"Shall not conscience rise up and sting him on such occasions?"

— Sterne, Laurence (1713-1768)


Place of Publication
London
Publisher
Printed for D. Lynch
Date
1760-7
Metaphor
"Shall not conscience rise up and sting him on such occasions?"
Metaphor in Context
"Another is sordid, unmerciful," (hereTrim waved his right-hand) "a strait-hearted, selfish wretch, incapable either of private friendship or public spirit. Take notice how he passes by the widow and orphan in their distress, and sees all the miseries incident to human life without a sigh or a prayer." [And please your Honours, cried Trim, I think this is a viler man than the other.]

"Shall not conscience rise up and sting him on such occasions? --No; thank God there is no occasion; I pay every man his own;--I have no fornication to answer to my conscience;--no faithless vows or promises to make up;--I have debauched no man's wife or child; thank God, I am not as other men, adulterers, unjust, or even as this libertine, who stands before me.
(pp. 118-9; Norton 93)
Categories
Provenance
Searching in HDIS (Prose)
Citation
Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman 9 vols. (London: printed for D. Lynch, 1760-1767). <Link to ECCO><Link to 1759 York edition in ECCO>

Reading in Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy: An Authoritative Text, Backgrounds and Sources, Criticism, Ed. Howard Anderson (New York: Norton, 1980).
Date of Entry
11/24/2004

The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.