Tristram Shandy Book 5, Chapters 6-12 Summary

Laurence Sterne

Book 5, Chapters 6-12 Summary

The narrator previously promised a chapter each on the topics of chambermaids and button holes, but he changes his mind. In their place, he offers chapters on how some of Mr. Shandy's and Toby's staff react to Bobby's death.

Upon hearing that the older Shandy son has died, Susannah cannot believe the news. Once she regains her senses, she announces that the family must go into mourning. Upon hearing this, Corporal Trim, Toby's right-hand man, says, "I hope not."

Susannah misunderstands this and questions Trim about his statement. Trim explains that he hopes that the news about Bobby's death is untrue. If so, there would be no need to go into mourning.

Susannah tells Trim that the news is...

(The entire section is 544 words.)