GULLIVER'S TRAVELS

INTO SEVERAL REMOTE REGIONS OF THE WORLD
BY

JONATHAN SWIFT, D.D.

Edited With Introduction And Notes By Thomas M. Balliet Superintendent Of Schools, Springfield, Mass.

WITH OVER NINETY ILLUSTRATIONS AND MAPS

Gulliver’s Travels

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They cannot comprehend the occasion which provoked the book nor appreciate the satire which underlies the narrative. Gulliver's Travels was published in 1726. and can be read with profit by the child of ten and by the young man or woman of mature years. some archaisms changed. and.Gulliver’s Travels PREFACE And lo! the book. For young children the book combines in a measure the interest of Robinson Crusoe and that of the fairy tale. LORD LYTTON. It appeals. therefore.com 6|Page . although it was by no means intended for them. As a reading book in school which must be adapted to the average mind. and the matter appeals strongly to the childish imagination. A harmless wonder to some happy child. This edition is practically a reprint of the original (1726-27). these stories will be found suitable for classes from the fifth or sixth school year to the highest grade of the grammar school. For more mature boys and girls and for adults the interest is found chiefly in the keen satire which underlies the narrative. and some foot-notes have been added explaining obsolete words and obscure expressions. who have ever since continued to regard it as one of the most delightful of their story books. and the paragraphs have been made more frequent. And there is a meaning and a moral in the stories of the Voyages to Lilliput and Brobdingnag which is entirely apart from the political satire they are intended to convey. the narrative is simple. the book was soon appropriated by the children. a meaning and a moral which the youngest child who can read it will not fail to seize. from all its end beguiled. its style is objective. The punctuation and capitalization have been modernized.mygullivertravels. BALLIET. A few passages have been omitted which would offend modern ears and are unsuitable for children's reading. and wander full of open-eyed astonishment into the new worlds through which the vivid and logically accurate imagination of the author so personally conducts them. THOMAS M. but they delight in the wonderful adventures. and upon which it is scarcely necessary for the teacher to comment. to a very wide range of intelligence and taste. www.

after the manner of travellers. Although Mr. growing weary of the concourse of curious people coming to him at his house in Redriff. with a convenient house. where he now lives retired. yet I have heard him say his family came from Oxfordshire. Gulliver. and the only fault I find is.Gulliver’s Travels THE FIRST PUBLISHER TO THE READER.[1] made a small purchase of land. Mr. I alone am answerable for them. However. but I was resolved to fit the work as much as possible to the general capacity of readers. Mr. indeed. several tombs and monuments of the Gullivers. when any one affirmed a thing. as well as to the variations and bearings in the several voyages. the author was so distinguished for his veracity. This volume would have been at least twice as large if I had not made bold to strike out innumerable passages relating to the winds and tides. a better entertainment than the common scribbles about politics and party. By the advice of several worthy persons. to confirm which.com 7|Page . www. his native county.mygullivertravels. near Newark. in the style of sailors. that it became a sort of proverb among his neighbors at Redriff. with the liberty to dispose of them as I should think fit. The style is very plain and simple. in Nottinghamshire. hoping they may be. I communicated these papers. Before he quitted Redriff he left the custody of the following papers in my hands. About three years ago. where his father dwelt. wherein I have reason to apprehend that Mr. together with the minute description of the management of the ship in the storms. Gulliver had spoken it. I will be ready to gratify him. is my ancient and intimate friend. is a little too circumstantial. The author of these travels. I now venture to send them into the world. I have observed in the churchyard at Banbury. and if any traveller hath a curiosity to see the whole work at large. There is an air of truth apparent through the whole. at least for some time. and. Gulliver was born in Nottinghamshire. As for any farther particulars relating to the author. to say it was as true as if Mr. Gulliver may be a little dissatisfied. I have carefully perused them three times. yet in good esteem among his neighbors. likewise the account of longitudes and latitudes. Lemuel Gulliver. that the author. as it came from the hand of the author. to whom. RICHARD SYMPSON. in that county. with the author's permission. the reader will receive satisfaction from the first pages of the book. if my own ignorance in sea affairs shall have led me to commit some mistakes. there is likewise some relation between us on the mother's side.

