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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 4, Chapter 7 Summary

  • Mr. Shandy begins a grand speech about how it's remarkable that anyone can survive in such a state of misfortune.
  • Toby interrupts to give God some credit. Mr. Shandy doesn't like this answer, since it's cutting a knot (solving a problem using religion) instead of untying it (solving a problem using logic).
  • Mr. Shandy changes positions: he grabs his left index finger in his right thumb and index finger, and prepares to continue his speech.

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