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Gargantua and Pantagruel eBook

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The enemies, after that they were awaked, seeing on one side the fire in the camp, and on the other the inundation of the urinal deluge, could not tell what to say nor what to think.  Some said that it was the end of the world and the final judgment, which ought to be by fire.  Others again thought that the sea-gods, Neptune, Proteus, Triton, and the rest of them, did persecute them, for that indeed they found it to be like sea-water and salt.

O who were able now condignly to relate how Pantagruel did demean himself against the three hundred giants!  O my Muse, my Calliope, my Thalia, inspire me at this time, restore unto me my spirits; for this is the logical bridge of asses!  Here is the pitfall, here is the difficulty, to have ability enough to express the horrible battle that was fought.  Ah, would to God that I had now a bottle of the best wine that ever those drank who shall read this so veridical history!

Chapter 2.XXIX.

How Pantagruel discomfited the three hundred giants armed with free-stone, and Loupgarou their captain.

The giants, seeing all their camp drowned, carried away their king Anarchus upon their backs as well as they could out of the fort, as Aeneas did to his father Anchises, in the time of the conflagration of Troy.  When Panurge perceived them, he said to Pantagruel, Sir, yonder are the giants coming forth against you; lay on them with your mast gallantly, like an old fencer; for now is the time that you must show yourself a brave man and an honest.  And for our part we will not fail you.  I myself will kill to you a good many boldly enough; for why, David killed Goliath very easily; and then this great lecher, Eusthenes, who is stronger than four oxen, will not spare himself.  Be of good courage, therefore, and valiant; charge amongst them with point and edge, and by all manner of means.  Well, said Pantagruel, of courage I have more than for fifty francs, but let us be wise, for Hercules first never undertook against two.  That is well cacked, well scummered, said Panurge; do you compare yourself with Hercules?  You have, by G—­, more strength in your teeth, and more scent in your bum, than ever Hercules had in all his body and soul.  So much is a man worth as he esteems himself.  Whilst they spake those words, behold!  Loupgarou was come with all his giants, who, seeing Pantagruel in a manner alone, was carried away with temerity and presumption, for hopes that he had to kill the good man.  Whereupon he said to his companions the giants, You wenchers of the low country, by Mahoom! if any of you undertake to fight against these men here, I will put you cruelly to death.  It is my will that you let me fight single.  In the meantime you shall have good sport to look upon us.

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