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commander. Mary Burton.[3] and some other parts. Soon after my return from Leyden. Bates. encouraged me. to be surgeon to the "Swallow. being advised to alter my condition. and made several voyages. GETS SAFE ASHORE IN THE COUNTRY OF LILLIPUT.A VOYAGE TO LILLIPUT CHAPTER I. some time or other.com 9|Page . When I left Mr. I was the third of five sons. my master. and my uncle John and some other relations. where. AND SWIMS FOR HIS LIFE. although I had a very scanty allowance. and my father now and then sending me small sums of money. an eminent surgeon in London. to which Mr. where I resided three years. for six years. therefore. with whom I received four hundred pounds for a portion. consulted with my wife. I married Mrs. HE IS SHIPWRECKED. my business began to fail. I got forty pounds. I determined to go again to sea. and other parts of the mathematics useful to those who intend to travel. I went down to my father. When I came back I resolved to settle in London. but the charge of maintaining me. There I studied physic two years and seven months. I was surgeon successively in two ships. dying in two years after. hosier in Newgate Street." Captain Abraham Pannell. making a voyage or two into the Levant. AND CARRIED UP THE COUNTRY. Having. and some of my acquaintance. and. to maintain me at Leyden. with whom I continued three years and a half. with whom I continued four years. But my good master. Mr. IS MADE A PRISONER. I was bound apprentice to Mr. My father had a small estate in Nottinghamshire. by the assistance of him. I was recommended by my good master.mygullivertravels. I laid them out in learning navigation. Bates. and applied myself close to my studies. as I always believed it would be. THE AUTHOR GIVES SOME ACCOUNT OF HIMSELF AND FAMILY: HIS FIRST INDUCEMENTS TO TRAVEL. Edmund Burton. Bates. and by him I was recommended to several patients. being too great for a narrow fortune. knowing it would be useful in long voyages. to the East and www. and I having few friends. I took part of a small house in the Old Jewry.Gulliver’s Travels PART I . James Bates.[4] second daughter to Mr. for my conscience would not suffer me to imitate the bad practice of too many among my brethren.[2] and a promise of thirty pounds a year. Bates. my fortune to do. He sent me to Emmanuel College in Cambridge at fourteen years old.

and. we found ourselves in the latitude of 30 degrees and 2 minutes south. which was the beginning of summer in those parts. the rest were in a very weak condition. Twelve of our crew were dead by immoderate labor and ill food.Gulliver’s Travels West Indies. It would not be proper. After three years' expectation that things would mend. and our voyage at first was very prosperous. The last of these voyages not proving very fortunate. by which I got some addition to my fortune. but it would not turn to account. On the fifth of November. the seamen spied a rock within half a cable's length of the www. wherein I had a great facility." who was making a voyage to the South Sea.[5] We set sail from Bristol. master of the "Antelope. 1699. for some reasons. to trouble the reader with the particulars of our adventures in those seas. being always provided with a good number of books. as well as learning their language. I grew weary of the sea. and intended to stay at home with my wife and family. that. I removed from the Old Jewry to Fetter Lane. by the strength of my memory. My hours of leisure I spent in reading the best authors. I accepted an advantageous offer from Captain William Prichard.com 10 | P a g e . the weather being very hazy. hoping to get business among the sailors. May 4.mygullivertravels.[6] By an observation. to the northwest of Van Diemen's Land. and from thence to Wapping. Let it suffice to inform him. in observing the manners and dispositions of the people. in our passage from thence to the East Indies. ancient and modern. we were driven by a violent storm. when I was ashore.

they soon returned. when. In the meantime I felt at least forty more of the same kind (as I conjectured) following the first. who ventured so far as to get a full sight of my face. Six of the crew. being already spent with labor. which I conjectured was about eight o'clock in the evening. having let down the boat into the sea. I felt something alive moving on my left leg. in the posture I lay. that we were driven directly upon it.Gulliver’s Travels ship. or were left in the vessel. I found my arms and legs were strongly fastened on each side to the ground. as I reckoned. not six inches high. cried out in a shrill. I was extremely tired. but. I lay down on the grass. I found myself much inclined to sleep. I could only look upwards. and a quiver at his back.mygullivertravels. and some of them. and my hair. In a little time. when I was almost gone. as well as those who escaped on the rock. and able to struggle no longer. while we were in the ship. and the light offended my eyes. made a shift to get clear of the ship and the rock. What became of my companions in the boat. and immediately split. I often let my legs drop. in about half an hour. as I was afterwards told. I was in the utmost astonishment. but distinct voice—Hekinah www. I swam as fortune directed me. and. lifting up his hands and eyes by way of admiration. for. I perceived it to be a human creature. I was in so weak a condition. therefore. where I slept sounder than ever I remembered to have done in my life. which was very short and soft. I attempted to rise. came almost up to my chin.com 11 | P a g e . but conclude they were all lost. were hurt with the falls they got by leaping from my sides upon the ground. The declivity was so small that I walked near a mile before I got to the shore. and. However. I cannot tell. about nine hours. We rowed. when I awaked. which was long and thick. at least. but could not discover any sign of houses or inhabitants. about three leagues. and one of them. advancing gently forward over my breast. and roared so loud that they all ran back in a fright. and was pushed forward by wind and tide. the boat was overset by a sudden flurry from the north. but was not able to stir: for as I happened to lie on my back. by my computation. I heard a confused noise about me. but. For my own part. by this time. and about half a pint of brandy that I drank as I left the ship. and with that. and. that I did not observe them. We.[7] but the wind was so strong. tied down in the same manner. and could feel no bottom. I then advanced forward near half a mile. from my arm-pits to my thighs. could see nothing except the sky. till we were able to work no longer. bending my eyes downward. of whom I was one. the storm was much abated. the sun began to grow hot. and the heat of the weather. trusted ourselves to the mercy of the waves. it was just daylight. I found myself within my depth. with a bow and arrow in his hands. I likewise felt several slender ligatures across my body. as much as I could. which.

