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"What do you know about it?" Dr. Slop asks her. This is important, because if the child is a boy there could be severe consequences if the hip is mistaken for the head—there's a possibility that the forceps ******************.
Mr. Shandy thinks that if such a terrible thing happens the doctor might as well take off the child's head. Father of the year award, right here.
Tristram assumes that the reader couldn't possibly understand all this, but he assures us that Dr. Slop does. Taking up his green bag, Dr. Slop heads upstairs.