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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Book 6, Chapter 31

By Laurence Sterne

Book 6, Chapter 31

  • When the war looked like it was drawing to a close, Toby's mood took a major nosedive. Mr. Shandy tried to comfort him by telling that war would soon break out again, but he's not really getting the motive behind Toby's sadness.
  • One night, Toby explains it—and Mr. Shandy is so taken with the explanation that he writes it down.