with a violent pull. and. as we do bombs in Europe. for by lifting it up to my face. at the same time. in an instant. which pricked me like so many needles. and wrench out the pegs. in great uneasiness.com 12 | P a g e . whereupon there was a great shout in a very shrill accent. I heard one of them cry aloud. so that I was just able to turn my head about two inches. fell on my body (though I felt them not). before I could seize them. I felt above an hundred arrows discharged on my left hand. but I then knew not what they meant. which gave me excessive pain. www.Gulliver’s Travels degul! the others repeated the same words several times. besides. I discovered the methods they had taken to bind me. Tolgo phonac. and after it ceased. "I LAY ALL THIS WHILE IN GREAT UNEASINESS" I lay all this while. struggling to get loose. as the reader may believe. I a little loosened the strings that tied down my hair on the left side. which I immediately covered with my left hand. whereof many. But the creatures ran off a second time. I had the fortune to break the strings. when.mygullivertravels. At length. and. I suppose. that fastened my left arm to the ground. they shot another flight into the air. and some on my face.

like that of people at work.com 13 | P a g e . I could easily free myself. capable of holding four of the inhabitants. and seemed to be www. and the former. I fell a-groaning with grief and pain.Gulliver’s Travels When this shower of arrows was over. turning my head that way. and then striving again to get loose. which gave me the liberty of turning it to the right. and of observing the person and gesture of him that was to speak. with two or three ladders to mount it. But fortune disposed otherwise of me. and explained to me). When the people observed I was quiet. my left hand being already loose. and about four yards from me. and taller than any of the other three who attended him. as well as the pegs and strings would permit me. Whereupon immediately about fifty of the inhabitants came and cut the strings that fastened the left side of my head. they discharged another volley larger than the first. whereof one was a page that held up his train. and as for the inhabitants. but by good luck I had on me a buff jerkin. about a foot and a half from the ground. over against my right ear. Langro debul san (these words. I had reason to believe I might be a match for the greatest army they could bring against me. I knew their numbers increased. But I should have mentioned. he cried out three times. I saw a stage erected. I heard a knocking for above an hour. when. were afterwards repeated. I thought it the most prudent method to lie still. and some of them attempted with spears to stick me in the sides.mygullivertravels.[8] which they could not pierce. made me a long speech. if they were all of the same size with him that I saw. by the noise I heard. from whence one of them. when. and my design was to continue so till night. that before the principal person began his oration. who seemed to be a person of quality. whereof I understood not one syllable. He appeared to be of a middle age. they discharged no more arrows: but.

com 14 | P a g e . to support him. then rolled it towards my hand. and walked towards my mouth. but in the most submissive manner. several times. and. while they were passing backwards and forwards on my body. They supplied me as they could. laden with baskets full of meat. one of their largest hogsheads. I now considered myself as bound. which I might well do. When I had performed these wonders. I ate them by two or three at a mouthful. they slung up with great dexterity.Gulliver’s Travels somewhat longer than my middle finger. but could not distinguish them by the taste. I found the demands of nature so strong upon me. on which above a hundred of the inhabitants mounted. upon the first intelligence he received of me. and being a most ingenious people. I confess. They made me a sign. and both my eyes. and I could observe many periods of threatenings. and very well dressed. I observed there was the flesh of several animals. as I afterwards learned) understood me very well. Besides. having not eaten a morsel for some hours before I left the ship. lifting up my left hand. but much more delicious. that I could not forbear showing my impatience (perhaps against the strict rules of decency) by putting my finger frequently to my mouth. legs. But the remembrance of what I had felt. but smaller than the wings of a lark. They brought me a second hogshead. and the promise of honor I made them—for so I interpreted my submissive behavior—soon drove out those imaginations.mygullivertravels. and dash them against the ground. being almost famished with hunger. and tasted like a small[9] wine of Burgundy. and loins. and commanded that several ladders should be applied to my sides. to a people who had www. There were shoulders. there was an universal shout of Hekinah degul. as they did at first. and took three loaves at a time. that I should throw down the two hogsheads. I answered in a few words. as calling him for a witness: and. and beat out the top: I drank it off at a draught. but first warning the people below to stand out of the way. shaped like those of mutton. and others of promises. Borach nevola. pity. about the bigness of musket bullets. when they saw the vessels in the air. I then made another sign that I wanted drink. which had been provided and sent thither by the king's orders. They found by my eating that a small quantity would not suffice me. but they had none to give me. He acted every part of an orator. which I drank in the same manner. The hurgo (for so they call a great lord. by the laws of hospitality. He descended from the stage. I was often tempted. Hekinah degul. and danced upon my breast. for it did not hold half a pint. they shouted for joy. showing a thousand marks of wonder and astonishment at my bulk and appetite. the other two stood one on each side. crying aloud. which probably might not be the worst they could do. and made signs for more. to signify that I wanted food. to the sun. to seize forty or fifty of the first that came in my reach. and kindness. repeating.

