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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:3816
AUTHOR:John Gay (1685–1732)
QUOTATION:So comes a reckoning when the banquet ’s o’er,—
The dreadful reckoning, and men smile no more. 1
ATTRIBUTION: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 d’heure de Rabelais,”—that is, Rabelais’s quarter of an hour, when a man is uneasy or melancholy.—Life of Rabelais (Bohn’s edition), p. 13. [back]
 

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