A Sentimental Journey by Lawrence Sterne

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Title

A Sentimental Journey by Lawrence Sterne

Subject

Sentimental Novel, Fiction, Travel Literature

Description

An Excerpt from 'A Sentimental Journey'

Creator

Lawrence Sterne

Source

The International Collectors Library

Publisher

T. Becket and P. A. De Hond

Date

1768

Contributor

Riwayat Katia

Format

Print

Language

English

Type

Novel

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When the mourner got thus far on his story, he stopp'd to pay Nature her tribute, and wept bitterly. He said, heaven had accepted the conditions; and that he had set out from his cottage with this poor creature, who had been a patient partner of his journey; that it had eaten the same bread with him all the way, and was unto him as a friend.
—The ass, he said, he was assured, loved him; and upon this told them a long story of a mischance upon their passage over the Pyrenean mountains, which had separated them from each other three days; during which time the ass had sought him as much as he had sought the ass, and that they had scarce either eaten or drank till they met. Thou hast one comfort, friend, said I, at least, in the loss of thy poor beast; I'm sure thou hast been a merciful master to him.
— Alas! said the mourner, I thought so when he was alive; but now that he is dead, I think otherwise. I fear the weight of myself and my afflictions together have been too much for him, they have shortened the poor creature's days, and I fear I have them to answer for.
—Shame on the world! said I to myself. Did we but love each other as this poor soul loved his ass, 'twould be something.

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Lawrence Sterne , “A Sentimental Journey by Lawrence Sterne,” Enlightenmens, accessed May 25, 2022, http://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/891.

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