as I afterwards found. without any signs of anger. spoke about ten minutes.[10] which he applied close to my eyes. Whereupon I once more thought of attempting to break my bonds. and held his hand in a posture to show that I must be carried as a prisoner. I answered in few words. in my thoughts I could not sufficiently wonder at the intrepidity of these diminutive mortals. he made other signs. having mounted on the small of my right leg. when they observed that I made no more demands for meat. "PRODUCING HIS CREDENTIALS. likewise. However. with about a dozen of his retinue: and. His excellency. there appeared before me a person of high rank from his imperial majesty. It appeared that he understood me well enough. as I must appear to them. which.mygullivertravels. but again. who durst venture to mount and walk upon my body. that the number of my enemies increased. when I felt the smart of their arrows upon my face and hands. and observing. was towards the capital city. to signify that I desired my liberty. often pointing forwards. which were all in blisters. but with a kind of determinate resolution. while one of my hands was at liberty. to let me understand that I should have meat and drink enough. and very good treatment.com 15 | P a g e . for fear of hurting him or his train) and then to my own head and body. I gave www. about half a mile distant. and many of the darts still sticking in them." After some time.Gulliver’s Travels treated me with so much expense and magnificence. without trembling at the very sight of so prodigious a creature. for he shook his head by way of disapprobation. producing his credentials under the signetroyal. and made a sign with my hand that was loose. advanced forwards up to my face. However. putting it to the other (but over his excellency's head. but to no purpose. whither it was agreed by his majesty in council that I must be conveyed.

as I lay. Eighty poles. with frequent repetitions of the words. while I was asleep. that I was able to turn upon my right. which the workmen had girt round my neck. set out in four hours after my landing. that plenty of meat and drink should be sent to me. and to get a little ease. by an express. and I felt great numbers of people on my left side. and determined in council. These people are most excellent mathematicians. and has them carried on these engines three or four hundred yards to the sea. and a machine prepared to carry me to the capital city. which were very nourishing. moving upon twenty-two wheels. raised three inches from the ground. about seven feet long and four wide. and other great weights. to prepare the greatest engine they had. and my legs. He often builds his largest men of war. were erected for this purpose. Nine hundred www. of the bigness of packthread. upon the first moment I was discovered sleeping on the ground after my landing. the emperor had early notice of it. as to have enabled me to break the strings wherewith I was tied. who is a renowned patron of learning. before this. for the physicians. by the countenance and encouragement of the emperor. which. with much civility. But.mygullivertravels. But the principal difficulty was. my hands. were fastened by hooks to many bandages. had mingled a sleepy potion in the hogsheads of wine. as they were not able to make resistance.Gulliver’s Travels tokens to let them know. on the like occasion. to raise and place me in this vehicle. Soon after. Five hundred carpenters and engineers were immediately set to work. after which. Upon this the hurgo and his train withdrew. and very strong cords. I heard a general shout. Peplom selan. in my opinion. may appear very bold and dangerous. in the woods where the timber grows. and arrived to a great perfection in mechanics. my body. These circumstances. added to the refreshment I had received by their victuals and drink. removed all the smart of their arrows. disposed me to sleep. for. It was a frame of wood. relaxing the cords to such a degree. and cheerful countenances. The shout I heard was upon the arrival of this engine. and it was no wonder. it seems. It was brought parallel to me. by the emperor's order. The prince hath several machines fixed on wheels for the carriage of trees. while I slept). as I was afterwards assured. and I am confident would not be imitated by any prince in Europe. This resolution. However. I slept about eight hours. that they might do with me what they pleased. that I should be tied in the manner I have related (which was done in the night. which. so they could expect no mercy. it was extremely prudent. they had daubed my face and both my hands with a sort of ointment very pleasant to the smell.com 16 | P a g e . I should certainly have awaked with the first sense of smart. as well as generous. each of one foot high. whereof some are nine feet long. perhaps. supposing these people had endeavored to kill me with their spears and arrows. It seems that. in a few minutes. which might so far have roused my rage and strength.

