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Chapter 46 How Grangousier did very kindly entertain Touchfaucet hi_risoner

  • Touchfaucet was presented unto Grangousier, and by him examined upon th_nterprise and attempt of Picrochole, what it was he could pretend to, or ai_t, by the rustling stir and tumultuary coil of this his sudden invasion.
  • Whereunto he answered, that his end and purpose was to conquer all th_ountry, if he could, for the injury done to his cake-bakers. It is too grea_n undertaking, said Grangousier; and, as the proverb is, He that grips to_uch, holds fast but little. The time is not now as formerly, to conquer th_ingdoms of our neighbour princes, and to build up our own greatness upon th_oss of our nearest Christian Brother. This imitation of the ancien_erculeses, Alexanders, Hannibals, Scipios, Caesars, and other such heroes, i_uite contrary to the profession of the gospel of Christ, by which we ar_ommanded to preserve, keep, rule, and govern every man his own country an_ands, and not in a hostile manner to invade others; and that which heretofor_he Barbars and Saracens called prowess and valour, we do now call robbing,
  • thievery, and wickedness. It would have been more commendable in him to hav_ontained himself within the bounds of his own territories, royally governin_hem, than to insult and domineer in mine, pillaging and plundering everywher_ike a most unmerciful enemy; for, by ruling his own with discretion, he migh_ave increased his greatness, but by robbing me he cannot escape destruction.
  • Go your ways in the name of God, prosecute good enterprises, show your kin_hat is amiss, and never counsel him with regard unto your own particula_rofit, for the public loss will swallow up the private benefit. As for you_ansom, I do freely remit it to you, and will that your arms and horse b_estored to you; so should good neighbours do, and ancient friends, seein_his our difference is not properly war. As Plato, Lib. 5 de Repub., would no_ave it called war, but sedition, when the Greeks took up arms against on_nother, and that therefore, when such combustions should arise amongst them,
  • his advice was to behave themselves in the managing of them with al_iscretion and modesty. Although you call it war, it is but superficial; i_ntereth not into the closet and inmost cabinet of our hearts. For neither o_s hath been wronged in his honour, nor is there any question betwixt us i_he main, but only how to redress, by the bye, some petty faults committed b_ur men,—I mean, both yours and ours, which, although you knew, you ought t_et pass; for these quarrelsome persons deserve rather to be contemned tha_entioned, especially seeing I offered them satisfaction according to th_rong. God shall be the just judge of our variances, whom I beseech by deat_ather to take me out of this life, and to permit my goods to perish and b_estroyed before mine eyes, than that by me or mine he should in any sort b_ronged. These words uttered, he called the monk, and before them all thu_poke unto him, Friar John, my good friend, it is you that took prisoner th_aptain Touchfaucet here present? Sir, said the monk, seeing himself is here,
  • and that he is of the years of discretion, I had rather you should know it b_is confession than by any words of mine. Then said Touchfaucet, My sovereig_ord it is he indeed that took me, and I do therefore most freely yield mysel_is prisoner. Have you put him to any ransom? said Grangousier to the monk.
  • No, said the monk, of that I take no care. How much would you have for havin_aken him? Nothing, nothing, said the monk; I am not swayed by that, nor do _egard it. Then Grangousier commanded that, in presence of Touchfaucet, shoul_e delivered to the monk for taking him the sum of three score and tw_housand saluts (in English money, fifteen thousand and five hundred pounds),
  • which was done, whilst they made a collation or little banquet to the sai_ouchfaucet, of whom Grangousier asked if he would stay with him, or if h_oved rather to return to his king. Touchfaucet answered that he was conten_o take whatever course he would advise him to. Then, said Grangousier, retur_nto your king, and God be with you.
  • Then he gave him an excellent sword of a Vienne blade, with a golden scabbar_rought with vine-branch-like flourishes, of fair goldsmith's work, and _ollar or neck-chain of gold, weighing seven hundred and two thousand marks
  • (at eight ounces each), garnished with precious stones of the finest sort,
  • esteemed at a hundred and sixty thousand ducats, and ten thousand crowns more,
  • as an honourable donative, by way of present.
  • After this talk Touchfaucet got to his horse, and Gargantua for his safet_llowed him the guard of thirty men-at-arms and six score archers to atten_im, under the conduct of Gymnast, to bring him even unto the gate of the roc_lermond, if there were need. As soon as he was gone, the monk restored unt_rangousier the three score and two thousand saluts which he had received,
  • saying, Sir, it is not as yet the time for you to give such gifts; stay til_his war be at an end, for none can tell what accidents may occur, and wa_egun without good provision of money beforehand for going through with it, i_ut as a breathing of strength, and blast that will quickly pass away. Coin i_he sinews of war. Well then, said Grangousier, at the end I will content yo_y some honest recompense, as also all those who shall do me good service.