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Glumdalclitch happened to be out of or- carried it home in her pocket, to keep der: for I soon begin to be known and among other trinkets, of which the girl esteemed among the greatest officers, I was very fond, as children at her age suppose more upon account of their majes usually are. ties' favour than
merit of my own. In The king's kitchen is indeed a noble journies, when I was weary of the coach, building, vaulted at top, and about six a servant on horseback would buckle on hundred feet high. The great oven is not my box, and place it upon a cushion be- so wide by ten paces as the cupola at St. fore him; and there I had a full prospect Paul's: for I measured the latter on purof the country on three sides from my three pose after my return. But if I should dewindows. I had in this closet a field bed scribe the kitchen grate, the prodigious and a hammock hung from the ceiling, pots and kettles, the joints of meat turning two chairs, and a table, neatly screwed to on the spits, with many other particulars, the floor, to prevent being tossed about by perhaps I should be hardly believed; at the agitation of the horse or the coach. least a severe critic would be apt to think And having been long used to sca-voyages, I enlarged a little, as travellers are often those motions, although sometimes very suspected to do. To avoid which censure, violent, did not much discompose me. I fear I have run too much into the other
Whenever I had a mind to see the town, extreme; and that if this treatise should it was always in mytravellingcloset, which happen to be translated into the lanGlumdalclitch held in her lapin a kind of guage of Brobdingnag (which is the geneopen sedan, after the fashion of the coun- ral name of that kingdom) and transmitted try, borne by four men, and attended by thither, the king and his people would two others in the queen's livery. The have reason to complain, that I had done people, who had often heard of me, were them an injury by a false and diminutive very curious to crowd about the sedan : representation. and the girl was complaisant enough to His majesty seldom kceps above six hunmake the bearers stop, and to take me in dred horses in his stables: they are geneher hand that I might be more conveni- rally from fifty-four to sixty feet high. ently seen.
But when he goes abroad on solemn days, I was very desirous to see the chief tem. he is attended for state by a militia guard ple, and particularly the tower belonging of five hundred horse, which indeed I to it, which is reckoned the highest in the thought was the most splendid sight that kingdom. Accordingly one day my nurse could be ever beheld, till I saw part of his carried me thither, but I may truly say I army in battalia, whereof I shall find came back disappointed; for the height is another occasion to speak. not above three thousand feet, reckoning from the ground to the highest pinnacle
CHAP. V. top; which, allowing for the difference between the size of those people and us in Several adventures that happened to the Europe, is no great matter for admiration,
author. The execution of a criminal. nor at all equal in proportion (if I rightly
The author shews his skill in navigation. remember) to Salisbury steeple. But, not
I should have lived happy enough in to detract from a nation to which during that country, if my littleness had not exmy life I shall acknowledge myself ex- posed me to several ridiculous and troubletremely obliged, it must be allowed that some accidents : some of which I shall whatever this famous tower wants in height, venture to relate. Glumdalclitch often caris amply made up in beauty and strength. ried me into the gardens of the court in my For the walls are near an hundred feet smaller box, and would sometimes take thick, built of hewn stone, whereof each is me out of it, and hold me in her hand, or about forty feet square, and adorned on set me down to walk. I remember, before all sides with statues of gods and emperors the dwarf left the queen, he followed us cut in marble larger than the life, placed one day into those gardens, and my nurse in their several niches. I measured a little having set me down, he and I being close finger which had fallen down from one of together, near some dwarf apple trees, I these statues, and lay unperceived among must needs shew my wit by silly allusion some rubbish, and found it exactly four between him and the trees, which happens feet and an inch in length. Glumdalclitch to hold in their language as it doth in ours. wrapped it up in her handkerchief, and Whereupon the malicious rogue, watching
his opportunity, when I was walking un- me safe to my little nurse, who by this time der one of them, shook it directly over my bad returned to the place where she left head, by which a dozen apples, each of me, and was in cruel agonies when I did them as large as a Bristol barrel, came not appear, nor answer when she called; tumbling about my cars; one of them hit she severely reprimanded the gardener on me on the back as I chanced to stoop, and account of his dog. But the thing was knocked me down flat on my face; but I hushed up, an never known at court; received no other hurt, and the dwarf was for the girl was afraid of the queen's anger; pardoned at my desire, because I had and truly, as to myself, I thought it would given the provocation.
