Last Updated on May 8, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 93
Context: Panurge, the friend of Pantagruel, is seeking advice from men of various professions on whether or not he should marry. After hearing all their arguments, he is still undecided. To Rondibilis, the physician who has been giving a lengthy, allegorical discourse on cuckoldry, Panurge gives the proverb which is widespread:
. . . Your words being translated from the Clapperdudgeons (beggars' slang) to plain English, do signify that it is not very inexpedient that I marry, and that I should not care for being a cuckold. You have there hit the nail on the head. . . .
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