The Four Loves
Lewis, C. S.
“There is a delicious illustration of really good domestic manners in [Laurence Sterne’s] Tristram Shandy. At a singularly unsuitable moment Uncle Toby has been holding forth on his favorite theme of fortification. ‘My Father,’ driven for once beyond endurance, violently interrupts. Then he sees his brother’s face; the utterly unretaliating face of Toby, deeply wounded, not by the light to himself—he would never think of that—but by the slight to the noble art [of fortification]. My Father at once repents. There is an apology, a total reconciliation. Uncle Toby, to show how complete is his forgiveness, to show that he is not on his dignity, resumes the lecture on fortification.”