One might just as well try to make out that the history of Guarino Mezquino, or of the quest of the Holy Grail, is false, or that the loves of Tristram
and the Queen Yseult are apocryphal, as well as those of Guinevere and Lancelot, when there are persons who can almost remember having seen the Dame Quintanona, who was the best cupbearer in Great Britain.
He had found the origins of those tricks and turns of Heine's in 'Tristram
Shandy' and the 'Sentimental Journey;' and this galled me, as if he had shown that some mistress of my soul had studied her graces from another girl, and that it was not all her own hair that she wore.
we were Tristram
and Yseult, we were all the great lovers in the Pantheon of love."
Prominent, on the other hand, among the sentimentalists is Laurence Sterne, who, inappropriately enough, was a clergyman, the author of 'Tristram
Shandy.' This book is quite unlike anything else ever written.
The latter more than once received from his lips curses as sententious and as complicated as that celebrated anathema of the church, for a knowledge of which most unlettered Protestants are indebted to the pious researches of the worthy Tristram
"But to horse, Sir Nigel, you and yours and we shall seek the chateau of Sir Tristram
de Rochefort, which is two miles on this side of Villefranche.
``Ay, but I promise you,'' said De Bracy, ``that neither Tristram nor Lancelot would have been match, hand to hand, for Richard Plantagenet, and I think it was not their wont to take odds against a single man.''
``Was it in battle that Lancelot de Lac and Sir Tristram won renown?
"Oh, I'll be your little child," said Tristram, jovially; "I'll take you by the hand.
"Yes," said Tristram, "I suppose I am original; like all those immoral pictures in the Louvre."
Tristram seemed restless and suspicious; he eyed his friend askance, and then, "What are you up to, any way?" he demanded.
you make my flesh creep!" cried Tristram. "And while you sat in your hack, watching the play, as you call it, the other man marched in and bagged your sixty thousand dollars?"