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I Am now beginning to get fairly into
By which it appears, that except at the
pared with what men have done, -- or
with my own transgressions at the letters
A B D -- they vanish into nothing.
In this last volume I have done better
still -- for from the end of Le Fever's
episode, to the beginning of my uncle
Toby's campaigns, -- I have scarce step-
ped a yard out of my way.
If I mend at this rate, it is not im-
possible -- by the good leave of his
grace of Benevento's devils -- but I
may arrive hereafter at the excellency of
going on even thus ;
which is a line drawn as straight as I
could draw it, by a writing-master's
ruler, (borrowed for that purpose) turn-
ing neither to the right hand or to the
This right line, -- the path-way for
Christians to walk in ! say divines --
-- The emblem of moral rectitude !
says Cicero --
-- The best line ! say cabbage-plan-
ters -- is the shortest line, says Archi-
medes, which can be drawn from one
given point to another. --
I wish your ladyships would lay
this matter to heart in your next birth-
day suits !
-- What a journey !
Pray can you tell me, -- that is, with-
out anger, before I write my chapter
upon straight lines -- by what mis-
take -- who told them so -- or how it
has come to pass, that your men of wit
and genius have all along confounded this
line, with the line of GRAVITATION.