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bited at all. On the three other fides it and I was always of the party, carried in is bounded by the ccean,
There is not my box; although the girl, at my own one sea.port in the whole kingdom, and desire, would often take me out, and hold those parts of the conlts into which the me in her hand, that I might more converivers iflue, are so full of pointed rocks, niently view the houses and the people, as and the sea generally to sough, that there we passed along the streets. I reckoned is no venturing with the smallest of their our coach to be about a square of Weitboats ; so that these people are wholly ex minster-hall, but not altogether
. so high: cluded from any commerce with the rest however, I cannot be very exact. One day of the world. But the large rivers are full the governels ordered our coachman to of vessels, and abound with excellent fish, stop at several shops, where the beggars, for they feldom get any from the sea, be- watching their opportunity, crowded to the cause the sea-fish are of the same fize with sides of the coach, and gave me the moit those in Europe, and consequently not horrible spectacles that ever an European worth catching: whereby it is manifest eye beheld. There was a woman with a that nature, in the production of plants and cancer in her breast, swelled to a monitrous animals of so extraordinary a bulk, is wholly fize, full of holes, in two or three of which confined to this continent, of which I leave I could have easily crept, and covered my the reasons to be determined by philofo whole body. There was a fellow with a phers. However, now and then they take wen in his neck larger than five wool. a whale that happens to be dathed against packs, and another with a couple of wood. the rock, which the common people feed en legs, each about twenty feet high. But on heartily. These whales I have known the most hateful fight of all was the lice so large that a man could hardly carry one crawling on their clothes. I could see disupon his shoulders; and sometimes for cu- tinctly the limbs of these vermin with my Fiofity they are brought in hampers to naked eye, much better than those of an Lorbrulgrúd; I saw one of them-in a dish European louse through a microscope, and at the king's table, which pafled for a sa their snouts with which they routed like sity, but I did not observe he was fond of swine. They were the first I had ever beit; for I think indeed the bigness disgusted held, and I hould have been curious enough him, although I have seen one somewhat to diflect one of them, if I had had proper larger in Greenland.
inftruments (which I unluckily left behind The country is well inhabited, for it me in the ship) although indeed the fight contains fifty-one cities, near an hundied wasio nauseous, that it perfe&ly turned my walled towns, and a great number of vil- ltomach. lages. To fatisfy my curious readers ic Beside the large box in which I was usumay be sufficient to describe Lorbrulgrud. ally carried, the queen ordered a smaller This city stands upon alınost two equal one to be made for me of about twelve parts on each side the river that palles feet square and ten high, for the convenithrough. It contains above eighty thou ence of travelling, because the other was fand houses, and above lix hundred thou- somewhat too large for Glumdalclitch's Sand inhabitants
. It is in length three lap, and cumbersoane in the coach ; it was glomglungs, (which make about fifty-four made by the same artist, whom I directed English miles) and two and a half in in the whole contrivance. This travellingbreadth, as I measured it myself in the closet was an exact square, with a window royal map made by the king's order, which in the middle of three of the squares, and was laid on the ground on purpose for me, each window was latriced with iron wire and extended an hundred feci; I paced on the outside, to prevent accidents in long the diameter and circumference several journies. On the fourth fide, which had times bare-foot, and computing by the no window, two itong staples were fixed, scale, measured it pretty exactly.
