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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Book 4, Chapter 17

By Laurence Sterne

Book 4, Chapter 17

  • Tristram reminds us that Mr. Shandy flung himself on the bed when he heard about Tristram's nose, so it seems likely that he'll do the same now. But we respond differently to different hardships. Instead of collapsing in grief, Mr. Shandy walks out to the fish-pond.