Monday, November 7, 2011

François Rabelais

It's amazing the things you run across while researching a novel. . .well, to be fair, I run across. . .such as:

François Rabelais

"Readers, friends, if you turn these pages
 Put your prejudice aside,
 For, really, there's nothing here that's outrageous,
 Nothing sick, or bad — or contagious.
 Not that I sit here glowing with pride
 For my book: all you'll find is laughter:
 That's all the glory my heart is after,
 Seeing how sorrow eats you, defeats you.
 I'd rather write about laughing than crying,
 For laughter makes men human, and courageous.


. . . François Rabelais

and from our good friends at Urban Dictionary :

"These two did oftentimes do the two-backed beast together, joyfully rubbing and frotting their bacon 'gainst one another, in so far, that at last she became great with child of a fair son, and went with him unto the eleventh month; for so long, yea longer, may a woman carry her great belly, especially when it is some masterpiece of nature, and a person predestinated to the performance, in his due time, of great exploits."

François Rabelais (c. 1494 - 1553)

"Gargantua and Pantagruel"

. . .and so begins the day. . .

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