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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Book 3, Chapter 33

By Laurence Sterne

Book 3, Chapter 33

  • More family history is coming right up. Tristram's grandmother tells her husband that the jointure they pay to Tristram's great-grandmother is extremely large. Tristram's grandfather explains that she can blame his father's mini-nose.
  • So the Shandy family tends to prefer long noses a la Cyrano de Bergerac. These lovely long noses made them too big for their britches way back when—but his great-grandfather's nose destroyed all that.