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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

by Laurence Sterne

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Book 3, Chapter 11 Summary

  • The Excommunication (by Ernulphus): Unless you can read Latin, you might want to go straight for the translation.
  • And here's the translation, which Dr. Slop only reluctantly reads aloud:
  • By the authority of God, may Obadiah be damned for tying these knots. We excommunicate him and sentence him to punishment. A series of curses follows, including "May he be cursed in "eating and drinking … in pissing, in shitting, and in blood-letting" (3.11.6)
  • Everyone is busy being horrified by the R-rated excommunication, when—
  • The door opens in the next chapter.

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