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and about as many, after the time, that my uncle Toby and Trim had privately decamped from my fathers house in town, in order to lay some of the finest sieges to some of the finest fortified cities in Europe when my uncle Toby was one evening getting his supper, with Trim sitting behind him at a small sideboard; the landlord of a little inn in the village came into the parlour with an empty pbial in his band to beg a glass or two of sack; 'Tis for a poor gentleman, I think, of the army, said the landlord, who has been taken ill at my house four days ago, and has never held up his head since, or had a desire to taste any thing, till just now, that he has a fancy for a glass of sack and a thin toast,
I think, says he, taking his hand from his forehead, it would comfort me.
If I could neither beg, borrow, or buy such a thing, added the landlord, I would almost steal it for the poor gentleman, he is so ill. :
I hope in God he will still mend, continued he we are all of us concerned for him.
Thou art a good - natured soul, I will answer for thee, cried my uncle Toby; and thou shalt drink the poor gentleman's health in a glass of sack thyself, and take a couple of bottles . with my service, and tell him he is heartily welcome to them, and to a dozen more if they will do him good.
Though I am persuaded, said my uncle Toby, as the landlord shut the door, he is a very compassionate fellow. Trim, - yet I cannot help entertaining a high opinion of his guest too; there must be something more than common in him, that in só short a time should win so much upon the affections of his host; and of his whole family, added the corporal, for they are all concerned for him. Step after him, said my uncle Toby, do Trim,
and ask if he knows bis name.
I have quite forgot it truly, said the landlord, coming. back into the parlour with the corporal, but I can ask his son again. Has be a son with him then? said my uncle Toby. A boy, replied the landlord, of about eleven or twelve years of age; but the poor creature has tasted almost as little as his father; he does nothing but mourn and lament for him night and day: he has not stirred from the bed-side these two days.
My uncle Toby laid down his knife and fork, and thrust his plate from before him, as the landlord gave him the ac
count; and Trim, without being ordered, took away without saying one word, and in a few minutes after brought him his pipe and tobacco.
Stay in the room a little, said my uncle Toby. Trim! said my uncle Toby, after he lighted his pipe, and, smoaked about a dozen whiffs. Trim came in front of his master and made his bow; my uncle Toby smoaked on, and said no more to Corporal! said my uncle Toby the corporal made his bow. My uncle Toby proceeded no farther, but finished his pipe.
Trim! said my uncle Toby, I have a project in my head, as it is a bad night, of wrapping myself up warm in my roquelaure, and paying a visit to this poor gentleman. - Your honour's roquelaure, replied the corporal, bas not once been had on, since the night before your honour received your wound, when we mounted guard in the trenches before the gate of St. Nicholas; and besides it is so cold and rainy a night, that what, with thé roquelaure, and what with the weather, 'twill be enough to give your honour your death, and bring on your honour's torment in your groin. I fear so, replied my uncle Toby; but I am not at rest in
mind, Trim, since the account the landlord has given me. I wish I had not known so much of this affair, added my uncle Toby,
or that I had known more of it: how shall we manage it? Leave it, an't please your honour *), to me, quoth the corporal; I'll take my hat and stick, and go to the house and reconnoitre, and act accordingly.; and I will bring your honour a full account in an hour. Thou shalt go Trim, said my uncle Toby, and here's a shilling for thee to drink with his servant. – I shall get it all out of him, said the corporal, shutting the door.
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 cur
*) an't please your honour, eine Redensart, welche der gemeine Mann in England etwa in dem Sinne gebraucht, wie bei uns das: Šalten zu Gnaden; nichts für úngut u. dgl.; an steht für if, ist aber in diesem Sinne veraltet. Your honour war der Titel, den man sonst den vornchmsten Personen gab. Gegenwärtig bedienen sich dieser Anrede noch manche Bedienten gegen ihre Herren, geringe Leute gegen Vornehmere, die Metrosen gegen ihren Capitän 4. s. w.
