The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Book 3, Chapter 6 Summary
Now we're zig-zagging back to the Flanders armies.
Mr. Shandy thinks Toby's a pretty great guy, and tells him so straight-up. After all, it's not Toby's fault that babies are born headfirst. But seriously, the world is harsh enough without exposing the poor kids to danger on their way into it.
This makes Toby wonder whether it's more dangerous to be born nowadays. When he finds out that it's not, he leans back in his chair and begins to whistle.