which. in less than three hours. for. All this I was told. for. by a very ridiculous accident. were employed to draw me towards the metropolis.com 17 | P a g e . was half a mile distant. I awaked. and thus.mygullivertravels. I lay in a profound sleep. while the whole operation was performing. the carriage being stopt a while.Gulliver’s Travels of the strongest men were employed to draw up these cords by many pulleys fastened on the poles. Fifteen hundred of the emperor's largest horses. About four hours after we began our journey. to adjust something that was out of www. I was raised and slung into the engine. as I said. and tied fast. each about four inches and a half high. by the force of that soporiferous medicine infused into my liquor.

and almost as large. and all the ornaments and furniture carried away. and arrived within two hundred yards of the city gates about noon. which. We made a long march the remaining part of the day.com 18 | P a g e . two or three of the young natives had the curiosity to see how I looked. which were locked to my left leg with six-and-thirty padlocks. fronting to the north. In this edifice it was determined I should lodge. there stood an ancient temple. if I should offer to stir. was about four feet high. we continued our march. and therefore had been applied to common use. and all his court. when I was asleep.Gulliver’s Travels order. At the place where the carriage stopt. which tickled my nose like a straw. On each side of the gate was a small window. looked upon as profane. into that on the left side the king's smith conveyed four score and eleven chains. and made me sneeze violently. but his great officers would by no means suffer his majesty to endanger his person. and almost two feet wide. through which I could easily creep. www. put the sharp end of his half-pike[11] a good way up into my left nostril. The emperor. at sunrise. ready to shoot me. The great gate. not above six inches from the ground. and advancing very softly to my face. like those that hang to a lady's watch in Europe. The next morning. according to the zeal of those people. an officer in the guards. and rested at night with five hundred guards on each side of me. was. and half with bows and arrows. half with torches.mygullivertravels. esteemed to be the largest in the whole kingdom. one of them. and it was three weeks before I knew the cause of my awaking so suddenly. by mounting on my body. whereupon they stole off. came out to meet us. They climbed up into the engine. unperceived. having been polluted some years before by an unnatural murder.

to have an opportunity of viewing me. LEARNED MEN APPOINTED TO TEACH THE AUTHOR THEIR LANGUAGE. But the noise and astonishment of the people. with as melancholy a disposition as ever I had in my life.com 19 | P a g e . there was a turret at least five feet high. for I could not see them. are not to be expressed. The chains that held my left leg were about two yards long. HIS POCKETS ARE SEARCHED.Gulliver’s Travels Over against this temple. upon pain of death. THE EMPEROR'S PERSON AND HABIT DESCRIBED. HE GAINS FAVOR BY HIS MILD DISPOSITION. But a proclamation was soon issued. to forbid it. It was reckoned that above an hundred thousand inhabitants came out of the town upon the same errand. who mounted my body. at several times. AND HIS SWORD AND PISTOLS TAKEN FROM HIM. CHAPTER II. Here the emperor ascended. and gave me not only the liberty of walking backwards and forwards in a semicircle. with many principal lords of his court. THE EMPEROR OF LILLIPUT. but.mygullivertravels. as I was told. being fixed within four inches of the gate. www. they cut all the strings that bound me. at seeing me rise and walk. COMES TO SEE THE AUTHOR IN HIS CONFINEMENT. and lie at my full length in the temple. by the help of ladders. I believe there could not be fewer than ten thousand. whereupon I rose up. When the workmen found it was impossible for me to break loose. and. ATTENDED BY SEVERAL OF THE NOBILITY. allowed me to creep in. in spite of my guards. at twenty feet distance. on the other side of the great highway.

