In this chapter we shall exemplify four ways in which cucurbitic passages 'write themselves'.

The rule that cucurbits occur in connection with gluttons holds irrespective of genre or stylistic level. It is equally to be expected in a children's book (for example, one by Richard Scarry) as in the Historia Augusta . A perfect story of a glutton should have cucurbits as an element, and through some process of selection such stories often seem to acquire them.