Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book I

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): Myths, Legends & Fairy Tales, General Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Poems and Prologue Martin Geeson
Play 01 Chapter 1.I.—Of the Genealogy and Antiquity of Gargantua Martin Geeson
Play 02 Chapter 1.II.—-The Antidoted Fanfreluches: or, a Galimatia of extravagant Conceits found in an ancient Monument Martin Geeson
Play 03 Chapter 1.III.—How Gargantua was carried eleven months in his mother's belly Martin Geeson
Play 04 Chapter 1.IV.—-How Gargamelle, being great with Gargantua, did eat a huge deal of tripes Examinfo
Play 05 Chapter 1.V.—The Discourse of the Drinkers Examinfo
Play 06 Chapter 1.VI.—How Gargantua was born in a strange manner Examinfo
Play 07 Chapter 1.VII.—After what manner Gargantua had his name given him, and how he tippled, bibbed, and curried the can undergroundrailroad
Play 08 Chapter 1.VIII.—How they apparelled Gargantua undergroundrailroad
Play 09 Chapter 1.IX.—The colours and liveries of Gargantua madmouth
Play 10 Chapter 1.X.—Of that which is signified by the colours white and blue Kalynda
Play 11 Chapter 1.XI.—Of the youthful age of Gargantua Kalynda
Play 12 Chapter 1.XII.—Of Gargantua's wooden horses Kalynda
Play 13 Chapter 1.XIII.—How Gargantua's wonderful understanding became known to his father Grangousier, by the invention of a torchecul or wipebreech Martin Geeson
Play 14 Chapter 1.XIV.—How Gargantua was taught Latin by a Sophister Mario Pineda
Play 15 Chapter 1.XV.—How Gargantua was put under other schoolmasters Mario Pineda
Play 16 Chapter 1.XVI.—How Gargantua was sent to Paris, and of the huge great mare that he rode on; how she destroyed the oxflies of the Beauce Mario Pineda
Play 17 Chapter 1.XVII.—How Gargantua paid his welcome to the Parisians, and how he took away the great bells of Our Lady's Church Martin Geeson
Play 18 Chapter 1.XVIII.—How Janotus de Bragmardo was sent to Gargantua to recover the great bells Martin Geeson
Play 19 Chapter 1.XIX.—The oration of Master Janotus de Bragmardo for recovery of the bells Martin Geeson
Play 20 Chapter 1.XX.—How the Sophister carried away his cloth, and how he had a suit in law against the other masters Martin Geeson
Play 21 Chapter 1.XXI.—The study of Gargantua, according to the discipline of his schoolmasters the Sophisters Richard Wallis
Play 22 Chapter 1.XXII.—The games of Gargantua Richard Wallis
Play 23 Chapter 1.XXIII.—How Gargantua was instructed by Ponocrates, and in such sort disciplinated, that he lost not one hour of the day Richard Wallis
Play 24 Chapter 1.XXIV.—How Gargantua spent his time in rainy weather Humer
Play 25 Chapter 1.XXV.—How there was great strife and debate raised betwixt the cake-bakers of Lerne, and those of Gargantua's country, whereupon were waged great wars Nadine Eckert-Boulet
Play 26 Chapter 1.XXVI.—How the inhabitants of Lerne, by the commandment of Picrochole their king, assaulted the shepherds of Gargantua unexpectedly and on a sudden Nadine Eckert-Boulet
Play 27 Chapter 1.XXVII.—How a monk of Seville saved the close of the abbey from being ransacked by the enemy Examinfo
Play 28 Chapter 1.XXVIII.—How Picrochole stormed and took by assault the rock Clermond, and of Grangousier's unwillingness and aversion from the undertaking of war Examinfo
Play 29 Chapter 1.XXIX.—The tenour of the letter which Grangousier wrote to his son Gargantua Examinfo
Play 30 Chapter 1.XXX.—How Ulric Gallet was sent unto Picrochole Examinfo
Play 31 Chapter 1.XXXI.—The speech made by Gallet to Picrochole Martin Geeson
Play 32 Chapter 1.XXXII.—How Grangousier, to buy peace, caused the cakes to be restored Martin Geeson
Play 33 Chapter 1.XXXIII.—How some statesmen of Picrochole, by hairbrained counsel, put him in extreme danger Martin Geeson
Play 34 Chapter 1.XXXIV.—How Gargantua left the city of Paris to succour his country, and how Gymnast encountered with the enemy Nadine Eckert-Boulet
Play 35 Chapter 1.XXXV.—How Gymnast very souply and cunningly killed Captain Tripet and others of Picrochole's men Nadine Eckert-Boulet
Play 36 Chapter 1.XXXVI.—How Gargantua demolished the castle at the ford of Vede, and how they passed the ford Nadine Eckert-Boulet
Play 37 Chapter 1.XXXVII.—How Gargantua, in combing his head, made the great cannon-balls fall out of his hair Jessamy Gloor
Play 38 Chapter 1.XXXVIII.—How Gargantua did eat up six pilgrims in a salad Daniel Watkins
Play 39 Chapter 1.XXXIX.—How the Monk was feasted by Gargantua, and of the jovial discourse they had at supper Martin Geeson
Play 40 Chapter 1.XL.—Why monks are the outcasts of the world; and wherefore some have bigger noses than others Kalynda
Play 41 Chapter 1.XLI.—How the Monk made Gargantua sleep, and of his hours and breviaries Kalynda
Play 42 Chapter 1.XLII.—How the Monk encouraged his fellow-champions, and how he hanged upon a tree Kalynda
Play 43 Chapter 1.XLIII.—How the scouts and fore-party of Picrochole were met with by Gargantua, and how the Monk slew Captain Drawforth (Tirevant.), and then was taken prisoner by his enemies Chris Caron
Play 44 Chapter 1.XLIV.—How the Monk rid himself of his keepers, and how Picrochole's forlorn hope was defeated Mark Penfold
Play 45 Chapter 1.XLV.—How the Monk carried along with him the Pilgrims, and of the good words that Grangousier gave them mevans
Play 46 Chapter 1.XLVI.—How Grangousier did very kindly entertain Touchfaucet his prisoner Mark Penfold
Play 47 Chapter 1.XLVII.—How Grangousier sent for his legions, and how Touchfaucet slew Rashcalf, and was afterwards executed by the command of Picrochole Mark Penfold
Play 48 Chapter 1.XLVIII.—How Gargantua set upon Picrochole within the rock Clermond, and utterly defeated the army of the said Picrochole Martin Geeson
Play 49 Chapter 1.XLIX.—How Picrochole in his flight fell into great misfortunes, and what Gargantua did after the battle Ezwa
Play 50 Chapter 1.L.—Gargantua's speech to the vanquished Martin Geeson
Play 51 Chapter 1.LI.—How the victorious Gargantuists were recompensed after the battle Ezwa
Play 52 Chapter 1.LII.—How Gargantua caused to be built for the Monk the Abbey of Theleme Martin Geeson
Play 53 Chapter 1.LIII.—How the abbey of the Thelemites was built and endowed Martin Geeson
Play 54 Chapter 1.LIV.—The inscription set upon the great gate of Theleme Martin Geeson
Play 55 Chapter 1.LV.—What manner of dwelling the Thelemites had Martin Geeson
Play 56 Chapter 1.LVI.—How the men and women of the religious order of Theleme were apparelled Martin Geeson
Play 57 Chapter 1.LVII.—How the Thelemites were governed, and of their manner of living Martin Geeson
Play 58 Chapter 1.LVIII.—A prophetical Riddle Alan Davis Drake (1945-2010)