Chapter 7 After what manner Gargantua had his name given him, and how h_ippled, bibbed, and curried the can
The good man Grangousier, drinking and making merry with the rest, heard th_orrible noise which his son had made as he entered into the light of thi_orld, when he cried out, Some drink, some drink, some drink; whereupon h_aid in French, Que grand tu as et souple le gousier! that is to say, Ho_reat and nimble a throat thou hast. Which the company hearing, said tha_erily the child ought to be called Gargantua; because it was the first wor_hat after his birth his father had spoke, in imitation, and at the example o_he ancient Hebrews; whereunto he condescended, and his mother was very wel_leased therewith. In the meanwhile, to quiet the child, they gave him t_rink a tirelaregot, that is, till his throat was like to crack with it; the_as he carried to the font, and there baptized, according to the manner o_ood Christians.
Immediately thereafter were appointed for him seventeen thousand, nin_undred, and thirteen cows of the towns of Pautille and Brehemond, to furnis_im with milk in ordinary, for it was impossible to find a nurse sufficien_or him in all the country, considering the great quantity of milk that wa_equisite for his nourishment; although there were not wanting some doctors o_he opinion of Scotus, who affirmed that his own mother gave him suck, an_hat she could draw out of her breasts one thousand, four hundred, two pipes,
and nine pails of milk at every time.
Which indeed is not probable, and this point hath been found duggishl_candalous and offensive to tender ears, for that it savoured a little o_eresy. Thus was he handled for one year and ten months; after which time, b_he advice of physicians, they began to carry him, and then was made for him _ine little cart drawn with oxen, of the invention of Jan Denio, wherein the_ed him hither and thither with great joy; and he was worth the seeing, for h_as a fine boy, had a burly physiognomy, and almost ten chins. He cried ver_ittle, but beshit himself every hour: for, to speak truly of him, he wa_onderfully phlegmatic in his posteriors, both by reason of his natura_omplexion and the accidental disposition which had befallen him by his to_uch quaffing of the Septembral juice. Yet without a cause did not he sup on_rop; for if he happened to be vexed, angry, displeased, or sorry, if he di_ret, if he did weep, if he did cry, and what grievous quarter soever he kept,
in bringing him some drink, he would be instantly pacified, reseated in hi_wn temper, in a good humour again, and as still and quiet as ever. One of hi_overnesses told me (swearing by her fig), how he was so accustomed to thi_ind of way, that, at the sound of pints and flagons, he would on a sudde_all into an ecstasy, as if he had then tasted of the joys of paradise; s_hat they, upon consideration of this, his divine complexion, would ever_orning, to cheer him up, play with a knife upon the glasses, on the bottle_ith their stopples, and on the pottle-pots with their lids and covers, at th_ound whereof he became gay, did leap for joy, would loll and rock himself i_he cradle, then nod with his head, monochordizing with his fingers, an_arytonizing with his tail.