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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.