than any of his court.[13] but upon the accident that happened to the emperor's horse. and came near his person.mygullivertravels. which were generally forty feet square. I have had him since many times in my hand. they alighted. while his majesty had time to dismount. and advancing on horseback towards me. till I could reach them. The empress and young princes of the blood of both sexes. who were already prepared.com 20 | P a g e . He was then past his prime. I took these vehicles. which appeared as if a mountain moved before him. which alone is enough to strike an awe into the beholders. and therefore cannot be deceived in the description. www. and the enclosed fields. and he stood but three yards off. by almost the breadth of my nail. till his attendants ran in and held the bridle. and must confess I never beheld a more entertaining prospect. I viewed the town on my left hand. with an Austrian lip and arched nose. and his deportment majestic. He ordered his cooks and butlers. reared up on his hind feet. of which he had reigned about seven in great felicity. as I could judge. I lay on my side. twenty of them were filled with meat. However. his complexion olive. to give me victuals and drink.Gulliver’s Travels When I found myself on my feet. but kept without the length of my chain. I looked about me. and soon emptied them all. attended by many ladies. which had like to have cost him dear.[12] and the tallest trees. being twenty-eight years and three-quarters old. When he alighted. so that my face was parallel to his. kept his seat. who is an excellent horseman. appeared to be seven feet high. each afforded me two or three good mouthfuls. resembled so many beds of flowers. appeared like a continued garden. The emperor was already descended from the tower. his countenance erect. which looked like the painted scene of a city in a theatre. and generally victorious. for the beast. These fields were intermingled with woods of half a stang. his body and limbs well proportioned. He is taller. yet wholly unused to such a sight. But that prince. though very well trained. he surveyed me round with great admiration. The country around. For the better convenience of beholding him. which they pushed forward in a sort of vehicles upon wheels. all his motions graceful. sat at some distance in their chairs. which I am now going to describe. His features are strong and masculine.

and I spoke to them in as many languages as I had the least smattering of. which were. and some of them had the impudence to shoot their arrows at me. His voice was shrill. and a plume an the crest. which some of his soldiers accordingly did. but he had on his head a light helmet of gold. the hilt and scabbard were gold. After about two hours the court retired. and probably the malice of the rabble. if I should happen to break loose. enriched with diamonds. who were commanded to address themselves to me. and I returned answers. put five of them into my coat-pocket. and as to the sixth. The ladies and courtiers were all most magnificently clad. Latin. and the colonel and his officers were in much pain. pushing them forwards with the butt-ends of their pikes into my reach. adorned with jewels. and I could distinctly hear it. whereof one very narrowly missed my left eye.[14] He held his sword drawn in his hand. High and Low Dutch. to prevent the impertinence. but I soon put them out of fear. and Lingua Franca. The poor man squalled terribly. looking mildly. when I stood up.Gulliver’s Travels His dress was very plain and simple. There were several of his priests and lawyers present (as I conjectured by their habits). but neither of us could understand a syllable. I took them all on my right hand. I made a countenance as if I would eat him alive. His imperial majesty spoke often to me. French. But the colonel ordered six of the ring-leaders to be seized. Italian.com 21 | P a g e .[15] but all to no purpose. but very clear and articulate. who were very impatient to crowd about me as near as they durst. as I sat on the ground by the door of my house. and immediately cutting the strings he www. especially when they saw me take out my penknife. for. it was almost three inches long. Spanish. and the fashion of it between the Asiatic and the European. to defend himself.mygullivertravels. embroidered with figures of gold and silver. and I was left with a strong guard. and thought no punishment so proper as to deliver them bound into my hands. so that the spot they stood upon seemed to resemble a petticoat spread on the ground.

and I observed both the soldiers and people were highly delighted at this mark of my clemency. however. during which time the emperor gave orders to have a bed prepared for me. I set him gently on the ground. and these were four double. I got with some difficulty into my house. Towards night. I treated the rest in the same manner. kept me but very indifferently from the hardness of the floor. which.Gulliver’s Travels was bound with.com 22 | P a g e . and away he ran. which was of smooth stone. an hundred and fifty of their beds. where I lay on the ground. sewn together. made up the breadth and length. By the same computation. Six hundred beds. blankets. of the common measure.mygullivertravels. taking them one by one out of my pocket. which was represented very much to my advantage at court. were brought in carriages and worked up in my house. they provided me with sheets. and www. and continued to do so about a fortnight.

Gulliver’s Travels coverlets. and lastly. together with a proportionable quantity of bread and wine. and those of the nobility and troops of guards. or at least to shoot me in the face and hands with poisoned arrows. it brought prodigious numbers of rich. raising any subsidies upon his subjects. forty sheep. and great neglect of tillage and household affairs must have ensued. and probably spread through the whole kingdom. to accustom themselves to me.mygullivertravels. who had board-wages allowed for their maintenance. should be frequently exercised in my sight. which would soon despatch me: but again they considered that the stench of so large a carcase might produce a plague in the metropolis. to be my domestics. He directed that those who had already beheld me should return home. during which time the emperor frequently www. For this prince lives chiefly upon his own demesnes. so that the villages were almost emptied. that my diet would be very expensive. against this inconvenience. who are bound to attend him in his wars at their own expense. seldom. It was likewise ordered that three hundred tailors should make me a suit of clothes. and I was afterwards assured by a particular friend. that six of his majesty's greatest scholars should be employed to instruct me in their language. who was as much in the secret as any. and tents built for them very conveniently on each side of my door. In the meantime. by several proclamations and orders of state. that the emperor's horses. and the whole board. whereby the secretaries of state got considerable fees. idle. for the due payment of which his majesty gave assignments upon his treasury. obliging all the villages nine hundred yards round the city to deliver in. the emperor held frequent councils. All these orders were duly put in execution. that the court was under many difficulties concerning me. six beeves. and in about three weeks I made a great progress in learning their language. except upon great occasions. and might cause a famine. which were tolerable enough for one who had been so long inured to hardships as I. every morning. As the news of my arrival spread through the kingdom. after the fashion of the country. gave an account of my behavior to the six criminals above-mentioned. a person of great quality. in my behalf. and other victuals. which made so favorable an impression in the breast of his majesty. that an imperial commission was issued out. and curious people to see me. for my sustenance. An establishment was also made of six hundred persons.com 23 | P a g e . and two of them being admitted. to debate what course should be taken with me. and other liquors. They apprehended my breaking loose. if his imperial majesty had not provided. several officers of the army went to the door of the great council-chamber. and not presume to come within fifty yards of my house without license from court. In the midst of these consultations. Sometimes they determined to starve me.

