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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Book 1, Chapter 25

By Laurence Sterne

Book 1, Chapter 25

  • Now for Uncle Toby's hobby-horse? Nope, hold your horses. First, we have to learn how Uncle Toby developed his obsession.
  • After Uncle Toby got his groin wound, he headed back to England. For four years, he was confined to his room while doctors tried to heal his pelvic region.
  • While Toby recovered a house in London rented by Mr. Shandy, visitors came to wish him well. They liked to ask questions about the siege. Those questions were supposed to help Toby cope with the trauma, but they actually confused him. Why was he confused?
  • If we could guess, Tristram would feel that he'd failed as a writer.