Study Guide

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Book 3, Chapter 1

By Laurence Sterne

Book 3, Chapter 1

  • Remember Book 2, Chapter 18? "I wish you'd seen what big armies we had in Flanders," Toby says.
  • This wish came just as Dr. Slop was explaining the wonders of obstetrics, and it threw the poor doctor for such a loop—as such non sequiturs always do—that he couldn't finish his thought. Mr. Shandy, who was very interested in the original discussion, came to Slop's rescue.