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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Book 4, Chapter 13

By Laurence Sterne

Book 4, Chapter 13

  • Tristram begs for some help with getting Mr. Shandy off the stairs. But first, he has to make an observation.
  • He is a whole year older than when he started writing, and he has only written up to his birth day. He is living, he calculates, 364 times faster than he can write, and he will never be able to catch up. That's some interesting math, Tristram.
  • But somehow Mr. Shandy and Toby have managed to make it off the staircase.