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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Book 2, Chapter 9

By Laurence Sterne

Book 2, Chapter 9

  • Shmoopers, meet Dr. Slop. He's about four and a half feet tall, very round, and he's heading fast in the direction of Shandy Hall on a small, struggling pony. In the opposite direction, Obadiah is galloping on a horse big enough to pull a coach.
  • Sensing disaster, Dr. Slop abandons ship. He flings himself off the pony directly into a pit of mud, but that's not enough: Obadiah is galloping so fast that he has to bring his horse three times around before it stops.
  • By the end, Dr. Slop looks like he's been naked mud wrestling on the best Spring Break ever.