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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Book 5, Chapter 2

By Laurence Sterne

Book 5, Chapter 2

  • When Mr. Shandy got the scoop on Bobby's death, Tristram says, he was just figuring out how much Bobby's travels were going to cost by laboriously comparing a map to the post roads (the places where a traveler would change horses). Toby reads the letter first and breaks the news. Mr. Shandy's response, Tristram says, deserves its own chapter.