Laurence Sterne,-A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy

 
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THE DESOBLIGEANT.

CALAIS

WHEN a man is discontented
with himself, it has one ad-
vantage however, that it puts him
into an excellent frame of mind for
making a bargain. Now there being
no travelling through France and
Italy without a chaise---and nature
generally prompting us to the thing
we are fittest for, I walk'd out into
the coach yard to buy or hire some-
thing of that kind to my purpose:
an old Désobligeant* in the furthest
corner of the court, hit my fancy at
first sight, so I instantly got into it,


* A Chaise, so called in France, from its holding but one person.

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and finding it in tolerable harmony
with my feelings, I ordered the
waiter to call Monsieur Dessein the
master of the hôtel---but Monsieur
Dessein being gone to vespers, and
not caring to face the Franciscan
whom I saw on the opposite side of
the court, in conference with a lady
just arrived, at the inn---I drew the
taffeta curtain betwixt us, and being
determined to write my journey, I
took out my pen and ink, and wrote
the preface to it in the Disobligeant.


               

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