even unto the two adenes, which are throat kernels;
and, redoubling the blow, he opened the spinal marrow
betwixt the second and third vertebrae. There
fell down that keeper stark dead to the ground.
Then the monk, reining his horse to the left, ran upon
the other, who, seeing his fellow dead, and the monk
to have the advantage of him, cried with a loud voice,
Ha, my lord prior, quarter; I yield, my lord prior,
quarter; quarter, my good friend, my lord prior.
And the monk cried likewise, My lord posterior, my
friend, my lord posterior, you shall have it upon
your posteriorums. Ha, said the keeper, my lord
prior, my minion, my gentle lord prior, I pray God
make you an abbot. By the habit, said the monk,
which I wear, I will here make you a cardinal.
What! do you use to pay ransoms to religious men?
You shall therefore have by-and-by a red hat of my
giving. And the fellow cried, Ha, my lord prior,
my lord prior, my lord abbot that shall be, my lord
cardinal, my lord all! Ha, ha, hes, no, my lord
prior, my good little lord the prior, I yield, render
and deliver myself up to you. And I deliver
thee, said the monk, to all the devils in hell.
Then at one stroke he cut off his head, cutting his
scalp upon the temple-bones, and lifting up in the
upper part of the skull the two triangulary bones
called sincipital, or the two bones bregmatis, together
with the sagittal commissure or dartlike seam which
distinguisheth the right side of the head from the
left, as also a great part of the coronal or forehead
bone, by which terrible blow likewise he cut the two
meninges or films which enwrap the brain, and made
a deep wound in the brain’s two posterior ventricles,
and the cranium or skull abode hanging upon his shoulders
by the skin of the pericranium behind, in form of a
doctor’s bonnet, black without and red within.
Thus fell he down also to the ground stark dead.
And presently the monk gave his horse the spur, and
kept the way that the enemy held, who had met with
Gargantua and his companions in the broad highway,
and were so diminished of their number for the enormous
slaughter that Gargantua had made with his great tree
amongst them, as also Gymnast, Ponocrates, Eudemon,
and the rest, that they began to retreat disorderly
and in great haste, as men altogether affrighted and
troubled in both sense and understanding, and as if
they had seen the very proper species and form of
death before their eyes; or rather, as when you see
an ass with a brizze or gadbee under his tail, or
fly that stings him, run hither and thither without
keeping any path or way, throwing down his load to
the ground, breaking his bridle and reins, and taking
no breath nor rest, and no man can tell what ails
him, for they see not anything touch him. So
fled these people destitute of wit, without knowing
any cause of flying, only pursued by a panic terror
which in their minds they had conceived. The
monk, perceiving that their whole intent was to betake