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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Book 3, Chapter 37

By Laurence Sterne

Book 3, Chapter 37

  • Mr. Shandy is reading a text by Erasmus, who claims that a nose is convenient for blowing on fires—an excellent skill for any Boy Scout, we think. Mr. Shandy is using his penknife to try to make sense of the text, when he freaks out and tears out the page in frustration.