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My uncle Toby filled his second pipe ; and had it not been, that he now and then wandered from the point, without considering whether it was not full as well to have the curtain of the tennaile a straightline, as acrooked one, he might be said to have thought of nothing else but poor Le Fevre and his boy the whole time he smoaked it.
It was not till my uncle Toby had knocked the ashes out of his third pipe, that corporal Trim returned from the inn, and gave him the following account.
I DESPAIRED at first, said the corporal, of being able to bring back your honour any kind of intelligence concerning the poor
fick lieutenant- Is he in the army then ? faid my uncle TobyHe is; said the corporal — And in what regiment ? said my uncle Toby-l'll tell your honour, replied the corporal, every thing straight forward, as I learnt it.-Then, Trim, I'll fill another pipe, faid my uncle Toby, and not interrupt thee till thou hast done ; fo fit down at thy ease, Trim, in the window feat, and begin the story again. The corporal made his old bow, which generally spoke as plain as a bow could speak it Your honour is good ;' And having done that, he sat down, as he was ordered,- and begun the story to my uncle Toby over again in pretty near the same words.
I DESPAIRED at first, said the corporal, of being able to bring back any intelligence to your honour about the lieu. tenant and his fon ; for when I asked where his fervant was, from whom I made myself sure of knowing every thing which was proper to be asked,—That's a right distinction, Trim, said my uncle Toby-I was answered, an' please your honour, that he had no fervant with him ;-that he had come to the inn with hired horses, which, upon finding kimself unable to proceed (to join, I suppose, the regi
ment) he had dismissed the morning after he came.--If I
I was hearing this account, continued the corporal, when
uncle Toby,--he has been bred up from an infant in the army, and the name of a soldier, Trim, founded in his ears like the name of a friend ; I wish I had him here.
I never, in the longest march, said the corporal, had so great a mind to my dinner, as I had to cry with him for company :- What could be the matter with me, an please your honour ? Nothing in the world, Trim, said my uncle Toby, blowing his nose,-bat that thou art a goodnatured fellow.
When I gave him the toast, continued the corporal, I thought it was proper to tell him I was captain Shandy's fervant, and that your honour though a stranger) was extremely concerned for his father ;-And that if there was any thing in your house or cellar—(and thou might'st have 23
added my purse too, said my uncle Toby)—he was hcartily welcome to it: He made a very low bow, (which was meant to your honour) but no answer--for his heart was full so he went up stairs with the toast ;-I warrant you, my dear, said I, as I opened the kitchen-door, your father will be well again.-Mr. Yorick's curate was smoaking a pipe by the kitchen-fire,—but said not a word good or bad to comfort the youth.— I thought it was wrong, added the corporal - I think so too, said my uncle Toby.
When the lieutenant had taken his glass of fack and toast, he felt himself a little revived, and fent down into the kitchen, to let me know, that in about ten minutes lie should be glad if I would step up stairs.----I believe, faid the landlord, he is going to say his prayers,
for there was a book laid upon the chair by his bed-lide, and as I shut the door, I saw his son take up a cushion.
I THOUGHT, said the curate, that you gentlemen of the army, Mr. Trim, never said your prayers at all. -I heard the poor gentleman fay his prayers last night, said the landlady; very devoutly, and with my own ears, or I could not have believed it.—Are you sure of it ? replied the curate. -A foldier, an' please your reverence, faid I, prays as often (of his own accord) as a parson ; -and when he ij fighting for his king, and for his own life, and for his honour too, he has the most reason to pray to God of any one in the whole world. 'Twas well said of thee, Trim, said my uncle Toby.—But when a soldier, said I, an' please your reverence, has been standing for twelve hours together in the trenches, up to his knees in cold water ;-or engaged, said I, for months together in long and dangerous marches ;-harrassed, perhaps, in his rear to-day ;-harraffing others to-morrow ;-detached here ; countermanded there ;
-resting this night out upon his arms :--beat up his in shirt the next :--benumbed in his joints ;-perhaps without straw in histent to kneelon ;-he must say his prayers how and when he can.--I believe, said I,-for 1 was piqu’d, quoth the corporal, for the reputation of the army,--I believe, an't please your reverence, said I, that when a soldier gets time to pray,-he prays as heartily as a parfon-though not with all his fuss and hypocrisy.—Thou should'st not have said that, Trim, said my uncle Toby,--for God only knows · who is a hypocrite, and who is not :-At the great and general review of us all, corporal, at the day of judgment (and not till then)-it will be seen who has done their duties in this world, and who has not ; and we shall be advanced, Trim, accordingly.-I hope we shall, said Trim It is in the Scripture, laid my uncle Toby ; and I will show it thee to-morrow :
In the mean time we may depend upon it, Trim, for our comfort, said my uncle Toby, that God Almighty is so good and just a governor of the world, that if we have but done our duties in it, it will never be enquired into, whether we have done them in a red coat or a black one :- I hope not ; said the corporal - But go on, Trim, said my uncle Toby, with thy story,
When I went up, continued the corporal, into the lieutenant's room, which I did not do till the expiration of the ten minutes -he was lying in his bed with his head raised upon his hand, with his elbow upon the pillow, and a clean white cambric handkerchief beside it :-- The youth wa just stooping down to take up the cushion, upon which I suppose he had been kneeling—the book was laid upon the bed,
--and as he rose, in taking up the cushion with one hand, he reached out his other to take it away at the same time. -Let it remain there, my dear, said the lieutenant.
He did not offer to speak to me, till I had walked up close to his bed-fide : If you are Captain Shandy's servant, faid he, you must present my. thanks to your master, with my little boy's thanks along with them, for his curtesy to me ;-if he was of Leven's--said the lieutenant I told him
your honour was.--Then, said he, I served three campaigns with him in Flanders, and remember himbut 'tis most likely, as I had not the honour of any acquaintance with him, that he knows nothing of me. You will tell him, however, that the person his good-nature has laid under obligations to him, is one Le Fevre, a lieutenant in Angus's--but he knows me not-said he, a second time, musing ;-possibly he may my story-added he, pray tell the captain, I was the ensign at Breda, whose wife was moft unfortunately killed with a musket shot, as she lay in my arms in my tent.— I remember the story, an't please your honour, said I, very well.-Do you fo ? said he, wiping his eyes with his handkerchief, then well may I.-In faying this, he drew a little ring out ot his bosom, which seemed tied with a black ribband about his neck, and kissed it twice. -Here, billy, said he,-the boy flew across the room to the bed-fide,--and falling down upon his knee, took the ring in his hand, and kissed it too,—then kissed his father, and sat down
the bed and wept. said
my uncle Toby, with a deep figl.,- I wish Trim, I was asleep.
Your honour, replied the corporal, is too much concerned ;
shall I pour your honour out a glass of fack to your pipe ?-Do, Trim, faid my uncle Toby. I REMEMBER,
my uncle Toby, fighing again, the story of the enfign and his wife, with a circumstance his modesty omitted ;--and particularly well that he, as well as