Here are the questions we didn't get to in class today. Feel free to follow up on our discussion by choosing one and taking a stab at it here. Alternatively, if there was anything you would have liked to say in class today but didn't have a chance to--or if there is something that came to mind after we left--please feel free to post it here.
- Upon learning about Bobby’s death, why does Susannah immediately fixate on Mrs. Shandy’s “green sattin nightgown” (V.vii, 324+)? How do Susannah’s thoughts about clothes advance the story that Tristram is telling here?
- Why does Tristram “beseech” us readers to “meditate…upon Trim’s hat” (V.vii, 327)? What will happen if you take his advice and do so?
- Several entire chapters in the reading for today say nothing about the (mis)fortunes of the Shandy family—they in fact interrupt the narrative to address Tristram’s writing/thinking process. Which of these did you find particularly interesting or illuminating or thought-provoking? Why?
- What are relations like between masters/mistresses and servants in the Shandy household? What is Tristram’s attitude toward the lower classes?
Deadline: Saturday midnight (after all, we need to move along to The Female American! But don't worry, we'll be coming back to Tristram Shandy again).