Tristram Shandy Book 2, Chapters 1-5 Summary

Laurence Sterne

Book 2, Chapters 1-5 Summary

Tristram continues his story about Uncle Toby and his injury. After Toby is wounded, he is confined to bed for a long period of time. To help him pass the time and better endure the pain, Toby requests a map of Namur, the location in Belgium where the battle took place in which Toby was injured. Upon receiving this map, Toby begins to study it diligently. By forcing himself to memorize completely the map and recreate the whole scene of the military battles, their attacks and retreats, Toby slowly begins to heal as he replaces his emotional reactions to his wounds with more rational reflections on the battle in which they occurred.

However, as Toby's study of Namur expands into other battles and other histories of lands...

(The entire section is 559 words.)