“Let vultures gripe thy guts.” (Merry Wives of Windsor act 1, sc. 3)
Tips for use. Excellent retort to an accusation or act or word of insolence when you do not immediately have an answer. Excellent comeback during a political debate. No doubt Pistol had in mind the myth of Prometheus, the Titan god of forethought and useful undertakings who, among other things, was given the task of moulding mankind out of clay. A pre-Marxist of sort, Prometheus took upon himself to improve the conditions of his newly-moulded creatures. At first he craftily removed the best meat portions of a sacrificial feast to the Gods and instead gave them to man. He had not yet discovered that vegetarianism is by far a better nutrition system than meat eating. Later Prometheus stole fire from heaven, hid it in a fennel stalk and delivered it to man. Now being very upset, Zeus, in revenge, created Pandora (the first woman) to deliver misfortune to man. Which shows that Zeus had repressed misogynous fantasies. In turn, Prometheus was arrested, chained on Mount Caucasus while an eagle fed constantly on his self-regenerating liver. Eventually Hercules released Prometheus from his confinement and his current abode is unknown.
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In the play. Falstaff has just left the scene and Pistol is unhappy
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