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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Book 7, Chapter 38

By Laurence Sterne

Book 7, Chapter 38

  • Tristram sets out to find the man he sold the carriage to, but the house is closed. It's September 8th, a Roman Catholic holiday, and everyone's out celebrating. Luckily, not too long after he sits down to wait, the mistress of the house comes to take the curlers out of her hair before going to dance around the maypole. Tristram is horrified to find out that she's done up her hair with his notes. She returns them to him, but they're all twisted—and Tristram is sure that by the time they're published they'll be more twisted still.

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