All the while we've been reading this story, Tristram has passed through Fontainebleu, and Sens, and Joigny, and Auxerre, and Dijon, and Challon, and many, many more—but he hardly has the time to talk about them.
Here his reader interrupts: "Why, 'tis a strange story!" (7.26.2). Fine. He'll give it the old college try.