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''Pantagruel'' is also the title of the first volume of the novel sequence, although most modern editions of Rabelais's work place ''[[Pantagruel]]'' as the second volume of a series. It was published around [[1532]] under the pen name ''[[Alcofribas Nasier]]'', an anagram of ''François Rabelais''. ''Pantagruel'' was a sequel to an anonymous book entitled ''[[Les Grandes Chroniques du Grand et Enorme Géant Gargantua]].'' This early ''[[Gargantua]]'' text enjoyed great popularity, despite its rather poor construction. Rabelais's giants are not described as being of any fixed height, as in the first two books of [[Gulliver's Travels]], but vary in size from chapter to chapter to enable a series of astonishing images as though these were tall tales. For example, in one chapter Pantagruel is able to fit into a courtroom to argue a case but in another the narrator resides inside Pantagruel's mouth for 6 months and discovers an entire nation living around his teeth. ''Pantagruel'' is also the title of the first volume of the novel sequence, although most modern editions of Rabelais's work place ''[[Pantagruel]]'' as the second volume of a series. It was published around [[1532]] under the pen name ''[[Alcofribas Nasier]]'', an anagram of ''François Rabelais''. ''Pantagruel'' was a sequel to an anonymous book entitled ''[[Les Grandes Chroniques du Grand et Enorme Géant Gargantua]].'' This early ''[[Gargantua]]'' text enjoyed great popularity, despite its rather poor construction. Rabelais's giants are not described as being of any fixed height, as in the first two books of [[Gulliver's Travels]], but vary in size from chapter to chapter to enable a series of astonishing images as though these were tall tales. For example, in one chapter Pantagruel is able to fit into a courtroom to argue a case but in another the narrator resides inside Pantagruel's mouth for 6 months and discovers an entire nation living around his teeth.
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-== Table of contents== 
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-* [[The Author's Prologue]],[[prologue to Pantagruel]][http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Pantagruel/The_Author%27s_Prologue] 
-*[[/Chapter I|I.--Of the original and antiquity of the great Pantagruel]] 
-*[[/Chapter II|II.--Of the nativity of the most dread and redoubted Pantagruel]] 
-*[[/Chapter III|III.--Of the grief wherewith Gargantua was moved at the decease 
-of his wife Badebec]] 
-*[[/Chapter IV|IV.--Of the infancy of Pantagruel]] 
-*[[/Chapter V|V.--Of the acts of the noble Pantagruel in his youthful age]] 
-*[[/Chapter VI|VI.--How Pantagruel met with a Limousin, who too affectedly did 
-counterfeit the French language]] 
-*[[/Chapter VII|VII.--How Pantagruel came to Paris, and of the choice books of 
-the Library of St. Victor]] 
-*[[/Chapter VIII|VIII.--How Pantagruel, being at Paris, received letters from his 
-father Gargantua, and the copy of them]] 
-*[[/Chapter IX|IX.--How Pantagruel found Panurge, whom he loved all his lifetime]] 
-*[[/Chapter X|X.--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]] 
-*[[/Chapter XI|XI.--How the Lords of Kissbreech and Suckfist did plead before 
-Pantagruel without an attorney]] 
-*[[/Chapter XII|XII.--How the Lord of Suckfist pleaded before Pantagruel]] 
-*[[/Chapter XIII|XIII.--How Pantagruel gave judgment upon the difference of the 
-two lords]] 
-*[[/Chapter XIV|XIV.--How Panurge related the manner how he escaped out of the 
-hands of the Turks]] 
-*[[/Chapter XV|XV.--How Panurge showed a very new way to build the walls of 
-Paris]] 
-*[[/Chapter XVI|XVI.--Of the qualities and conditions of Panurge]] 
-*[[/Chapter XVII|XVII.--How Panurge gained the pardons, and married the old women, 
-and of the suit in law which he had at Paris]] 
-*[[/Chapter XVIII|XVIII.--How a great scholar of England would have argued against 
-Pantagruel, and was overcome by Panurge]] 
-*[[/Chapter XIX|XIX.--How Panurge put to a nonplus the Englishman that argued by 
-signs]] 
-*[[/Chapter XX|XX.--How Thaumast relateth the virtues and knowledge of Panurge]] 
-*[[/Chapter XXI|XXI.--How Panurge was in love with a lady of Paris]] 
-*[[/Chapter XXII|XXII.--How Panurge served a Parisian lady a trick that pleased 
-her not very well]] 
-*[[/Chapter XXIII|XXIII.--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]] 
-*[[/Chapter XXIV|XXIV.--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]] 
-*[[/Chapter XXV|XXV.--How Panurge, Carpalin, Eusthenes, and Epistemon, the 
-gentlemen attendants of Pantagruel, vanquished and discomfited six hundred 
-and threescore horsemen very cunningly]] 
-*[[/Chapter XXVI|XXVI.--How Pantagruel and his company were weary in eating still 
-salt meats; and how Carpalin went a-hunting to have some venison]] 
-*[[/Chapter XXVII|XXVII.--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]] 
-*[[/Chapter XXVIII|XXVIII.--How Pantagruel got the victory very strangely over the 
-Dipsodes and the Giants]] 
-*[[/Chapter XXIX|XXIX.--How Pantagruel discomfited the three hundred giants armed 
-with free-stone, and Loupgarou their captain]] 
-*[[/Chapter XXX|XXX.--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]] 
-*[[/Chapter XXXI|XXXI.--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]] 
-*[[/Chapter XXXII|XXXII.--How Pantagruel with his tongue covered a whole army, and 
-what the author saw in his mouth]] 
-*[[/Chapter XXXIII|XXXIII.--How Pantagruel became sick, and the manner how he was 
-recovered]] 
-*[[/Chapter XXXIV|XXXIV.--The conclusion of this present book, and the excuse of 
-the author]] 
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Pantagruel is the fictional hero of the first book of the novel sequence Gargantua and Pantagruel by François Rabelais published in 1532.

Pantagruel is also the title of the first volume of the novel sequence, although most modern editions of Rabelais's work place Pantagruel as the second volume of a series. It was published around 1532 under the pen name Alcofribas Nasier, an anagram of François Rabelais. Pantagruel was a sequel to an anonymous book entitled Les Grandes Chroniques du Grand et Enorme Géant Gargantua. This early Gargantua text enjoyed great popularity, despite its rather poor construction. Rabelais's giants are not described as being of any fixed height, as in the first two books of Gulliver's Travels, but vary in size from chapter to chapter to enable a series of astonishing images as though these were tall tales. For example, in one chapter Pantagruel is able to fit into a courtroom to argue a case but in another the narrator resides inside Pantagruel's mouth for 6 months and discovers an entire nation living around his teeth.



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