through which the person that carried me, The king's palace is no regular edifice, when I had a mind to be on horseback, put but an heap of building about seven miles a leathern belt, and buckled it about his round: the chief rooms are generally two waist. This was always the office of some hundred and forty feet high, and broad grave trusty servant in whom I could conand long in proportion. A coach was al- fide, whether I attended the king and queen lowed to Glumdalclitch and me, wherein in their progresses, or were disposed to les her governess fiequently took her out to the gardens, or pay a visit to some great see the town, or go among the shops : lady or minister of state in the court, when
Glomdalclitch happened to be out of or- carried it home in her pocket, to keep der: for I soon began to be known and among other trinkets, of which the girl was efteemed among the greatest oificers, I very fond, as children at her age usually suppose more upon account of their majes- are. ties favour than any merit of my own. In The king's kitchen is indeed a noble journies, when I was weary of the coach, a building, vaulted at top, and about fix servant on horseback would buckle on my hundred feet high. The great oven is not box, and place it upon a cushion before so wide by ten paces as the cupola at St. him; and there I had a full prospect of the Paul's: for I measured the latter on purcountry on three sides from my three win- pose after my returu. But if I should dedows.' I had in this closet a field-bed and scribe the kitchen.grate, the prodigious a hammock hung from the cieling, two pots and kettles, the joints of meat turning chairs, and a table, neatly screwed to the on the spits, with many other particulars, floor, to prevent being torted about by the perhaps I should be hardly believed ; at agitation of the horse or the coach, And least a severe critic would be apt to think having been long used to sea-voyages, thole l enlarged a little, as travellers are often motions, although lometimes very violent, suspected to do. To avoid which censure, 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 treatile Thould it was always in my travelling-closet, which happen to be translated into the language Glumdalclitch held in her lap in a kind of of Brobdingnag (which is the general name open sedan, after the fashion of the coun- 'of that kingdom) and transmitted thither, try, borne by four men, and attended by the king and his people would have reatwo others in the queen's livery. The son to complain, that I had done them an people, who had often heard of me, were injury by a false and diminutive represenvery curious to crowd about the sedan: and tation. the girl was complaisant enough to make His majetty seldom keeps above fix hunthe bearers stop, and to take me in her dred horses in his ftables: they are genehand that I might be more conveniently rally from fifty-four to fixty feet high. Teen.
But, when he goes abroad on folemn days, I was very desirous to see the chief tem he is attended for state by a militia guard ple, and particularly thc tower belonging of five hundred horse, which indeed I to it, which is reckoned the highest in the thought was the most splendil fight 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 ano:. came back disappointed; for the height is ther occasion to speak. not above three thousand feet, reckoning from the ground to the highest pinnacle
CH A P. V. top; which, allowing for the difference Several adventures that happened to the aubetween the size of those people and us in
thor. The execution of a criminal. The Europe, is no great matter for admiration,
author shews his skill in navigation. nor at all equal in proportion (if I rightly remember) to Salisbury steeple. But, not
I Mould have lived happy enough in to detract from a nation to which during that country, if my littleness had not exmy life I fall acknowledge myself ex. pored me to several ridiculous and trouble. tremely obliged, it must be allowed that some accidents : some of which I shall venwhatever this famous tower wants in height, ture to relate. Glomdalclitch often carried is amply made up in beauty and strength. me into the gardens of the court in my For the walls are near an hundred feet smaller box, and would sometimes take me thick, built of hewn stone, whereof each is out of it, and hold me in her hand, or set about forty feet square, and adorned on all me down to walk. I remember, before lides with itatues of gods and emperors cut the dwarf left the queen, he followed us in marble larger than the life, placed in one day into those gardens, and my nurse 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 ftatues, and lay unperceived among must needs thew my wit by filly allusion Some rubbish, and found it exactly four feet between him and the trees, which happens 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 fafe to my little nurse, who by this time der one of them, shock it directly over my had returned to the place where she lett head, by which a dozen apples, cach 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 ears; one of them. hit ne 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, and never known at coure ; for received no other hurt, and the dwarf was the girl was afraid of the queen's anger; pardoned at my desire, because I had given and truly, as to myself, I thought it would the provocation.
