(notes by Philip Holberton)
The riotous licence of his mirth has made Rabelais as many enemies as his wisdom has made him friends, yet his works remain the most astonishing treasury of wit, wisdom, commonsense and satire that the world has ever seen.Kipling greatly relished Rabelais, and writes, probably of him, in his parody of Milton in "When the Journey was intended to the City" in "The Muse among the Motors":
When that with meat and drink they had fulfilledBecause of “the riotous license of (Rabelais’) mirth”, the adjective 'Rabelaisian' has come to mean 'coarse' or 'indecent.' Kipling uses it to describe Apis in “The Bull that Thought” (Debits and Credits, p. 224, line 18):
Not temperately but like him conceived
In monstrous jest at Meudon, whose regale
Stands for exemplar of Gargantuan greed,
In his own name supreme, they issued forth..
With his truculence was mingled always – owing to the shortness of his tail – a certain Rabelaisian abandon, especially when viewed from the rear.[Verse 7] Clerk in the time of Rabelais someone in Holy Orders.