Gargantua and Pantagruel Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Pantagruel: Introduction, Dixain, Prologue and Chapters 1-9 (p. 1-74)

• Pantagruel: Chapter One recalls the origin of the giant, Pantagruel, listing sixty generations of his genealogy.

• In Pantagruel: Chapter Two, Gargantua and Badebec give birth to Pantagruel, but Badebec dies in childbirth because her child is so large that he suffocates her.

• Pantagruel: Chapter Four tells of the terrible deeds of Pantagruel due to his large size while still in his cradle.

• In Pantagruel: Chapter Five, Pantagruel is sent to study at Poitiers where he sets a large boulder on four pillars in the middle of the field and finds the study of medicine to be too tedious.
• Pantagruel visits the University of Paris after finishing his studies at Orleans, and he stays for some time, studying the seven liberal arts.

• In Pantagruel: Chapter Nine, Pantagruel meets a man who speaks with a Germanic tongue named Panurge near Abbeye...

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