for probably I might carry about me several weapons which must needs be dangerous things. except my two fobs[16] and another secret pocket. that this must be a work of time. that whatever they took from me should be returned when I left the country. and in the other a small quantity of gold in a purse. and that first I must lumos kelmin pesso desmar lon emposo.Gulliver’s Travels honored me with his visits. put them first into my coat-pockets. part in words. I said his majesty should be satisfied. that I should be used with all kindness. We began already to converse together in some sort. that he had so good an opinion of my generosity and justice. that is. His answer. by my patience and discreet behavior.mygullivertravels. In one of my fobs there was a silver watch. which I every day repeated on my knees. for I was ready to strip myself and turn up my pockets before him. if they answered the bulk of so prodigious a person. was. as to trust their persons in my hands. and the first words I learnt were to express my desire that he would please give me my liberty. the good opinion of himself and his subjects. This I delivered. that by the laws of the kingdom. wherein I had some little necessaries that were of no consequence to any but myself.com 24 | P a g e . if he gave orders to certain proper officers to search me. and part in signs He replied. www. that he knew this could not be done without my consent and assistance. and he advised me to acquire. or paid for at the rate which I should set upon them. and was pleased to assist my masters in teaching me. I must be searched by two of his officers. and then into every other pocket about me. I took up the two officers in my hands. swear a peace with him and his kingdom. He desired I would not take it ill. which I had no mind should be searched. not to be thought on without the advice of his council. as I could apprehend it. However.

made an exact inventory of everything they saw. and is word for word as follows:— Imprimis.[17] In the right coat-pocket of the great man-mountain (for so I interpret the words quinbus flestrin).com 25 | P a g e . desired I would set them down. and paper about them. ink. we found only one great piece of www.mygullivertravels. that they might deliver it to the emperor.Gulliver’s Travels "THESE GENTLEMEN MADE AN EXACT INVENTORY OF EVERYTHING THEY SAW. after the strictest search. when they had done. This inventory I afterwards translated into English. and." These gentlemen having pen.

another engine of the same kind. and told us that in his own country his practice was to shave his beard with one of these. with a wonderful kind of engine at the bottom. which we know not what to make of. which appeared to be a globe. In the left. In the left pocket. of different bulk. which made an incessant noise. about the bigness of three men. every letter almost half as large as the palm of our hands. We directed him to draw out whatever was at the end of that chain. Within each of these was enclosed a prodigious plate of steel. large enough to be a foot-cloth for your majesty's chief room of state. like that of a water-mill. we saw a hollow pillar of iron. because he assured us (if we understood him right. He called it his oracle. but we are more inclined to the latter opinion. larger than the pillar. and said it pointed out the time for every action of his life. In the smaller pocket on the right side were several round flat pieces of white and red metal. and half of some transparent metal. because we apprehended they might be dangerous engines. we saw a huge silver chest. found himself up to the mid-leg in a sort of dust. cut into strange figures.[18] He put this engine to our ears. which. we obliged him to show us. and one of us stepping into it. which we the searchers were not able to lift. In the left pocket. and we conjecture it is either some unknown animal. were so large and so heavy.com 26 | P a g e . we could not without difficulty reach the top of them. from the back of which were extended twenty long poles.mygullivertravels. He took them out of their cases. some part whereof flying up to our faces. set us both a sneezing for several times together. resembling the palisadoes before your majesty's court. for on the transparent side we saw certain strange figures. In the large pocket on the right side of his middle cover (so I translate the word ranfu-lo. We desired it should be opened. by which they meant my breeches). but at the upper end of the other. as we stood at the bottom of his pocket. and seemed all of a piece. tied with a strong cable. with a cover of the same metal. were two black pillars irregularly shaped. half silver. about the length of a man. but contrived to open and www.Gulliver’s Travels coarse cloth. From the left fob he took out a net almost large enough for a fisherman. There were two pockets which we could not enter: these he called his fobs. In his right waistcoat pocket we found a prodigious number of white thin substances folded one over another. and marked with black figures. Out of the right fob hung a great silver chain. for he expressed himself very imperfectly). about twice the bigness of our heads. In the left pocket. for we did not always trouble him with questions. by our orders. wherewith we conjecture the man-mountain combs his head. One of them was covered. there was a sort of engine. which we humbly conceive to be writings. and to cut his meat with the other. some of the white. and upon one side of the pillar were huge pieces of iron sticking out. because we found it a great difficulty to make him understand us. or the god that he worships. there appeared a white and round substance. that he seldom did anything without consulting it. that my comrade and I could hardly lift them. and thought we could touch them till we found our fingers stopped by that lucid substance. which seemed to be silver. circularly drawn. fastened to a strong piece of timber.

