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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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.   1
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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