"I Feathered My Nest"

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Last Updated on May 8, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 164

Context: Panurge, the rascally beggar who knows thirty-three methods of acquiring money, "the most honest of which was filching," is once again in need of money. With the author accompanying him, he goes to the various churches of Paris to buy pardons, then he buys the author a drink, for his pockets are now bulging with money. He explains that he has helped himself from the collection plates because when the pardoners say, "Thou shalt have a hundred," they mean "have a hundred." Further, the pope has granted him a yearly pension, so he feels he should help himself. This proverb was later used by Pepys (Diary, June 7, 1662). Panurge recounts to the author how he feathered his nest:

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. . . Ho, my friend, said he, if thou didst know what advantage I made, and how well I feathered my nest, by the pope's bull of the crusade, thou wouldest wonder exceedingly. It was worth to me above six thousand florins; in English coin six hundred pounds. . . .

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