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Chapter 44 How the Monk rid himself of his keepers, and how Picrochole'_orlorn hope was defeated

  • The monk, seeing them break off thus without order, conjectured that they wer_o set upon Gargantua and those that were with him, and was wonderfull_rieved that he could not succour them. Then considered he the countenance o_he two keepers in whose custody he was, who would have willingly run afte_he troops to get some booty and plunder, and were always looking towards th_alley unto which they were going. Farther, he syllogized, saying, These me_re but badly skilled in matters of war, for they have not required my parole,
  • neither have they taken my sword from me. Suddenly hereafter he drew hi_rackmard or horseman's sword, wherewith he gave the keeper which held him o_he right side such a sound slash that he cut clean through the jugulary vein_nd the sphagitid or transparent arteries of the neck, with the fore-part o_he throat called the gargareon, even unto the two adenes, which are throa_ernels; and, redoubling the blow, he opened the spinal marrow betwixt th_econd and third vertebrae. There fell down that keeper stark dead to th_round. Then the monk, reining his horse to the left, ran upon the other, who,
  • seeing his fellow dead, and the monk to have the advantage of him, cried wit_ loud voice, Ha, my lord prior, quarter; I yield, my lord prior, quarter;
  • quarter, my good friend, my lord prior. And the monk cried likewise, My lor_osterior, my friend, my lord posterior, you shall have it upon you_osteriorums. Ha, said the keeper, my lord prior, my minion, my gentle lor_rior, I pray God make you an abbot. By the habit, said the monk, which _ear, I will here make you a cardinal. What! do you use to pay ransoms t_eligious men? You shall therefore have by-and-by a red hat of my giving. An_he fellow cried, Ha, my lord prior, my lord prior, my lord abbot that shal_e, my lord cardinal, my lord all! Ha, ha, hes, no, my lord prior, my goo_ittle lord the prior, I yield, render and deliver myself up to you. And _eliver thee, said the monk, to all the devils in hell. Then at one stroke h_ut off his head, cutting his scalp upon the temple-bones, and lifting up i_he upper part of the skull the two triangulary bones called sincipital, o_he two bones bregmatis, together with the sagittal commissure or dartlik_eam which distinguisheth the right side of the head from the left, as also _reat part of the coronal or forehead bone, by which terrible blow likewise h_ut the two meninges or films which enwrap the brain, and made a deep wound i_he brain's two posterior ventricles, and the cranium or skull abode hangin_pon his shoulders by the skin of the pericranium behind, in form of _octor's bonnet, black without and red within. Thus fell he down also to th_round stark dead.
  • And presently the monk gave his horse the spur, and kept the way that th_nemy held, who had met with Gargantua and his companions in the broa_ighway, and were so diminished of their number for the enormous slaughte_hat Gargantua had made with his great tree amongst them, as also Gymnast,
  • Ponocrates, Eudemon, and the rest, that they began to retreat disorderly an_n great haste, as men altogether affrighted and troubled in both sense an_nderstanding, and as if they had seen the very proper species and form o_eath before their eyes; or rather, as when you see an ass with a brizze o_adbee under his tail, or fly that stings him, run hither and thither withou_eeping any path or way, throwing down his load to the ground, breaking hi_ridle and reins, and taking no breath nor rest, and no man can tell what ail_im, for they see not anything touch him. So fled these people destitute o_it, without knowing any cause of flying, only pursued by a panic terror whic_n their minds they had conceived. The monk, perceiving that their whol_ntent was to betake themselves to their heels, alighted from his horse an_ot upon a big large rock which was in the way, and with his great brackmar_word laid such load upon those runaways, and with main strength fetching _ompass with his arm without feigning or sparing, slew and overthrew so man_hat his sword broke in two pieces. Then thought he within himself that he ha_lain and killed sufficiently, and that the rest should escape to carry news.
  • Therefore he took up a battle-axe of those that lay there dead, and got upo_he rock again, passing his time to see the enemy thus flying and to tumbl_imself amongst the dead bodies, only that he suffered none to carry pike,
  • sword, lance, nor gun with him, and those who carried the pilgrims bound h_ade to alight, and gave their horses unto the said pilgrims, keeping the_here with him under the hedge, and also Touchfaucet, who was then hi_risoner.