not be for my reputation that such a story Another day Glumdalclitch left me on a should go about. smooth grass-plat to divert myself, while This accident absolutely determined she walked at some distance with her go- Glumdalclitch never to trust me abroad verness. In the mean time there suddenly for the future out of her sight. I had been fell such a violent shower of hail, that I long afraid of this resolution, and there was immediately by the force of it struck fore concealed from her some little unto the ground : and when I was down, lucky adventures that happened in those the hail-stones gave me such cruel bangs times when I was left by myself
. Once a all over the body, as if I had been pelted kite, hovering over the garden, made a with tennis-balls; however I made shist stoop at me, and if I had not resolutely to creep on all four, and shelter myself by drawn my hanger and run under a thick lying flat on my face on the lee side of a espalier, he would have certainly carried border of lemon-thyme, but so bruised me away in his talons, Another time walk. from head to foot, that I could not going to the top of a fresh mole-hill
, I fell to abroad in ten days. Neither is this at all my neck in the hole through which that to be wondered at, because nature in that animal had cast up the earth, and coined country, observing the same proportion some lie, not worth remembering, to erthrough all her operations, a hail-stone is
cuse myself for spoiling my clothes. I likenear eighteen hundred times as large as wise broke my right shin against the shell one in Europe, which I can assert upon of a snail, which I happened to stumble experience, having been so curious to over, as I was walking alone and thinking, weigh and measure them.
on poor England. But a more dangerous accident happened I cannot tell whether I was more pleased to me in the same garden, when my little or mortified to observe in those solitary nurse, believing she had pui me in a secure walks, that the smaller birds did not applace, which I often intreated her to do, pear to be at all afraid of me, but would that I might enjoy my own thoughts, and hop about me within a yard's distance, having left my box at home to avoid the looking for worms and other food with as trouble of carrying it, went to another part much indifference and security as if bo of the garden with her governess, and soine creature at all were near them. I remem. ladies of her acquaintance. While she was ber, a thrush had the confidence to snach absent, and out of hearing, a small white out of my hand, with his bill, a piece of spaniel belonging to one of the chief gar- cake that Glumdalclitch bad given me deners, having got by accident into the for my breakfast. When I attempted to garden, happened to range near the place catch any of these birds, they would bolde where I lay: the dog, following the scent, ly turn against me, endeavouring to peck came directly up, and taking me in his my fingers, which I durst not venture mouth, ran strait to his master, wagging his within their reach; and then they would tail, and set me gently on the ground. By hop back unconcerned to hunt for WOTES good fortune he had been so well taughi, or snails, as they did before. But one day that I was carried between his teeth with- I took a thick cudgel, and threw it witi out the least hurt, or even tearing my all my strength so luckily at a linget
, clothes. But the poor gardener, who knew that I knocked him down, and seizing bien me well
, and had a great kindness for me, by the neck with both my hands, Idn wilt was in a terrible fright: he gently took me him in triumph to my nurse. However
, up in both his hands, and asked me how I the bird, who had only been stunned, e did, but I was so amazed and out of breath, covering himself, gave me so many boxes that I could not speak a word. In a few with his wings on both sides of my head minutes I came to myself, and hu curried and body, though I held him at an
, and was out of the reach of his from it thicker than packthreads, to say claws, that I was twenty times thinking nothing farther concerning the rest of their to let him go. But I was soon relieved persons. Neither did they at all scrúple, by one of our servants, who wrung off the while I was by, to discharge what they bird's neck, and I had him next day for had drank, to the quantity at least of two dinner by the queen's command. This hogsheads, in a vessel that held above three linnet, as near as I can remember, seemed tuns. The handsomest among these maids to be somewhat larger than an English of honour, a pleasant frolicsome girlof six
teen, would sometimes set me astride upon The maids of honour often invited one of her nipples, with many other tricks Glumdalclitch to their apartments, and wherein the reader will excuse me for not desired she would bring me along with her, beingover particular. But I was so much on purpose to have the pleasure of feeling displeased, that I entreated Glumdalclitch and touching me. They would often strip to contrive some excuse for not seeing me naked from top to toe, and lay me at that young lady any more. full length in their bosoms; wherewith I One day a young gentleman, who was was much disgusted ; because, to say the nephew to my nurse's governess, came and truth, a very offensive smell came from pressed them both to see an execution. It their skins; which I do not mention, or was of a man, who had murdered one of intend, to the disadvantage of those excel- that gentleman's intimate acquaintance. lent ladies, for thom I have all manner of Glumdalclitch was prevailed on to be of respect; but I conceive that my sense was the company, very much against her inmore acute in proportion to my littleness, clination, for she was naturally tenderand that those illustrious persons were no
hearted: and as for myself, although I more disagrecable to their lovers, or to' abhorred such kind of spectacles, yet my each other, than people of the same qua- curiosity tempted me to see something that lity are with us in England. And, after I thought must be extraordinary. The maall, I found their natural smell was much lefactor was fixed in a chair upon a scafe more supportable, than when they used fold erected for that purpose, and his head pertumes, under which I immediately cut off at one blow with a sword of about swooned
away. I cannot forget, that an forty feet long. The veins and arteries intimate friend of mine in Lilliput took spouted up such a prodigious quantity of the freedom in a warm day, when I had blood, and so high in the air, that the great used a good deal of exercise, to complain jet d'eau at Versailles was not equal for of a strong smell about me, although I am the time it lasted ; and the head, when it as little faulty that way as most of my
fell on the scaffold floor, gave such a sex: but I suppose his faculty in smelling bounce as made me start, although I were was as nice with regard to me, as mine at least half an English mile distant. was to that of this people. Upon this The queen, who often used to hear me talk point I cannot forbear doing justice to the of my sea-voyages, and took all occasions queen my mistress, and Glumdalclitch my
to divert me when I was meluncholy, asknurse, whose persons were as sweet as ed me whether I understood how to hanthose of any lady in England.
