The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy, Gentleman Volume 1

The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy, Gentleman Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1792 edition. Excerpt: ...and fineness of the soul depended upon the temperature and clearness of the said liquor, or of the finer net-work and texture in the cerebellum itself; which opinion he favored. He maintained, that next to the due care to be taken in the act of propagation of each individual, which required all the thought in the world, as it laid the foundation of this incomprehensible contexture, in which wit, memory, fancy, eloquence, and what is usually meant by the name of good natural parts, do consist;-that next to this and his Christian name, which were the two original and most efsicacious causes of all;, -that the third cause, or rather what logicians call the Causa szne qua non, and without which all that was done was of no manner of significance, -was the preservation of this delicate and fine' spun web, from the havock which was generally made in it by the violent compression and crush which the head was made to undergo, by the nonsensical method of bringing tis into the world by that foremost.---This requires explanation. 1Vy father, who dipped into all kinds of books, 'upon looking into Lithopizdus Senonefis de Partu dzflfciliiii, published by Adrianus Smelvgot, had found out, that the lax and pliable state of a child's as head in parturition, the bones of the cranium having no sutures at-that time, was such, -that by force of the woman's efforts, which, in strong labor-pains, was equal, upon an average, to the weight of 47o pounds averdupois acfting perpendicularly upon it;--it so happened, that in 49 instances out of 5o, the said head was compressed and moulded into the shape of an oblong conical piece of dough, such as a pastry-cook generally rolls up in order to make a pie of.-Good God! cried my father, what havock and destruaftion must this makeshow more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236565967
  • 9781236565969