The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Book 3, Chapter 33 Summary
More family history is coming right up. Tristram's grandmother tells her husband that the jointure they pay to Tristram's great-grandmother is extremely large. Tristram's grandfather explains that she can blame his father's mini-nose.
So the Shandy family tends to prefer long noses a la Cyrano de Bergerac. These lovely long noses made them too big for their britches way back when—but his great-grandfather's nose destroyed all that.