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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Book 8, Chapter 5

By Laurence Sterne

Book 8, Chapter 5

  • In this chapter, Tristram meditates upon the strange fact that women love weavers, gardeners, gladiators, men with bum legs, and water-drinkers—it's because men who only drink water pique their curiosity, and curiosity quickly leads to fancy and then to desire. Maybe Tristram should be writing for Men's Health.