Narrative represented as paths

A representation from "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Oxford World's Classics)" by Laurence Sterne illustrating the Linear Progression of the Narrative:

Why do I blog this? I found interesting how a story could be turned into an illustration. Still trapped in timeline visualizations for my phd research, I was looking for curious examples of how to represent events that occur over time. In this case, what is relevant is the way the illustration depicts a non-linera path with deviations and circles.