However, the eucharistic banquets that frame these episodes restore a sense of optimism and perhaps provide symbolically the telos of the Holy Bottle
whose mythical site the travellers fail to reach.
Panurge persuades Pantagruel and friends to join him on a voyage to the Oracle of the Holy Bottle in Cathay for an answer.
In a fifth book, Le Cinquieme Livre (1564; of doubtful authenticity), the band arrives at the temple of the Holy Bottle, where the oracle answers Panurge with a single word: "Drink!"
Finally, he decides to consult the Oracle of the Holy Bottle to find the answer to his question.
Bacbuc, the priestess who conducts Panurge to the Oracle of the Holy Bottle and translates the Oracle's message for him.
When all the advice he received proved contradictory, Panurge prevailed on Pantagruel and Friar John to set out with him to consult the Oracle of the Holy Bottle. From Saint Malo, the party sailed in twelve ships for the Holy Bottle, located in Upper India.
Panurge then persuades Pantagruel and his friends to embark on a voyage to the Oracle of the Holy Bottle for the answer.
Le Quart Livre (Book IV, 1552), which relates the departure for the Holy Bottle in Cathay, reflects the keen interests of the period in the great voyages of discovery.
At last Pantagruel and his friends arrive at the temple of the Holy Bottle, where the oracle answers Panurge 's question by a single word, " Drink!
" There the Pontiff Bacbue (Heb, " bottle " ) leads Panurge unto a side chapel, where the Holy Bottle
is sitting in the middle of a fountain.