dle a sail or an oar, and whether a little That which gave me must uneasiness exercisé of rowing might not be convenient among these maids of honour (when my for my health? I answered that I undernurse carried me to visit them) was to see stood both very well: for although my thein use me without any manner of cere- proper employment had been to be surgeon móny, like a creature who had no sort of
or doctor to the ship, yet often upon a pinch concupiscence: for they would strip them. I was forced to work like a common ma
riner. selves to the skin, and put on their smocks
But I could not see how this could in my presence, while I was placed on their be done in their country, where the smaltoilet, directly hefore their naked bodies, lest wherry was equal to a first rate man which I am sure to me was very far from of war among us, and such a boat as I could being a tempting sight, or from giving me manage would never live in any of their riany other emotions than those of horror
ller majesty said, if I would conand disgust. Their skins appeared so coarse trive a boat, her own joiner should make and uneven, so variously coloured, when I it, and she would provide a place for me to saw them near, with a mole here and there sail in. The fellow was an ingenious workas broad as a trencher, and hairs hanging man, and by instruction in tendays finished
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a pleasure-boat, with all its tackling, able length of the boat, and then over my head conveniently to hold eight Europeans. backwards and forwards, daubing my face When it was finished the queen was so de- and clothes with its slime. The largeness lighted, that she ran with it in her lap to of its features made it appear the most the king, who ordered it to be put into a deformed animal that can be conceived. cistern full of water with me in it by way However I desired Glumdalclitch to let of trial, where I could not manage mytwo me deal with it alone. I banged it a sculls, or little oars, for want of room; but good while with one of my sculls, the queen had before contrived another and at last forced it to leap out of the project. She ordered the joiner to make a boat. wooden trough of three hundred feet long, But the greatest danger I ever underfifty broad, and eight deep, which being went in that kingdom, was from a monwell pitched, to prevent leaking, was key, who belonged to one of the clerks of placed on the floor along the wall in an the kitchen. Glumdalclitch had locked outer room of the palace. It had a cock me up in her closet, while she went somenear the bottom to let out the water, when where upon business, or a visit. The weait began to grow stałe; and two servants ther being very warm, the closet-window could easily fill it in half an hour. Here I was left open, as well as the windows and often used to row for my own diversion, the door of my bigger box, in which ! as well as that of the queen and her ladies, usually lived, because of its largeness and who thought themselves well entertained conveniency. As I sat quietly meditating with my skill and agility. Sometimes I ‘at my table, I heard something bounce in would put up my sail, and then my business at the closet-window, and skip about from was only to steer, while the ladies gave me one side to the other: whereat, although I a' gale with their fans : and, when they was much alarmed, yet I ventured to look were weary, some of the pages would blow out, but not stirring from my seat; and my
sail forward with their breath, while then I saw this frolicsome animal frisking I shewed my art by steering starboard or and leaping up and down, till at last be larboard, as I pleased. When I had done, came to my box, which he seemed to view Glumdalclitch always carried back my with great pleasure and curiosity, peeping boat into her closet, and hung it on a nail in at the door and every window. I reto dry.
treated to the farther corner of the room In this exercise I once met an accident or box, but the monkey looking in at which had liked to have cost me my life; every side put me into such a fright, that for, one of the pages having put my boat I wanted presence of mind to conceal myinto the trough, the governess, who at self under the bed, as I might easily have tended Glumdalclitch, very officiously lift- done. After some time spent in peeping, ed me up to place me in the boat, but I hap, grinning and chattering, he at last espied pened to slip through her fingers, and me, and reaching one of his paws in at the should infallibly have fallen down forty door, as a cat does when she plays with a feet upon the floor, if, by the luckiest mouse although I often shifted place to chance in the world, I had not been stop- avoid him, hic at length seized the lappet ped by a corking pin that stuck in the of my coat (which being of that country's good gentlewoman's stomacher; the head silk, was very thick and strong), and dras. of the pin passed between my shirt and ged me out. Ile took me in bis right the waistband of my breeches, and thus I fore-foot, and beld me up as a purse does was held by the middle in the air, till a child, she is going to suckle, just as I have Glumdalclitch ran to my relief.
