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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, with considering whether it was not full as well to have the curtain of the tennaile a straight line, as a crooked one, - he might be said to have thought of nothing else but poor Le Fever 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'DESPAM ED 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? said my uncle Toby He is; said the corporal ---And in what regiment? said my uncle Toby -- I'll tell your honour, replied the corporal, every thing straight forwards, as I learnt it. -Then Trim, I'll fill another pipe, faid my uncle Toby, and not interrupt thee till thou haft done; fo fit down at thy ease, Trim, in the window seat, and begin thy 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 lieutenant and his son ; for when I asked where his servant was, from whom I'made myself sure of knowing every thing which was proper to be aked, -That's a right distinction, Trim, said my uncle Toby- I was answered, an' please your honour, that he had no servant with him; that he had come to the inn with hired horses, which, upon finding himself unable to proceed, (to join, I suppose, the regi
· ment) he had dismisfed the morning after he came.--IFI
get better, my dear, said he, as he gave his purse to his son to pay the man, — we can hire horses from hence. -But alas ! the poor gentleman will never get from hence, said the landlady to me, - for I heard the death-watch all night long; and when he dies, the youth, his son, will certainly die with him; for he is broken-hearted already. C.I was hearing this account, continued the corporal, when the youth came into the kitchen, to order the thin toast the landlord spoke of; but I will do it for my father myself, said the youth. -- Pray let me fave you the trouble, young gentleman, faid. I, taking up a fork for the purpose, and offering him my chair to sit down upon by the fire, whilft I did it.. I believe, Sir, said he, very modestly, I can please him beft myself. -- I am sure, faid I, his honour will not like the toast the worse for being toasted by, an old foldier. --The youth took hold of my hand, and instantly burft into ţears. Poor youth! said my 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, - but that thou art a good-natured fellow. . . !!!... ,
When I gave him the toast, continued the corporal, I thought it was proper to tell him I was captain Shandy's fer, vant, and that your honour (though a stranger) was ex, tremely concerned for his father ; --- And that if there was any thing in your house or cellar--(and thou might'st have
added my purfe too, faid my uncle Toby)--he was heartily welcome to it: He made a very low bow, (which was meant to your honour) but no anfwer, -- for his heart was full so he went up ftairs with the toaft;- I warrant you, my dear, faid I, as I opened the kitchen-door, your father will be well again. Mr. Yorickos curate was smoaking å 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, faid my uncle Toby. io. ? When the lieutenant had taken his glass of fack and toat, he felt himself a little revived, and fent down into the kitchen, to let me know, that in about ten minutes he should be glad if I would sep up stairs. I believe; faid the landlord, he is going to fa'y his prayers, for there was a book laid upon the chair by his bed fide, and as I fhat the door, I faw his fon take up a cufhion.
I THOUGHT, faid the carate, that you gentlemen of the army, Mr. Trim, never faid your prayers at all. I heard the poor gentleman fay his prayers laft night, said the landlady, very devoutly, and with my own ears, or I could not have believed it. Are you fare of its replied the curate. A soldier, an' pleate your reverence, said 1, prays as often (of his own accord) as a parson; and when he is ñighting for his king, and for his own life, and for his honour too, he has the most reafon 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, faid I, an' please your reverence, has been standing for twelve hours together in the trenches, up to his knecs in cold water, ar engaged, faid I, for months together in long and dangerous marches;- harraffed, perhaps in his rear to-day;-harrafing others to-morrow; detached here ;-counterinanded these;
resting this night out upon his arms ;--beat up in his shirt the next; benumbed in his joints ;--perhaps without straw in his tent to kneel on must say his prayers how and where he can.--I believe, faid 1,--for I tās piqu’d, quoth the torporal, for the reputation of the army;-I believe, an't please your reverence, faid I, that when a 'soldier gets time to pray, — he prays as heartily as a parfon--though not with all his fufs and hypocrisy. - Thou should'ft not have fait that, Trim; faid my uncle Toby,--for God loniy knows who is a hypocrite, and who is not : At the great and general review of us all, corporal, at the day of jadgment, (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 Thall, faid-Trim It is in the Scripture, said my uncle Toby; and I will shew it thee to-thorrow: - In the mean time we may depend upon it, Trim, for our comfort, said my uncle Toby, that God Almighty is so good and juft 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 dr a' black one: - I. hope not ; faid the corporal But go on, Trim, said my uncle Toby, with thy story. :
. · When I went up, continued the corporal, into che lieu. tenant'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 befide it :--The youth was just stooping down to take up the cushion, upon which 1 suppo fed 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-lide :-If you are Captain Shandy's servant, said he, you must present my thanks to your inafter, with my little boy's thanks along with them, for his courtesy 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 him but '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 Fever, a lieutenant in Angus's but he knows me not, - said he, a second time, musing; posiibly he may my story-added her pray tell the captain, I was the ensign at Breda, whose wife was most 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 saying this, he drew a little ring out of his bosom, vhich seemed tied with a black ribband about his neck, and kified it twice-Here, Billy, said he, - the boy flew across the room to the bed-lide, and falling down upon his knee, took the ring in his hand, and kissed it too, then kissed his father, and fat down upon the bed and wept.
I wish, said my uncle Toby with a deep figh, -1 wish, Trim, I was asleep.
Your honour, replied the corporal, is too much concerned ;-- all I pour your honour out a glass of fack to your pipe ? -- Do, Trim, said my uncle Toby.
I REMEMBER, said my uncle Toby, fighing again, the Itory of the ensign and his wife, with a circumstance his