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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 5, Chapter 31 Summary

  • Mr. Shandy explains that they'll skip the yawn-worthy first 30 pages, which explain that political society arises out of sex between men and women—and the possession of an ox to plow the land.
  • Eventually, they fenced off the land and fixed it up. Somehow, by Mr. Shandy-logic, this proves that a father, and not a mother, has power over a child.

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