seen the same sort of creature do with a Another time, one of the servants, whose kitten in Europe; and when I offered to office it was to fill my trough every third struggle, he squeezed me so hard, that I day with fresh water, was so careless to thought it more prudent to submit. I let a huge frog (not perceiving it) slip out have good reason to believe, that be took of his pail. The frog lay concealed till I me for a young one of his own species, was put into my boat, but then seeing a by his often stroking my face very gently resting place climbed up, and made it lean with his other paw. În these diversions so much on one side, that I was forced to he was interrupted by a noise at the clos balance it with all my weight on the other set-duor, as if somebody was opening it; to prevent overturning. When the frog whereupon he suddenly leaped up to the was got in, it hopped at once half the window, at which he had come in, and thence upon the leads and gutters, walk- what my thoughts and speculations were ang upon three legs, and holding me in the while I lay in the monkey's paw: how I fourth, till he clambered up to a roof that liked the victuals he gave me; his manner was next to ours. I heard Glumdalclitch of feeding; and whether the fresh air on give a shriek at the moment he was car- the roof had sharpened my stomach. lle rying me out. The poor girl was almost desired to know, what I would have done distracted : that quarter of the palace was upon such an occasion, in my own counall in an uproar; the servants ran for lad- try. I told his majesty, that in Europe, ders; the monkey was seen by hundreds we had no monkies, except such as were in the court, sitting upon the ridge of a brought for curiosities from other places, building, holding me like a baby in one of and so small, that I could deal with a dozen his fore-paws, and feeding me with the of them together, if they presumed to atother, by cramming ipto my mouth some tack me. And as for that monstrous anivictuals he had squeezed out of the bag mal with whom I was so lately engaged on one side of his chaps, and patting me (it was indeed as large as an elephant) if when I would not cat; whereat many of my fears had suffered me to think so far as the rabble below could not forbear laugh- to make use of my hanger (looking fiercely ing; neither do I think they justly ought and clapping my hand upon the hilt, as I to be blamed, for, without question, the spoke) when he poked his paw into my sight was ridiculous enough to every body chamber, perhaps I should have given him but myself. Some of the people threw such a wound, as would have made him up stones, hoping to drive the monkey glad to withdraw it with more haste than down; but this was strictly forbidden, he put it in. This I delivered in a firm or else very probably my brains had been tone, like a person who was jealous lest dashed out.
his courage should be called in question, . The ladders were now applied, and However, my speech produced nothing mounted by several men, which the mon- else besides a loud laughter, which all the key observing, and finding himself almost respect due to his majesty from those about encompassed, not being able to make speed him could not make them contain. This enough with his three legs, let me drop made me reflect, how vain an attempt it is on a ridge tile, and made his escape. for a man to endeavour to do himself hoHere I sat for some time, five hundred yards nour among those who are out of all defrom the ground, cxpecting every moment gree of equality of comparison with him. to be blown down by the wind, or to fall And yet I have seen the moral of my own by my own giddiness, and come tumbling behaviour very frequent in England since over and over from the ridge to the caves; my return, where a little contemptible but an honest lad, one of my nurse's foot- varlet without the least title to birth, permen climbed up, and putting me into son, wit, or common sense, shall presume his breeches-pocket, brought me down to look with importance, and put himself safe.
upon a footing with the greatest persons I was almost choaked with the filthy of the kingdom stuff the monkey had rammed down my I was every day furnishing the court throat; but my dear little nurse picked it with some ridiculous story; and Glumdal. out of my mouth with a small needle, and clitch, although she loved me to excess, then I fell a vomiting, which gave me yet was arch enough to inform the queen, great relief. Yet I was so weak and bruised whenever I committed any folly that she in the sides with the squeezes given me thought would be diverting to her maby this odioùs animal, that I was forced jesty. The girl, who had been out of to keep my bed a fortnight. The king, order, was carried by her governess to take queen, and all the court, sent every day the air about an hour's distance, or thirty to enquire after my health, and her majesty miles from town. They alighted out of made me several visits during my sickness. the coach near a small foot path in a field, The monkey was killed, and an order and Glumdalclitch setting down my tramade that no such animals should be kept velling box, I went out of it to walk, about the palace.
There was a cow-dung in the path, and I When I attended the king after my re- must needs try my activity by attempting covery to return him thanks for his fa. to leap over it. I took a run, but unforyours, he was pleased to rally me a good tunately jumped short, and found myself deal upon this adventure, He asked me just in the middle up to my knees. i