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How Pantagruel, being at Paris, received letters from his father Gargantua,and the copy of them.
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Moreover, the old hags are laughing

In the month of June, on Vesta's holiday, the very numerical day on whichBrutus, conquering Spain, taught its strutting dons to truckle under him,and that niggardly miser Crassus was routed and knocked on the head by theParthians, Pantagruel took his leave of the good Gargantua, his royalfather.

How Pantagruel received a letter from his father Gargantua, and of thestrange way to have speedy news from far distant places.
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To Gargantua, hisfather, he sent the tarand covered with a cloth of satin, brocaded withgold, and the tapestry containing the life and deeds of Achilles, with thethree unicorns in friezed cloth of gold trappings; and so they leftMedamothy--Malicorne to return to Gargantua, Pantagruel to proceed in hisvoyage, during which Epistemon read to him the books which the esquire hadbrought, and because he found them jovial and pleasant, I shall give you anaccount of them, if you earnestly desire it.

I must refer you to the great chronicle of Pantagruel for the knowledge ofthat genealogy and antiquity of race by which Gargantua is come unto us.
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This was the custom of the nobleGargantua and Pantagruel when they would have speedy news of something ofgreat concern; as the event of some battle, either by sea or land; thesurrendering or holding out of some strong place; the determination of somedifference of moment; the safe or unhappy delivery of some queen or greatlady; the death or recovery of their sick friends or allies, and so forth.

The Histories of Gargantua and Pantagruel, by Francois Rabelais, translated by John M
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Those voyages outreached flights of birds and far surpassed the scope of
feathered fowls, how swift soever they had been on the wing, and
notwithstanding that advantage which they have of us in swimming through
the air. Taproban hath the heaths of Lapland, and both the Javas and
Riphaean mountains; wide distant Phebol shall Theleme, and the
Islanders drink of the flood Euphrates. By it the chill-mouthed Boreas
hath surveyed the parched mansions of the torrid Auster, and Eurus visited
the regions which Zephyrus hath under his command; yea, in such sort have
interviews been made by the assistance of this sacred herb, that, maugre
longitudes and latitudes, and all the variations of the zones, the
Periaecian people, and Antoecian, Amphiscian, Heteroscian, and Periscian
had oft rendered and received mutual visits to and from other, upon all the
climates. These strange exploits bred such astonishment to the celestial
intelligences, to all the marine and terrestrial gods, that they were on a
sudden all afraid. From which amazement, when they how, by means of
this blest Pantagruelion, the Arctic people looked upon the Antarctic,
scoured the Atlantic Ocean, passed the tropics, pushed through the torrid
zone, measured all the zodiac, sported under the equinoctial, having both
poles level with their horizon, they judged it high time to call a council
for their own safety and preservation.

and the elements leave off their continual transmutations, ..

No sooner had Pantagruel entered in at the door of the great hall of the
castle, than that he encountered full butt with the honest Gargantua
coming forth from the council board, unto whom he made a succinct and
summary narrative of what had passed and occurred, worthy of his
observation, in his travels abroad, since their last interview; then,
acquainting him with the design he had in hand, besought him that it might
stand with his and to grant him leave to prosecute and go
through-stitch with the enterprise which he had undertaken. The man
Gargantua, having in one hand two great bundles of petitions endorsed and
answered, and in the other some remembrancing notes and bills, to put him
in of such other requests of supplicants, which, albeit presented, had
nevertheless been neither read nor , he gave both to Ulric Gallet, his
ancient and Master of Requests; then drew aside Pantagruel, and,
with a countenance more serene and jovial than customary, spoke to him
thus: I praise God, and have great reason so to do, my most dear son, that
he hath been to entertain in you a constant inclination to
actions. well content that the voyage which you have motioned to me
be by you accomplished, but withal I could wish you would have a and
to marry, for that I you are of competent years. Panurge in the
meanwhile was in a readiness of preparing and providing for remedies,
salves, and cures against all such lets, obstacles, and impediments as he
could in the height of his fancy conceive might by Gargantua be cast in the
way of their itinerary design. Is it your , most dear father, that
you speak? answered Pantagruel. For my part, I have not yet upon
it. In all this affair I wholly submit and in your liking and
paternal authority. For I shall rather pray unto God that he would throw
me down stark dead at your feet, in your , than that against your
I should be found married alive. I never yet that by any
law, whether sacred or profane, yea, amongst the rudest and most barbarous
nations in the world, it was allowed and approved of that children may be
suffered and tolerated to marry at their own and , without
the , advice, or consent asked and had thereto of their fathers,
mothers, and nearest kindred. All legislators, everywhere upon the face of
the whole earth, have taken away and removed this licentious liberty from
children, and totally reserved it to the discretion of the parents.