"My heart smote me the moment he shut the door."

— Sterne, Laurence (1713-1768)

Place of Publication
Printed for T. Becket and P. A. De Hondt
"My heart smote me the moment he shut the door."
Metaphor in Context
My heart smote me the moment he shut the door--Psha! said I with an air of carelessness, three several times--but it would not do: every ungracious syllable I had utter'd, crouded back into my imagination: I reflected, I had no right over the poor Franciscan, but to deny him; and that the punishment of that was enough to the disappointed without the addition of unkind language--I consider'd his grey hairs-- his courteous figure seem'd to re-enter and gently ask me what injury he had done me?--and why I could use him thus--I would have given twenty livres for an advocate--I have behaved very ill; said I within myself; but I have only just set out upon my travels; and shall learn better manners as I get along.
(I, pp. 18-19)
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First edition published February 27, 1768, in two issues (standard paper and large "imperial" paper issue).

See A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy. By Mr. Yorick., 2 vols. 2nd ed. (London: Printed for T. Becket and P. A. De Hondt, 1768). <Link to ESTC>

Reading Laurence Sterne, A Sentimental Journey, ed. Paul Goring (New York and London: Penguin, 2001)
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.