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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Trouil’logan’s Advice.
 
Do and do not; yes and no. When Pantag’-ruel asked the philosopher Trouillogan whether Panurge should marry or not, the philosopher replied “Yes.” “What say you?” asked the prince. “What you have heard,” answered Trouillogan. “What have I heard,” said Pantagruel. “What I have spoken,” rejoined the sage. “Good,” said the prince; “but tell me plainly, shall Panurge marry or let it alone?” “Neither,” answered the oracle. “How?” said the prince; “that cannot be.” “Then both,” said Trouillogan. (Rabelais: Gargantua and Pantagruel, iii. 35.)   1
 


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