Laurence Sterne. (17131768). A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy.
The Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction. 1917.
16. The Remise. Door. Calais
CEST bien comique, t is very droll, said the lady smiling, from the reflection that this was the second time we had been left together by a parcel of nonsensical contingenciesc est bien comique, said she.
It is supposed so at leastand how it has come to pass, continued I, I know not: but they have certainly got the credit of understanding more of love, and making it better than any other nation upon earth; but for my own part, I think them errant bunglers, and in truth the worst set of marksmen that ever tried Cupids patience.
I should as soon think of making a genteel suit of clothes out of remnants:and to do itpopat first sight by declarationis submitting the offer and themselves with it, to be sifted with all their pours and contres, by an unheated mind.
And that all of us, both old and young, being ten times worse frightend than hurt by the very reportWhat a want of knowledge in this branch of commerce a man betrays, who ever lets the word come out of his lips, till an hour or two at least after the time that his silence upon it becomes tormenting. A course of small, quiet attentions, not so pointed as to alarmnor so vague as to be misunderstoodwith now and then a look of kindness, and little or nothing said upon itleaves Nature for your mistress, and she fashions it to her mind