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Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book II

François Rabelais (1494-1553)

1. For the Reader and Author's Prologue
2. Of the original and antiquity of the great Pantagruel
3. Of the nativity of the most dread and redoubted Pantagruel
4. Of the grief wherewith Gargantua was moved at the decease of his wife Badebec
5. Of the infancy of Pantagruel
6. Of the acts of the noble Pantagruel in his youthful age
7. How Pantagruel met with a Limousin, who too affectedly did counterfeit the French language
8. How Pantagruel came to Paris, and of the choice books of the Library of St. Victor
9. How Pantagruel, being at Paris, received letters from his father Gargantua, and the copy of them
10. How Pantagruel found Panurge, whom he loved all his lifetime
11. How Pantagruel judged so equitably of a controversy, which was wonderfully obscure and difficult, that, by reason of his just decree therein, he was reputed to have a most admirable judgment
12. How the Lords of Kissbreech and Suckfist did plead before Pantagruel without an attorney
13. How the Lord of Suckfist pleaded before Pantagruel
14. How Pantagruel gave judgment upon the difference of the two lords
15. How Panurge related the manner how he escaped out of the hands of the Turks
16. How Panurge showed a very new way to build the walls of Paris
17. Of the qualities and conditions of Panurge
18. How Panurge gained the pardons, and married the old women, and of the suit in law which he had at Paris
19. How a great scholar of England would have argued against Pantagruel, and was overcome by Panurge
20. How Panurge put to a nonplus the Englishman that argued by signs
21. How Thaumast relateth the virtues and knowledge of Panurge
22. How Panurge was in love with a lady of Paris
23. How Panurge served a Parisian lady a trick that pleased her not very well
24. How Pantagruel departed from Paris, hearing news that the Dipsodes had invaded the land of the Amaurots; and the cause wherefore the leagues are so short in France
25. A letter which a messenger brought to Pantagruel from a lady of Paris, together with the exposition of a posy written in a gold ring
26. How Panurge, Carpalin, Eusthenes, and Epistemon, the gentlemen attendants of Pantagruel, vanquished and discomfited six hundred and threescore horsemen very cunningly
27. How Pantagruel and his company were weary in eating still salt meats; and how Carpalin went a-hunting to have some venison
28. How Pantagruel set up one trophy in memorial of their valour, and Panurge another in remembrance of the hares. How Pantagruel likewise with his farts begat little men, and with his fisgs little women; and how Panurge broke a great staff over two glasses
29. How Pantagruel got the victory very strangely over the Dipsodes and the Giants
30. How Pantagruel discomfited the three hundred giants armed with free-stone, and Loupgarou their captain
31. How Epistemon, who had his head cut off, was finely healed by Panurge, and of the news which he brought from the devils, and of the damned people in hell
32. How Pantagruel entered into the city of the Amaurots, and how Panurge married King Anarchus to an old lantern-carrying hag, and made him a crier of green sauce
33. How Pantagruel with his tongue covered a whole army, and what the author saw in his mouth
34. How Pantagruel became sick, and the manner how he was recovered
35. The conclusion of this present book, and the excuse of the author

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    The Life of Gargantua and of Pantagruel (in French, La vie de Gargantua et de Pantagruel) is a connected series of five novels written in the 16th century by François Rabelais. It is the story of two giants, a father (Gargantua) and his son (Pantagruel) and their adventures, written in an amusing, extravagant, satirical vein. There is much crudity and scatological humor as well as a large amount of violence. Long lists of vulgar insults fill several chapters.