Gargantua and Pantagruel; Books 4-5, Tr. by Motteux

Gargantua and Pantagruel; Books 4-5, Tr. by Motteux

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ... 3. Many walk of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are Enemies of the Cross of Christ: whose End is Destruction, whose God is their Belly. Pantagruel compar'd them to the Cyclops Polyphemus, whom Euripides brings in speaking thus, I only Sacrifice to my self (not to the Gods) and to this Belly of mine, the greatest of all the Gods. CHAPTER LIX Of the ridiculous Statue Manduce; and how, and what the Gastrolaters sacrifice to their Ventripotent God. HILE we fed our Eyes with the sight of the Phyzzes and Actions of these lozelly Gulligutted Gastrolaters, we on a sudden heard the Sound of a Musical Instrument ca1rd a Bell, at which all of them plac'd themselves in Rank and File as for some mighty Battel, every one according to his Office, Degree and Seniority. In this Order, they mov'd towards Master Gaster, after a plump, young, lusty gorbellied Fellow, who on a long Staff LIX Of the ridiculous Statue Mmnduce. CHAPTER fairly gilt, carried a wooden Statue grosly carv'd, and as scurvily daub'd o'er with Paint, such a one as Plautus, Juvenal and Pomp. Festus describe it. At Lions during the Carnaval 'tis call'd Maschecrouste, or Gnaw-crust; they call'd this Manduce. It was a monstrous, ridiculous, hideous Figure, fit to fright little Children: Its Eyes were bigger than its Belly, and its Head larger than all the rest of its Body, well Mouth-cloven however, having a goodly Pair of wide, broad Jaws, lin'd with two Rows of Teeth, upper Teer and under Teer, which, by the Magic of a small Twine hid in the hollow part of the Golden Staff," were made to clash, clatter and rattle dreadfully one against another, as they do at Metz with St. Clement's Dragon. Coming near the Gastrolaters, I saw they were follow'd by a great...show more

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  • Paperback | 138 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 259g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236556666
  • 9781236556660