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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Book 4, Chapter 29

By Laurence Sterne

Book 4, Chapter 29

  • Toby and Mr. Shandy are headed down the staircase again—although Tristram assures his reader that this staircase is not as long as the last one—when Toby asks for the scholars' opinion about Tristram's name.
  • The absurd conclusion is that it doesn't matter: the logicians have managed to prove that Mr. Shandy isn't even related to his own son.