Volltext: A history of caricature and grotesque in literature and art

and Art. 
feek intlruction there, and he proceeds thither mounted on an immenfe 
mare, which had been fent as a prefent by the king of Numidia-it muft 
be borne in mind that the royal race of Utopia were all giants. At 
Paris the populace aifembled tumultuoufly to gratify their curiofity in 
looking at this new fcholar; but Gargantua, beiides treating them in a 
very contemptuous manner, carried off the great bells of N otre Dame to 
fufpend at the neck of his mare. Great was the indignation caufed by 
this theft. " All the city was rifen up in fedition, they being, as you know, 
upon any flight occafxons, fo ready to uproars and infurreclions, that foreign 
nations wonder at the patience of the kings of France, who do not by 
good juilice rettrain them from fuch tumultuous courfes." The citizens 
take counfel, and refolve on fending one of the great orators of the 
univerfity, Matter Janotus de Bragmardo, to expottulate with Gargautua, 
and obtain the reiloration of the bells. The fpeech which this Worthy 
addreiles to Gargantua, in fulfilment of his million, is an amuting parody 
on the pedantic ftyle of Parifian oratory. The bells, however, are re- 
covered, and Gargantua, under ikilful inltruetors, purfues his ttudies with 
credit, until he is fuddenly called home by a letter from his father. In 
ma, Grandgontier was fuddenly involved in a war with his neighbour 
Picrocole, king of Lerne, caufed by a quarrel about cakes between fome 
cake-makers of Lerne and Grandgou{ier's ihepherds, in confequence of 
which iPicrocole had invaded the dominions of Grandgoufier, and was 
plundering and ravaging them. His warlike humour is {tirred up by the 
counlels of his three lieutenants, who perfuade him that he is going to 
become a great conqueror, and that they will make him matter of the 
whole world. It is not difficult to fee, in the circumflances of the time, 
the general aim of the fatire contained in the hiltory of this war. It ends 
in the entire defeat and difappearance of king Picrocole. A fenfual and 
jovial monk named brother Jean des Entommeurs, who has firilz chitin- 
guifhed himfelf by his prowefs and ftrength in defending his own abbey 
againft the invaders, contributes largely to the victory gained by Gargantua 
againtt his father's enemies, and Gargantua rewards him by founding for 
him that pleafant abbey of Tlieleme, a grand eilablifhment, Ilzored with 
everything which could contribute to terreftrial happinels, from which 


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