Gargantua and Pantagruel eBook

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In the meantime the lady was not very well content with the want of her paternosters, for they were one of her implements to keep her countenance by in the church; then thought with herself, This bold flouting roister is some giddy, fantastical, light-headed fool of a strange country.  I shall never recover my paternosters again.  What will my husband say?  He will no doubt be angry with me.  But I will tell him that a thief hath cut them off from my hands in the church, which he will easily believe, seeing the end of the ribbon left at my girdle.  After dinner Panurge went to see her, carrying in his sleeve a great purse full of palace-crowns, called counters, and began to say unto her, Which of us two loveth other best, you me, or I you?  Whereunto she answered, As for me, I do not hate you; for, as God commands, I love all the world.  But to the purpose, said he; are not you in love with me?  I have, said she, told you so many times already that you should talk so no more to me, and if you speak of it again I will teach you that I am not one to be talked unto dishonestly.  Get you hence packing, and deliver me my paternosters, that my husband may not ask me for them.

How now, madam, said he, your paternosters?  Nay, by mine oath, I will not do so, but I will give you others.  Had you rather have them of gold well enamelled in great round knobs, or after the manner of love-knots, or, otherwise, all massive, like great ingots, or if you had rather have them of ebony, of jacinth, or of grained gold, with the marks of fine turquoises, or of fair topazes, marked with fine sapphires, or of baleu rubies, with great marks of diamonds of eight and twenty squares?  No, no, all this is too little.  I know a fair bracelet of fine emeralds, marked with spotted ambergris, and at the buckle a Persian pearl as big as an orange.  It will not cost above five and twenty thousand ducats.  I will make you a present of it, for I have ready coin enough,—­and withal he made a noise with his counters, as if they had been French crowns.

Will you have a piece of velvet, either of the violet colour or of crimson dyed in grain, or a piece of broached or crimson satin?  Will you have chains, gold, tablets, rings?  You need no more but say, Yes; so far as fifty thousand ducats may reach, it is but as nothing to me.  By the virtue of which words he made the water come in her mouth; but she said unto him, No, I thank you, I will have nothing of you.  By G—­, said he, but I will have somewhat of you; yet shall it be that which shall cost you nothing, neither shall you have a jot the less when you have given it.  Hold! —­showing his long codpiece—­this is Master John Goodfellow, that asks for lodging!—­and with that would have embraced her; but she began to cry out, yet not very loud.  Then Panurge put off his counterfeit garb, changed his false visage, and said unto her, You will not then otherwise let me do a little?  A turd for you!  You do not deserve so much good, nor so much honour; but, by G—­, I will make the dogs ride you;—­and with this he ran away as fast as he could, for fear of blows, whereof he was naturally fearful.

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