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Brewer's: Shandy

Captain Shandy is called Uncle Toby. He was wounded at the siege of Namur, and had retired from the service. He is benevolent and generous, simple as a child, brave as a lion, and gallant a…

Tristram DALTON

Senate Years of Service: 1789-1791Party: Pro-AdministrationDALTON, Tristram, a Senator from Massachusetts; born in Newburyport, Mass., May 28, 1738; attended Dummer Academy, Byfield, Mass., and…

Tristram SHAW

SHAW, Tristram, a Representative from New Hampshire; born in Hampton, Rockingham County, N.H., May 23, 1786; completed preparatory studies; held several local offices in Exeter, N.H.; elected a…

Brewer's: Tristram

(Sir), Tristrem, Tristan, or Tristam. Son of Rouland Rise, Lord of Ermonie, and Blanche Fleur, sister of Marke, King of Cornwall. Having lost both his parents, he was brought up by his uncl…

Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson played agent Dana Scully on the sci-fi TV show The X-Files (1993-2002). The show was a cult hit, making stars of Anderson and her co-star David Duchovny. The ascendancy of The X-File…

Brewer's: Dinah

(Aunt), in Sterne's Tristram Shandy. She leaves Mr. Walter Shandy £1,000, which he fancies will enable him to carry out all the wild schemes that enter into his head. Source: Dictiona…

Brewer's: Obadiah

A slang name for a Quaker. Obadiah. One of the servants of Mr. Shandy. (Sterne: Tristram Shandy.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894ObambouOb A B C D …

Brewer's: Critic

A judge; an arbiter. (Greek, krino, to judge.) Critic. A captious, malignant critic is called a Zoïlus (q. v.) “ `And what of this new book the whole world makes such a rout abo…

Brewer's: Doctor Slop

An enthusiast, who thinks the world hinges on getting Uncle Toby to understand the action of a new medical instrument. (Sterne: Tristram Shandy.) A nickname given by William Hone to Sir Joh…

Brewer's: Eugenius

This was John Hall Stephenson, author of Crazy Tales, a relative of Sterne. In Sterne's Tristram Shandy, Eugenius is made the friend and wise counsellor of Yorick. Source: Dictionary of P…