The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy

Who is Yorick from The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy and what is their importance?

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Yorick is the village parson. The villagers often misunderstand him because he is very straight talking and therefore does not conform to a man of the church. In reality, he is a kind-hearted man even to the point where he lends his best horses to his villagers while he makes do with a decrepit, old horse. When he helps the midwife get a license, the villagers no longer have to borrow his horses to ride the seven miles to get the doctor. However, everyone feels the parson has committed a selfish act, thinking he only wants to keep his horses for himself. As his Shakespearean name suggests, he is a witty, but tragic figure. At the end of his life, Yorick dies a lonely man.