nurse thyself, Trim, had come from Ireland, and were on and what with thy care of him, and the their route to join their regiment in old woman's and his boy's and mine toge Flanders-But, alas! said the corporal, ther, we might recruit him again at OBCE, the lieutenant's last day's march is and set him upon his legs. over. - - Then what is to become of his

Inafortnight or three weeks, added poor boy? cried my uncle Toby. my uncle Toby, smiling,—he might

It was to my uncle Toby's eternal ho- march, He will never march, an' please nour,-though I tell it only for the sake of your honour in this world, said the corthose, who, when cooped in betwixt a na- poral;He will march, said my uncle tural and a positive law, know not for their Toby, rising up from the side of the bed

, souls which way in the world to turn them with one shoe of:-An' please your boselves that notwithstanding my uncle nour, said the corporal, he will never Toby was warmly attached at that time in march but to his grave:He shall march

, carrying on the siege of Dendermond, pa- cried my uncle Tuby, marching the foot rallel with the allies, who pressed theirs on which had a shoe on, though without ad. so vigorously, that they scarce allowed him vancing an inch, -he shall march to his time to get his dinner-that neverthe- regiment. He cannot stand it, said the less he gave up Dendermond, though he corporal.—He shall be supported, said my had already made a lodgment upon the uncle Toby. He'll drop at last, said the counterscarp: and bent his whole thoughts corporal, and what will become of his boy! towards the private distresses at the inn; He shall not drop, said my uncle Toby

, and, except that he ordered the garden. firmly. - A-well-o'day,-- do what we can gate to be bolted up, by which he inight for him, said Trim, maintaining his point

, be said to have turned the siege or Den the poor soul will die: shall as dermond into a blockadche left Den- die, by G-, cried my uncle Toby: dermond to itselt to be relieved or not The accusing spirit, which few up by the French king, as the French king to heaven's chancery with the oath, blusbed

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