Tristram Shandy Book 3, Chapters 19-22 Summary

Laurence Sterne

Book 3, Chapters 19-22 Summary

After a long discussion about his philosophy of time, Mr. Shandy falls asleep in his chair. Toby soon follows him, while Dr. Slop continues to attend to Mrs. Shandy upstairs.

Meanwhile, Corporal Trim, who works for Toby, has been busy transforming an old pair of "jack-boots" into a pair of "mortars" that he and Toby plan to use in their re-enactment of the battle at Messina. Toby normally spends most of his day out in the yard, where he and Trim have been building a miniature replica of the battles in which Toby fought during the war and in which Toby received an injury in his groin.

In the middle of his continued narration of the story, Tristram again interrupts with a discussion of his intent to "write a...

(The entire section is 540 words.)