Gargantua and Pantagruel eBook

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for the coming of the abbot; so they fell to without ceremony, terms, or conditions; and everybody supped, unless it were some vain, conceited, dreaming dotard.  Hence was a supper called coena, which showeth that it is common to all sorts of people.  Thou knowest it well, Friar John.  Come, let us go, my dear friend, in the name of all the devils of the infernal regions, let us go.  The gnawings of my stomach in this rage of hunger are so tearing, that they make it bark like a mastiff.  Let us throw some bread and beef into his throat to pacify him, as once the sibyl did to Cerberus.  Thou likest best monastical brewis, the prime, the flower of the pot.  I am for the solid, principal verb that comes after —­the good brown loaf, always accompanied with a round slice of the nine-lecture-powdered labourer.  I know thy meaning, answered Friar John; this metaphor is extracted out of the claustral kettle.  The labourer is the ox that hath wrought and done the labour; after the fashion of nine lectures, that is to say, most exquisitely well and thoroughly boiled.  These holy religious fathers, by a certain cabalistic institution of the ancients, not written, but carefully by tradition conveyed from hand to hand, rising betimes to go to morning prayers, were wont to flourish that their matutinal devotion with some certain notable preambles before their entry into the church, viz., they dunged in the dungeries, pissed in the pisseries, spit in the spitteries, melodiously coughed in the cougheries, and doted in their dotaries, that to the divine service they might not bring anything that was unclean or foul.  These things thus done, they very zealously made their repair to the Holy Chapel, for so was in their canting language termed the convent kitchen, where they with no small earnestness had care that the beef-pot should be put on the crook for the breakfast of the religious brothers of our Lord and Saviour; and the fire they would kindle under the pot themselves.  Now, the matins consisting of nine lessons, (it) it was so incumbent on them, that must have risen the rather for the more expedite despatching of them all.  The sooner that they rose, the sharper was their appetite and the barkings of their stomachs, and the gnawings increased in the like proportion, and consequently made these godly men thrice more a-hungered and athirst than when their matins were hemmed over only with three lessons.  The more betimes they rose, by the said cabal, the sooner was the beef-pot put on; the longer that the beef was on the fire, the better it was boiled; the more it boiled, it was the tenderer; the tenderer that it was, the less it troubled the teeth, delighted more the palate, less charged the stomach, and nourished our good religious men the more substantially; which is the only end and prime intention of the first founders, as appears by this, that they eat not to live, but live to eat, and in this world have nothing but their life.  Let us go, Panurge.

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