not be for my reputation that such a story Another day Glumdalclicch left me ona ihould go abót. smooth grass-plat to divert myself, while This accident absolutely determined the walked at lome 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 was long afraid of this refolution, and therefore immediately by the force of it struck to the concealed from her some little unlucky adground: and when I was down, the hail- ventures that happened in those times when Aones gave me such cruel bangs all over I was left by myself. Once a kite, hoverthe body, as if I had been pelted with t«n- ing over the garden, made a ftoop at me, nis-balls; however, I made thift to creep and if I had not resolutely drawn my hangon all four, and felter myself by lying flat er, and run under a thick espalier, he would on my face, on the lee side of a border of have certainly carried me away in his talemon-thyme, but fo bruised from head to lons. Another time walking to the top foot, that I could not go abroad in ten of a fresh mole-hill, I fell to my neck in days. Neither is this at all to be won- the hole through which that animal had dered at, because nature in that country, caft up the earth, and coined some lye, not observing the same proportion through all worth remembering, to excuse mytelf for her operations, a hail-lone is near eighteen spoiling my clothes. I likewise broke my hundred times as large as one in Europe, right ihin againit the shell of a snail
, which I can affert upon experience, hav- which I happened to stumble over, as I ing been so curious to weigh and measure was walking alone and thinking on poor them.
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 ob.erve in those solitary nurse believing the had put 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 thouglits, and hop about me within a yard's distance, having left my box at home to avoid the locking for worms and other food with as trouble of carrying it, went to another part much indifference and security, as if no of the garden with her govemess, and some creature at all were near them. I rememladies of her acquaintance. While she was ber, a thrush had the confidence to snatch 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 Gluindalclitch had given me deners, having got by accident into the for my breakfait
. When I attempted to garden, happened to range near the place catch any of these birds, they would boldly where I lay: the dog, following the icent, turn againft me, endeavouring to peck my came direally up, and taking me in his fingers, which I durft not venture within mouth, ran ftrait to his master, wagging his their reach; and then they would hop back tail, and set me gently on the ground. By unconcerned to hunt for worms or snails, good fortune he had been so well taught, as they did before. But one day I took a that I was carried between his teeth with. thick cudgel, and thirew it with all my out the least hurt, or even tearing my strength so luckily at a linnet, that I clothes. But the poor gardener, who knew knocked him down, and seizing him by me well, and had a great kindness for me, the neck with both my hands, ran with 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 tunned, redid; 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 he carried and body, though I held him at arm's
length, and was out of the reach of his from it thicker than pack-threads, to say claws, that I was twenty times thinking to nothing farther concerning the rest of their let him go. But I was soon relieved by persons. Neither did they at all scruple, one of our servants, who wrung off the while I was by, to discharge what they had bird's neck, and I had him vext day for drank, to the quantity at least of two hogfdinner by the queen's command. This heads, in a vessel that heid 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 froliclome girl of fixfwan.
teen, would sometimes set me altride 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 the would bring me along with her, being over 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 that me naked from top to toe, and lay me at young lady any more. full length in their bosoms; wherewith I One day a young gentleman, who was was much disgutted : because, to say the nephew to my nurse's governess, came and truth, a very offensive smell came from presled chem 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. leni ladies, for whom I have all manner of Glomdalclitch was prevailed on to be of relpect; but I conceive that my sense was the company, very much againit her inmore acute in proportion to my littleness, clination, for the was naturally tenderand that those illustrious persons were no hearted: and as for myself, although I more disagreeable to their lovers, or to each abhorred such kind of spectacles, yet my other, than people of the fame quality are curiosity tempted me to see something, that with us in England. And, after all, I found I thought must be extraordinary. The matheir natural smell was much more sup- lefactor was fixed in a chair upon a scaffold portable, than when they used perfumes, erected for that purpose, and his head cut under which I immediately siwooned away. off at one blow with a sword of about forty I cannot forget, that an intimate friend of feet long. The veins and arteries spouted mine in Lilliput took the freedom in a up such a prodigious quantity of blood, and warm day, when I had used a good deal so high in the air, that the great jet d'eau of exercise, to complain of a strong smell at Versailles was not equal for the time it about me, although I am as little faulty lasted; and the head, when it fell on the that way as most of my sex: but I suppose scaffold floor, gave such a bounce as made tis faculty of smelling was as nice with me start, although I were at least half an regard to me, as mine was to that of this English mile distant. people. Upon this point I cannot forbear 'The queen, who often used to hear me doing justice to the queen my mistress, and talk of my sea-voyages, and took all occaGlumdalclitch my nurse, whose persons fions to divert me when I was melancholy, were as sweet as those of any lady in Eng- asked me whether I understood how to hanland.
