"I Drink No More Than A Sponge"

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Context: When the time for Gargantua's birth is near, his parents, Grangousier and Gargamelle, give a great feast for all their neighbors, at which, incidentally, Gargamelle, Gargantua's mother, eats too many tripes. After a prodigious amount of eating, the company dances on the green. When the dancing is over they all begin to drink, discussing such questions as "Which was first, thirst or drinking?" "What difference is there between a bottle and a flagon?" Then one of the merry-makers says:

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. . . Come, let us drink: will you send nothing to the river? Here is one going to wash the tripes, I drink no more than a sponge. I drink like a Templar Knight. . . ."

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