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The Holy Bottle, and also the priestess of the Holy Bottle, the oracle of Lantern-land consulted by Panurge on the momentous question whether or not he ought to marry. The Holy Bottle answered with a click like the noise made by a glass snapping. Bacbuc told Panurge the noise meant trinc (drink), and that was the response, the most direct and positive ever given by the oracle. Panurge might interpret it as he liked, the obscurity would always save the oracle.

So Pic or Glück (say I) or neither,

Or both, for aught I care, or either;

More undecided than Bacbuc,

Here’s heads for Pic, and tails for Glück.


E. C. B.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Babel
Babouc
Babouin
Baby Charles
Babylon
Babylonian Numbers
Babylonish Captivity
Babylonish Garment (A)
Baca
Bacbuc
Bacchanalia
Bacchanalian
Bacchant
Bacchante
Bacchis
Bacchus [wine]
Baccoch
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Bachelor of Salamanea (The)
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