Afterwards, that he might be all his lifetime a good rider, they made to him _air great horse of wood, which he did make leap, curvet, jerk out behind, an_kip forward, all at a time: to pace, trot, rack, gallop, amble, to play th_obby, the hackney-gelding: go the gait of the camel, and of the wild ass. H_ade him also change his colour of hair, as the monks of Coultibo (accordin_o the variety of their holidays) use to do their clothes, from bay brown, t_orrel, dapple-grey, mouse-dun, deer-colour, roan, cow-colour, gingioline,
skewed colour, piebald, and the colour of the savage elk.
Himself of a huge big post made a hunting nag, and another for daily servic_f the beam of a vinepress: and of a great oak made up a mule, with _ootcloth, for his chamber. Besides this, he had ten or twelve spare horses,
and seven horses for post; and all these were lodged in his own chamber, clos_y his bedside. One day the Lord of Breadinbag (Painensac.) came to visit hi_ather in great bravery, and with a gallant train: and, at the same time, t_ee him came likewise the Duke of Freemeal (Francrepas.) and the Earl o_etgullet (Mouillevent.). The house truly for so many guests at once wa_omewhat narrow, but especially the stables; whereupon the steward an_arbinger of the said Lord Breadinbag, to know if there were any other empt_table in the house, came to Gargantua, a little young lad, and secretly aske_im where the stables of the great horses were, thinking that children woul_e ready to tell all. Then he led them up along the stairs of the castle,
passing by the second hall unto a broad great gallery, by which they entere_nto a large tower, and as they were going up at another pair of stairs, sai_he harbinger to the steward, This child deceives us, for the stables ar_ever on the top of the house. You may be mistaken, said the steward, for _now some places at Lyons, at the Basmette, at Chaisnon, and elsewhere, whic_ave their stables at the very tops of the houses: so it may be that behin_he house there is a way to come to this ascent. But I will question with hi_urther. Then said he to Gargantua, My pretty little boy, whither do you lea_s? To the stable, said he, of my great horses. We are almost come to it; w_ave but these stairs to go up at. Then leading them alongst another grea_all, he brought them into his chamber, and, opening the door, said unto them,
This is the stable you ask for; this is my jennet; this is my gelding; this i_y courser, and this is my hackney, and laid on them with a great lever. _ill bestow upon you, said he, this Friesland horse; I had him from Frankfort,
yet will I give him you; for he is a pretty little nag, and will go very well,
with a tessel of goshawks, half a dozen of spaniels, and a brace o_reyhounds: thus are you king of the hares and partridges for all this winter.
By St. John, said they, now we are paid, he hath gleeked us to some purpose,
bobbed we are now for ever. I deny it, said he,—he was not here above thre_ays. Judge you now, whether they had most cause, either to hide their head_or shame, or to laugh at the jest. As they were going down again thus amazed,
he asked them, Will you have a whimwham (Aubeliere.)? What is that, said they?
It is, said he, five turds to make you a muzzle. To-day, said the steward,
though we happen to be roasted, we shall not be burnt, for we are pretty wel_uipped and larded, in my opinion. O my jolly dapper boy, thou hast given us _udgeon; I hope to see thee Pope before I die. I think so, said he, myself;
and then shall you be a puppy, and this gentle popinjay a perfect papelard,
that is, dissembler. Well, well, said the harbinger. But, said Gargantua,
guess how many stitches there are in my mother's smock. Sixteen, quoth th_arbinger. You do not speak gospel, said Gargantua, for there is cent before,
and cent behind, and you did not reckon them ill, considering the two unde_oles. When? said the harbinger. Even then, said Gargantua, when they made _hovel of your nose to take up a quarter of dirt, and of your throat a funnel,
wherewith to put it into another vessel, because the bottom of the old one wa_ut. Cocksbod, said the steward, we have met with a prater. Farewell, maste_attler, God keep you, so goodly are the words which you come out with, and s_resh in your mouth, that it had need to be salted.
Thus going down in great haste, under the arch of the stairs they let fall th_reat lever, which he had put upon their backs; whereupon Gargantua said, Wha_ devil! you are, it seems, but bad horsemen, that suffer your bilder to fai_ou when you need him most. If you were to go from hence to Cahusac, whethe_ad you rather, ride on a gosling or lead a sow in a leash? I had rathe_rink, said the harbinger. With this they entered into the lower hall, wher_he company was, and relating to them this new story, they made them laug_ike a swarm of flies.