Quotation by Laurence Sterne

"Pray my dear," quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"M"Good G—!" cried my father, making an exclamation, but taking care to moderate his voice at the same time,—"Did ever woman, since the creation of the world, interrupt a man with such a silly question?"
Laurence Sterne (1713–1768), British author. Tristram Shandy, bk. 1, ch. 1 (1759-1767).

Events occurring at the conception of Tristram Shandy, on account of which, according to his father, "My Tristram's misfortunes began nine months before ever he came into the world."
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