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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Book 3, Chapter 6

By Laurence Sterne

Book 3, Chapter 6

  • Now we're zig-zagging back to the Flanders armies.
  • Mr. Shandy thinks Toby's a pretty great guy, and tells him so straight-up. After all, it's not Toby's fault that babies are born headfirst. But seriously, the world is harsh enough without exposing the poor kids to danger on their way into it.
  • This makes Toby wonder whether it's more dangerous to be born nowadays. When he finds out that it's not, he leans back in his chair and begins to whistle.