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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Book 2, Chapter 18

By Laurence Sterne

Book 2, Chapter 18

  • Just as Trim is about to peace out, Obadiah rushes in with the bag full of instruments. Dr. Slop suggests that they go check on Mrs. Shandy, but Mr. Shandy says that the midwife is going to come let them know how everything is going. Dr. Slop insists that obstetrics has come so far that he wonders how—
  • Toby interrupts: What big armies we had in Flanders!