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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Book 5, Chapter 13

By Laurence Sterne

Book 5, Chapter 13

  • Mr. Shandy was a little like Job (assuming Job ever existed, Tristram says), in that his first impulse when something went wrong was to wish himself dead.
  • He's quoting Socrates on the matter, who said something about his three children, when Mrs. Shandy misunderstands him: three children?" she says. "That's one more than I know about!"
  • "No," Mr. Shandy says: "I have one less."