Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book II

François RABELAIS (1494 - 1553), translated by Sir Thomas URQUHART OF CROMARTY (1611 - c. 1660) and Peter Antony MOTTEUX (1663 - 1718)

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. (Summary by Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Action & Adventure Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 For the Reader and Author's Prologue Martin Geeson
Play 01 Of the original and antiquity of the great Pantagruel Martin Geeson
Play 02 Of the nativity of the most dread and redoubted Pantagruel Kalynda
Play 03 Of the grief wherewith Gargantua was moved at the decease of his wife Badebec Kalynda
Play 04 Of the infancy of Pantagruel Kalynda
Play 05 Of the acts of the noble Pantagruel in his youthful age Martin Geeson
Play 06 How Pantagruel met with a Limousin, who too affectedly did counterfeit the French language Martin Geeson
Play 07 How Pantagruel came to Paris, and of the choice books of the Library of St. Victor Martin Geeson
Play 08 How Pantagruel, being at Paris, received letters from his father Gargantua, and the copy of them Martin Geeson
Play 09 How Pantagruel found Panurge, whom he loved all his lifetime Martin Geeson
Play 10 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 Martin Geeson
Play 11 How the Lords of Kissbreech and Suckfist did plead before Pantagruel without an attorney Martin Geeson
Play 12 How the Lord of Suckfist pleaded before Pantagruel Martin Geeson
Play 13 How Pantagruel gave judgment upon the difference of the two lords Martin Geeson
Play 14 How Panurge related the manner how he escaped out of the hands of the Turks Martin Geeson
Play 15 How Panurge showed a very new way to build the walls of Paris Martin Geeson
Play 16 Of the qualities and conditions of Panurge Keri Ford
Play 17 How Panurge gained the pardons, and married the old women, and of the suit in law which he had at Paris Keri Ford
Play 18 How a great scholar of England would have argued against Pantagruel, and was overcome by Panurge Bob Gonzalez
Play 19 How Panurge put to a nonplus the Englishman that argued by signs Kalynda
Play 20 How Thaumast relateth the virtues and knowledge of Panurge Kalynda
Play 21 How Panurge was in love with a lady of Paris Kalynda
Play 22 How Panurge served a Parisian lady a trick that pleased her not very well Kalynda
Play 23 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 Kalynda
Play 24 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 Kalynda
Play 25 How Panurge, Carpalin, Eusthenes, and Epistemon, the gentlemen attendants of Pantagruel, vanquished and discomfited six hundred and threescore horsemen very cunningly Martin Geeson
Play 26 How Pantagruel and his company were weary in eating still salt meats; and how Carpalin went a-hunting to have some venison Martin Geeson
Play 27 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 Martin Geeson
Play 28 How Pantagruel got the victory very strangely over the Dipsodes and the Giants Martin Geeson
Play 29 How Pantagruel discomfited the three hundred giants armed with free-stone, and Loupgarou their captain Martin Geeson
Play 30 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 Martin Geeson
Play 31 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 April Gonzales
Play 32 How Pantagruel with his tongue covered a whole army, and what the author saw in his mouth Martin Geeson
Play 33 How Pantagruel became sick, and the manner how he was recovered Richard Carpenter
Play 34 The conclusion of this present book, and the excuse of the author Martin Geeson