Tristram Shandy Book 5, Chapters 1-5 Summary

Laurence Sterne

Book 5, Chapters 1-5 Summary

The narrator previously promised to write a chapter devoted to the topic of whiskers. Having made this promise, he decides it is now time to fulfill it, even though it is completely out of context for the rest of the story. The narrator does not worry about this, stating that he will leave it to those who will later review and criticize his story to figure out what it means.

So the narrator creates a new narrator, whom he describes only as an "old man." The old man then begins to tell a story about whiskers. In the old man's story there is a queen of "Navarre" and her court of females who become engaged in a discussion of whiskers and how handsome they are. A man without them is not worthy of their attention.

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(The entire section is 550 words.)