The more he yelled out curses against sausage, beef tongue, and ham, the more relief he felt.

From Montaigne Essais 1.4 – Comme l’Ame Descharge ses Passions sur des Objects Faux, Quand les Vrais Luy Defaillent (How the soul discharges its emotions against false objects when lacking real ones).

Un gentil-homme des nostres merveilleusement subject à la goutte, estant pressé par les medecins de laisser du tout l’usage des viandes salées, avoit accoustumé de respondre fort plaisamment, que sur les efforts et tourments du mal, il vouloit avoir à qui s’en prendre, et que s’escriant et maudissant tantost le cervelat, tantost la langue de boeuf et le jambon, il s’en sentoit d’autant allegé.


A gentleman of ours who is terribly subject to gout would answer his doctors quite amusingly when asked to give up salted meats entirely. He would say that he liked to have something to blame when tortured by the onslaughts of that illness: the more he yelled out curses against sausage, beef tongue, and ham, the more relief he felt.

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