but I did not observe it. the other cell contained a heap of certain black grains. we observed a girdle about his waist. for mine eyes were wholly fixed upon his majesty. I drew it out. for the sun shone clear. to deliver up the several particulars. by which he meant my pocket-pistols. and immediately all the troops gave a shout between terror and surprise. although it had got some rust by the sea-water. he directed me. from which. was in most parts exceedingly bright. His majesty. He then desired me to draw my scimitar. he ordered three thousand of his choicest troops (who then attended him) to surround me at a distance. and cast it on the ground as gently as I could. on the fourth day of the eighty-ninth moon of your majesty's auspicious reign. which. scabbard and all. for we could hold about fifty of them in the palms of our hands. a bag or pouch. which.Gulliver’s Travels shut like a purse. must be of immense value. MARSI FRELOC. about six feet from the end of my chain. Having thus. in obedience to your majesty's commands. In the meantime. which I took out. The next thing he demanded was one of the hollow iron pillars. which. I did so. Signed and sealed. he ordered me to return it into the scabbard. each cell capable of holding three of your majesty's subjects. but of no great bulk or weight. as well as I could. and charging it only with powder. or balls. and served him for the same use. In one of these cells were several globes. by the closeness of my pouch. we found therein several massy pieces of yellow metal. as I waved the scimitar to and fro in my hand. who used us with great civility and due respect to your majesty's commission”. on the left side. happened to escape wetting in the sea (an inconvenience against which all prudent www. CLEFRIN FRELOC.mygullivertravels. divided into two cells. who is a most magnanimous prince. When this inventory was read over to the emperor. with their bows and arrows just ready to discharge. was less daunted than I could expect. of a most ponderous metal. and at his desire.com 27 | P a g e . hung a sword of the length of five men. and the reflection dazzled their eyes. about the bigness of our heads. and on the right. diligently searched all his pockets. if they be real gold. made of the hide of some prodigious animal. although in very gentle terms. “This is an exact inventory of what we found about the body of the man-mountain. He first called for my scimitar. expressed to him the use of it. and required a strong hand to lift them.

in the same manner as I had done my scimitar. I could not very perfectly understand them. He was amazed at the continual noise it made and the motion of the minute-hand. He asked the opinions of his learned men about it. my knife and razor. I likewise delivered up my watch. as draymen in England do a barrel of ale. and even the emperor. for it would kindle with the smallest spark. which were various and remote. which the emperor was very curious to see. as the reader may well imagine without my repeating. and some smaller ones. www. and pouch were conveyed in carriages to his majesty's stores. my handkerchief and journal-book.mygullivertravels.Gulliver’s Travels mariners take special care to provide). and commanded two of his tallest yeomen of the guards[19] to bear it on a pole upon their shoulders. for their sight is much more acute than ours. but the rest of my goods were returned to me. indeed. and blow up his imperial palace into the air. although. Hundreds fell down as if they had been struck dead. and then my pouch of powder and bullets. pistols. begging him that the former might be kept from fire. although he stood his ground. with nine large pieces of gold. I first cautioned the emperor not to be afraid. and then let it off in the air. My scimitar. my purse. I then gave up my silver and copper money. which he could easily discern.com 28 | P a g e . The astonishment here was much greater than at the sight of my scimitar. could not recover himself in some time I delivered up both my pistols. my comb and silver snuffbox.

one private pocket. I did not think myself bound in honor to discover. being of no consequence to the emperor. www. a pocket perspective. which escaped their search.[20] and some other little conveniences.mygullivertravels. wherein there was a pair of spectacles (which I sometimes use for the weakness of mine eyes).Gulliver’s Travels I had. which. as I before observed.com 29 | P a g e . and I apprehended they might be lost or spoiled if I ventured them out of my possession.

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