Monday, February 4, 2019


Tristram in Paris, with his father Walter, his uncle Toby, and Corporal Trim:

Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman 7 (1765).

“I’ll go see any body,” “Then one need not shave”: Uncle Toby sounds like an eighteenth-century Stan Laurel, or maybe Chico Marx. Though Chico would’ve said, “Then we don’t gotta shave.”

And now I’m thinking of Laurence Sterne as a Marx brother: Sterno Marx? But he would have had a difficult time with the Production Code.

Also from Sterne
Letters for all occasions : Yorick, distracted : Yorick, translating : Yorick, soulful : Digressions : Uncle Toby and the fly : Heat and knowledge : “A North-west passage to the intellectual world” : Paris and Manhattan

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