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of us been loft, or devoured by wild beafts in it:
think the world itself, Sir, had contained such a number of Jack Affes? How they view'd and review'd us as we passed over the rivulet at the bottom of that little valley ! and when we climbed over that hill, and were just getting out of fight-good God! what a braying did they all set up together!
Prithee, shepherd! who keeps all chofe Jack Affes ?
Heaven be their comforter What ! are they never curried ? Are they never taken in in winter? -Bray bray-bray.' Bray on the world is deeply your debtor ;-louder ftill that's nothing ;- in good footh, you are ill-used :
-Was I a Jack Affe, I solemnly declare, I would bray in G-sol-re-ut from morning, even unto night.
CHA P. II.
HEN my father had danced his
white bear backwards and forwards through half a dozen pages, he closed the book for good an' all,--and in a kind of triumph redelivered it into Trim's hand, with a nod to lay it upon the 'scrutoire where he found it.Tristram, said he, shall be made to conjugate every word in the dictionary, backwards and forwards the same way ;--every word, Yorick, by this means, you see, is converted into a thesis or an hypothesis ;every thesis and hypothesis have an offB 2
spring spring of propositions ;-and each proposition has its own consequences and conclusions; every one of which leads the mind on again, into fresh tracks of enquiries and doubtings. The force of this engine, added my father, is incredible, in opening a child's head. 'Tis enough, brother Shandy, cried my uncle Toby, to burst it into a thousand splinters.
I presume, said Yorick, smiling, -it must be owing to this, (for let logicians say what they will, it is not to be accounted for sufficiently from the bare use of the ten predicaments) That the famous Vincent Quirino, amongst the many other astonishing feats of his childhood, of which the Cardinal Bembo has given the world so exact a story, - should be able to paste up in the publick schools
at Rome, so early as in the eighth year of his age, no less than four thousand, five hundred, and sixty different theses, upon the most abstruse points of the most abstruse theology ;-and to defend and maintain them in such fort, as to cramp and dumbfound his opponents.What is that, cried my father, to what is told us of Alphonsus Toftatus, who, almost in his nurse's arms, learned all the sciences and liberal arts without being taught any one of them? What Shall we say of the great Piereskius ?-That's the very man, cried my uncle Toby, I once told you of, brother Shandy, who walked a matter of five hundred miles, reckoning from Paris to Scheuling, and from Schevling back again, merely to see Stevinus's flying chariot. He was a very great man! added my uncle Toby ; (meaning Stevinus)-He was so ;
brother Toby, said my father, (meaning Piereskius) and had multiplied his ideas so fast, and increased his knowlege to such a prodigious stock, that, if we may give credit to an ancedote concerning him, which we cannot withhold here, without shaking the authority of all anecdotes whateverát seven years of age, his father committed entirely to his care the education of his younger brother, aboy of five years old, with the fole management ofall his concerns.-Wasthe father as wise as the son ? quoth my uncle Toby:- I should think not, said Yorick :But what are these, continued my father(breaking out in a kind of enthusiasm) -what are these, to those prodigies of childhood in Grotius, Scioppius, Heinsius, Politian, Pascal, Joseph Scaliger, Ferdinand de Cordouè, and others--fome of which left off their substantial forms at