Laurence Sterne,-A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy

 
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SENT IMENTAL JOURNEY,
& c. &c.

--- THEY order, said I, this
matter better in France---

You have been in France? said
my gentleman, turning quick upon
me with the most civil triumph in
the world.---Strange! quoth I, de-
bating the matter with myself, That
one and twenty miles sailing, for 'tis
absolutely no further from Dover to
Calais, should give a man these

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rights---I'll look into them: so giv-
ing up the argument---I went straight
to my lodgings, put up half a dozen
shirts and a black pair of silk breeches
---;'the coat I have on,' said I, look-
ing at the sleeve, will do'---took a
place in the Dover stage; and the
packet sailing at nine the next morn-
ing---by three I had got sat down to
my dinner upon a fricassee'd chicken
so incontestably in France, that had
I died that night of an indigestion,
the whole world could not have sus-
pended the effects of the *Droits

* All the effects of strangers (Swiss and Scotch excepted) dying in France, are seized by virtue of this law, tho' the heir be upon the spot---the profit of these contingencies being farm'd, there is no redress.

                     d'aubaine

 

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d'aubaine---my shirts, and a pair
of silk breeches---portmanteau and
all must have gone to the King of
France---even the little picture which
I have so long worn, and so often
have told thee, Eliza, I would carry
with me into my grave, would have
been torn from my neck.---Ungene-
rous!---to seize upon the wreck of an
unwary passenger, whom your sub-
jects had beckon'd to their coast---by
heaven! SIRE, it is not well done;
and much does it grieve me, 'tis the
monarch of a people so civilized and
courteous, and so renown'd for sen-
timent and fine feelings, that I have
to reason with---

But I have scarce set foot in your
dominions---


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