lain of the tenailė a straight line, as-a crooked one, ='he might be said to have thought of nothing else but poor Le Fevre and his buy 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 sick lieuteriant. 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, ML fill another pipe, said my uncle Toby, and not interrupt thee' till thou hast done;"so sit down at"thy ease, Trim, in the window seat, and begin thy story again. The curporal made his old bow, which generally spoke as plain as a bow could speak it. - , Your honour is good:” and baving done that, he sat down, as he was ordered, and began the story to my uncle Tuby 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 licute nant and his son; for when I asked wbere his servant was, from whom I made myself surc of knowing every thing which was proper to be asked, That's a right distinction, Trim, said my uncle Toby. I was answered, an't please your honour, that he had no servant with him; that he had come to the inn with hired horses, wbich, upon finding himself unable to proceed, (to join, I suppose, the regiment) he had dismissed the morning after be came. If I get betler, my dear, said he, as he gave his purse to his son to pay the
can hire horses froin hence. But alas! the poor gentleman will never get from hence, said the landlady
-, for I heard the deathwatch all night long, and when he dies, the youth, his son, will certainly die with him; for he is broken-hearted already.
I yas hearing this account, continued the corporal, when the youth came into the kitcben, to order the thin toast the landiord spoke of; but I will do it for my father myself, said the youth Pray let me save you the lrouble, young gentleman, said I, taking up a fork for the purpose, aod offering him my chair to sit down upon by the fire, whilst
I did it. I believe, Sir, said he, very modestly, I can please him best myself. I am sure, said I, his honour will not like the toast the worse for being toasted by an old soldier. The youth took hold of my hand, and instantly burst into tears. Poor youth! said my uncle Toby,'he has been bred up from an infant in the army, and the name of a soldier, Trim, sounded 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't 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 servaat, 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 added my purse too, said my uncle Toby) he was heartily welcome to it: He made a very low bów, 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
*) Curate bezeichnet einen Substituten oder Amtsvertreter eines eigentlichen Pfarrers. Viele Rectors nämlich besuchen nur ein oder einige Male jährlich ihre Pfarren, und halten sich den übrigen Theil des Jahres in London, oder wo es ihnen sonst beliebt, auf. Der Curate muss unterdessen alle Amtsverrichtungen besorgen. Auch die Vicars, welche indessen vom Bischofe zur Residenz ib. i. zum Aufenthalt auf ihren Pfarren gezwungen werden können, halten sich Curates. Ein solcher Mann wurde sonst nur sehr kärglich bezahlt, und erhielt jährlich etwa 30 bis 40 Pfund; jetzt aber, seitdem die Rectors und Vicars sich nicht mehr allein mit den Curates ubfinden, sondern auch der Bischof Theil an den Unterhandlungen nimmt, ist die Lage cines Curate etwas besser, und seine Einkünfte stehen mit denen des eigentlichen Pfarrers mehr im Verhältniss. Ein Rector und Vicar unterscheiden sich übrigens so von einander, dass jener den ganzen Zehnten, d. h. den zehnten Theil von allem, was ein Farmer oder Landmann gewinnt oder erbaut, folglich die zehnte (iarbe, das zehnte Schwein u. s. w. erhält, es sey denn, dass einer dieser Artikel durch eine Parliamentsakte ausgenommen ist, die Vicars bekommen dagegen blos den kleinen Zehnten. Man theilt nämlich den Zehnten in den grossen (great tythes), wohin man bloss Getreide und
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 sack and toast, he felt himself a litile revived, and sent down into the kitchen, to let me know, that in about ten minutes he should be glad if I would step up. stairs. I believe, said the landlord, he is going to say his prayers,
for there was a book laid upon the chair by his bed - side, 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 say
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 cur. rate. A soldier, an' please your reverence, said I, prays as often (of his own accord) as a parson;
and when he is 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, harrassing others to-morrow;
detached here; countermanded there; resting this night out upon his arms; beat
benumbed in his joints; perhaps without straw in his tent to kneel on; his prayers how and when he can. I believe, said I, for I was piqued, quoth the corporal, for the reputation of
I believe, an't please your reverence, said I, that when a soldier, gets time to pray, he prays as beartily
a parson *) though not with all his fuss and hypocrisy. -Thou should'st not have said that, Trim, said my
Wiesen rechnet, und in den kleinen (şınall tythes), zu welchem alle übrigen Naturerzeugnisse gehören. (Siehe Küttners Bciträge zur Kenntniss des Innern von England und seiner Einwohner, 15tes Stück, S. 10.) *) parson, ein aus dem Lateinischen (persona publica) abgekürztes Wort, ist nicht die ehrenvollste Benennung eines Geistlichen und entspricht so ziemlich unserm deutschen: Pfaffe.