So comes a reckoning when the banquet s oer, The dreadful reckoning, and men smile no more.1
The What d ye call it. Act ii. Sc. 9.
Note 1. The time of paying a shot in a tavern among good fellows, or Pantagruelists, is still called in France a quart dheure de Rabelais,that is, Rabelaiss quarter of an hour, when a man is uneasy or melancholy.Life of Rabelais (Bohns edition), p. 13. [back]