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This masochism of gloomy calumniators is here a grotesque degradation of fear
and suffering , the two leading motives of medieval ideology . The image of
defecation from fear is a traditional debasement not of the coward only but of fear
One of the symptoms and mishaps of fear is that it usually opens the back door of
the rotunda where fecal guests await their turn to emerge . ( Book 4 , Chapter 67 )
Further , Rabelais tells the story of Pantolfe de la Cassina of Siena , who ...
In the sphere of imagery cosmic fear ( as any other fear ) is defeated by laughter .
... are often interwoven with images of a parallel struggle in the individual body
against the memories of an agonizing birth and the fear of the throes of death .
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ONE Rabelais in the History of Laughter
TWO The Language of the Marketplace in Rabelais
THREE PopularFestive Forms and Images in Rabelais
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