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The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman Book 9, Chapter 25

By Laurence Sterne

Book 9, Chapter 25

  • At the end of this chapter, it'll be time to fill in the two earlier blank chapters, and you'll know why he had to skip them. Tristram begs that the world let people tell stories in their own way.
  • Chapter Eighteen.
  • Toby walks in the house and immediately tells Mrs. Wadman that he's in love. She expects him to continue, but he's said all he means to. After a few minutes of silence, she points out that marriage is hard. She asks why he wants to be married.
  • He says that religion offers pretty good reasons.
  • Mrs. Wadman points out that children are kind of a pain, and asks why any woman would want to have them.
  • Toby, who feels very sorry that women have to suffer childbirth, says he supposes that it's God's will. And this is why Toby doesn't have a girlfriend.
  • Fiddlesticks! she says.
  • Chapter Nineteen.
  • Toby blushes and proposes marriage. After he's done, he picks up the Bible and starts to read. A true romantic.