dle a sail or an oar, and whether a little exThat which gave me most uneasiness ercife 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 them use me withont any manner of ce- proper employment had been to be turgeon remony, like a creature who had no sort of or doctor to the ship, yet often upon a pinch consequence : for they would strip them. I was forced to work like a common maselves to the skin, and put on their smocks riner. But I could not see how this could in my presence, while I was placed on their be done in their country, where the smallest toilet, directly before their naked bodies, wherry was equal to a first-rate man of war which I am sure to me was very far from among us, and such a boat as I could mabeing a tempting fight, or from giving me nage would never live in any of their ri. any other emotions than those of horror vers. Her majesty said, if I would conand disguft. Their skins appeared so coarse trive a boat, her own joiner should make and uneven, so varioully coloured, when I it, and she would provide a place for me to faw them near, with a mole here and there failin. The fellow was an ingenious work. as broad as a trencher, and hairs hanging man, and by instruction in ten days finished
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 odious slime. The lighted, that the ran with it in her lap to largeness of its features made it appear the king, who ordered it to be put in a cif- the most deformed animal that can be tern full of water with me in it by way of conceived. however, I defired Glumtrial, where I could not manage my two dalclitch to let me deal with it alone. I fculls, or little oars, for want of room, but banged it a good while with one of my the queen had before contrived another scuils, and at last forced it to leap out of project. She ordered the joiner to make a the 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 mon. well 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 fome. near the bottom to let out the water, when where upon business, or a visit. The weait began to grow ftale; 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, as the door of my bigger box, in which I well as that of the queen and her ladies, usually lived, because of its largenels and who thought themselves well entertained conveniency. As I sat quietly meditating with my fkill and agility. Sometimes I at my table, I heard something bounce in would put up my fail, and then my busi at the closet-window, and skip about from ness was only to feer, while the ladies
gave one side to the other : whereat although I me a gale with their fans : and, when they was much alarmed, yet I ventured te look were weary, some of the pages would blow out, but not firring from my feat; and my sail forward with their breath, while I then I saw this froliclome animal frisking thewed my art hy steering starboard or and leaping up and down, till at last he tarboard, 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 every which had like to have coit me my life; fide put me into fuch a fright, that I want. for, one of the pages having put my boat ed presence of mind to conceal myself uninto the trough, the governess, who at der the bed, as I might eafily have done. tended Glumdalclitch, very officiously listed After some time spent in pecping, grinme up to place me in the boat, but I lap- ning, and chattering, he at lait espied me, pened to flip through her fingers, and mould and reaching one of his paws in at the infallibly have fallen down forty feet upon door, as a cat does when the plays with a the floor, if, by the luckiest chance in the mouse, although I often shifted place to world, I had not been stopped by a cork- avoid him, he at length seized the lappet ing-pin that fuck in the good gentlewo. of my coat (which being of that country's man's stomacher ; the head of the pin paf- filk, was very thick and Itrong) and draged between my firt and the waistband of ged me out. He took me up in his right my breeches, and thus I was held by the fore-foot, and held me as a nurse does 2 middle in the air, till Glumdalclitch ran to child she is going to suckle, just as I have
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 let thought it more prudent to submit. I a huge frog (not perceiving it) flip out of have good reason to believe, that he took his pail.
The frog lay concealed till I me for a young one of his own species, by was put into my boat, but then seeing a his often' ftroking my face very gently resting place climbed up, and made it lean with his other paw. In these divertions so much on one fide, that I was forced to he was interrupted by a noise at the clobalance it with all my weight on the other set-door, 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