Rabelais by Sir Walter BesantRabelais by Sir Walter Besant


bySir Walter Besant

Paperback | May 9, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 Excerpt: ...with as keen a relish as if he were still a student, the tricks and pranks of his former life. It would be an excellent contribution to the many lost or unwritten chapters of fiction, were some one to reconstruct the earlier years of Panurge. We shall never PANUEGE. 99 know how or why he fell among the Turks; we might, indeed, from the subsequent development of his character, be led to conjecture that he had never left the limits of France at all, and invented the whole story to please the good-natured and wonder-loving prince who was to entertain him. It is not difficult to make such a reconstruction. Eliminate from the confessions of Villon those egarements in the direction of burglary, fraud, and pillage, which led that poet to misery and his companions to Montfaucon--preserve the poverty,-the recklessness, the makeshift-life, the debts, the carousing and singing, the wanderings in the heart of Paris, the chats with the market-women of the Halles, and the troop of comrades all subject to the same malady--"Lack of money is grief without its like." Then read the story of the struggles of those two poor scholars, Amyot and Guillaume Postel. See how a pauper managed to get learning: mark tho noble enthusiasm for learning. Graft upon the turbulence of Villon the ardour of Amyot,--and you have the history which Eabelais has withheld from us of Panurge's earlier years. Panurge, at the time of his introduction to Pantagruel, was of a middle stature, neither too great nor too little; his nose was slightly aquiline, made like the handle of a razor; he was about five-and-thirty years of age: a gallant and proper man in his carriage. He had sixty-three ways of finding money at need. Of these his favourite method was some way of secret thieving. "An ev...
Title:RabelaisFormat:PaperbackDimensions:56 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:May 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217745423

ISBN - 13:9780217745420