"Two Peas In A Pod"

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Last Updated on May 8, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 162

Context: Pantagruel, Panurge, and Friar John, on their voyage to consult the Oracle of the Holy Bottle, stop at Ringing Island. Here they learn that the inhabitants, the Citicines, have been changed into birds and are kept in cages. They are not surprised at this event, remembering other such metamorphoses in literature. The comparison to peas in a pod was used by John Lyly in Euphues, the Anatomy of Wit (1579), by Shakespeare in The Winter's Tale, Act I, sc. ii, l. 130, and by Cervantes in Don Quixote, Part II (1615), Book III, chapter 14, as well as by many other writers. Pantagruel and his friends when they view the caged creatures, are startled to see them:

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looking as like the men in my country as one pea does like another; for they ate and drank like men . . ., in short, had you seen and examined 'em from top to toe, you would have laid your head to a turnip that they had been mere men.

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