Study Guide

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Book 3, Chapter 17

By Laurence Sterne

Book 3, Chapter 17

  • "What do you know about it?" Dr. Slop asks her. This is important, because if the child is a boy there could be severe consequences if the hip is mistaken for the head—there's a possibility that the forceps ******************.
  • Mr. Shandy thinks that if such a terrible thing happens the doctor might as well take off the child's head. Father of the year award, right here.
  • Tristram assumes that the reader couldn't possibly understand all this, but he assures us that Dr. Slop does. Taking up his green bag, Dr. Slop heads upstairs.