Study Guide

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Book 1, Chapter 7

By Laurence Sterne

Book 1, Chapter 7

  • Here comes another digression.
  • A renowned midwife lived in the village, and here's her story: the only midwife used to live six or seven miles away (that used to be a long way in the eighteenth century), until the parson's wife convinced her husband to pay for a local woman to learn the trade.
  • Cut to Tristram's favorite topic: hobby-horses.