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A young physician taking the pulse of a woman with whom he is flirting, a young man passing by raises his hat. Colour stipple engraving by J. Parker, 1783, after J. Northcote.

A shop assistant standing on the left, behind the counter at a glove shop, leaning with her arms on the desk and looking at a pair of gloves beside her, watched by Reverend Yorick, who stands on the opposite side, his hat in his left hand, resting on…


In this excerpt, Sterne parodies Tristram's sentimental attraction to Maria by depicting her dividing her affections between Tristram and a goat. Tristram, the sentimental object, is ostensibly empathetic to Maria's sorrow and emotion. However, when…
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