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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Book 6, Chapter 19

By Laurence Sterne

Book 6, Chapter 19

  • Mr. Shandy needs to take a chill pill, so he turns to antiquity. He consults an ancient Roman author who provides lots of great detail about Roman clothes—but not very much about breeches.
  • The only useful piece of information he can find is that only one item, the Latus Clavus, is not worn by slaves. Mr. Shandy decides that Latus Clavus translates to "hooks and eyes," and orders the breeches to be made with hooks and eyes.

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