Study Guide

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Characters

By Laurence Sterne

Tristram Shandy

What do you call a main character who takes a backseat role in almost every scene? Tristram...

Yorick

Yorick is the pastor of the village near Shandy Hall. He baptizes Tristram, and he's a friend and...

Walter Shandy

Walter Shandy is Tristram's dad, and, more than anyone except Toby, Walter Shandy gets Tristram's...

Toby Shandy

Toby is Tristram's uncle, Walter Shandy's brother, and a loveable doofus who loves his war...

Corporal Trim

Corporal Trim (or James Butler, which is his real name) is Toby's servant and a regular at Shandy...

Mrs. Shandy

Mrs. Shandy is Tristram's mother, and she's kind of out of this world. Really—she's part of...

Dr. Slop

Dr. Slop is the village doc who's way into his hobby-horse: obstetrics. All righty, then. He...

Widow Wadman

Who's more into sex, men or women? If you were forced to answer, you'd probably have to say men....

Susannah

Susannah is Mrs. Shandy's maid and a walking Calamity Jane. We don't get a ton about Susannah's...

Obadiah

Obadiah is Mr. Shandy's go-to guy. Like Susannah, he's got the Shandy family's secrets on...