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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 42 Summary

  • Mr. Shandy gives some examples of lengthy educations. He's also completely convinced that there has to be a quicker way of getting edumacated. The whole thing, he says, depends on auxiliary verbs.
  • Wait a sec, Yorick says. He has no idea what Mr. Shandy is talking about.
  • See, Mr. Shandy thinks that teachers have totally neglected auxiliary verbs. These magical little bits of grammar open up the mind and bring new ideas. Yorick's curiosity is piqued, but Toby is confused—the only auxiliaries he knows of are military forces. Oh, Toby.

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