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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 40 Summary

  • Trim compares Limerick to a giant puddle (get out the galoshes!) The damp makes everyone sick, and those who are rich enough burn a dish full of brandy every night, which takes the damp out of the air. From this, Trim concludes, radical moisture is nothing but ditch-water; and radical heat is burnt brandy.
  • Dr. Slop gives his opinion: heat and moisture are the basis of our being, and Trim has gotten confused by hearing some superficial discussion of the terms.
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