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arms, who immediately fpied me, and be one had freckles, another too wide a mouth, gan a squali that you might have heard from a third too large a nose, nothing of which London-bridge to Chelsea, after the usual I was able to distinguish. I confess this oratory of infants, to get me for a play-thing. reflection was obvious enough; which, how. The mother out of pure indulgence took me ever, I could not forbear, left the reader up, and put me towards the child, who pre- might think those valt creatures were actu. sently seized me by the middle, and got my ally deformed; for I muit do them justice head into his mouth, where I roared so loud to say, they are a comely race of people; that the urchin was frighted, and let me and particularly the features of my master's drop; and I should infallibly have broke countenance, although he were but a farmer, my neck, if the mother had not held her when I beheld him from the height of fixty apron under me. The nurse, to quiet her feet, appeared very well proportioned. babe, made use of a rattle, which was a When dinner was done, my master went kind of hollow vefsel filled with great stones, out to his labourers, and, as I could discoand fastened by a cable to the child's waist: ver by his voice and gesture, gave his wife but all in vain, fo that she was forced to ap- a strict charge to take care of me. I was ply the last remedy, by giving it suck. I must very much tired, and disposed to sleep; confefs no object ever disguited me so much which my mistress perceiving, the put me as the fight of her monstrous breast, which I on her own bed, and covered me with a cannot tell what to compare with, so as to cican white handkerchief, but larger and give the curious reader an idea of its bulk, coarfer than the main-sail of a man of îhape, and colour. It stood prominent fix war. feet, and could not be less than sixteen in I sept about two hours, and dreamed circumference. The nipple was about half I was at home with my wife and children, the bigness of my head, and the hue both of which aggravated my forrows, when I athat and the dug fo varied with spots, pim- waked, and found myself alone in a vaft ples, and freckles, that nothing could ap- room, between two and three hundred feet pear more nauseous : for I had a near fight wide, and above two hundred high, lying of her, she fitting down the more conveni- in a bed twenty yards wide. My mistress ently to give fuck, and I ftanding on the was gone about her household affairs, and table. This made me reflect upon the fair had locked me in. The bed was eight fkins of our English ladies, who appear so yards from the floor. Some natural necelbeautiful to us, only because they are of our fities required me to get down: I durst not own size, and their defects not to be feen but presume to call, and, if I had, it would have through a magnifying-glass, where we find been in vain with such a voice as mine, at by experiment, that the Imootheft and whit- so great a distance as from the room where eit skins look rough and coarse, and ill-co- I lay to the kitchen where the family kept. loured.
While I was under thcfe circumstances, two I remember, when I was at Lilliput, the rats crept up the curtains, and ran smelling complexions of those diminutive people ap- backwards and forwards on the bed. One peared to me the faireit in the world; and of them came up almolt to my face, wheretalking upon this fubject with a person of upon I rose in a fright, and drew out my learning there, who was an intimate friend hanger to defend myself
. These horrible of mine, he said that my face appeared animals had the boldness to attack me on much fairer and smoother when he looked both sides, and one of them held his foreon me from the ground, than it did upon a feet at my collar; but I had the good fornearer view, when I took him up in my tune to rip up his belly, before he could do hand and brought him close, which he con me any mischief. He fell down at my feet, fessed was at firit a very shocking night. He and the other feeing the fate of his comrade said he could discover great holes in my made his escape, but not without one good skin; that the stumps of my beard were ten" wound on the back, which I gave him as he times stronger than the bristles of a boar, fled, and inade the blood run trickling from and my complexion made up of several co- him. After this exploit I walked gently to lours altogether disagreeable: although I and fro on the bed to recover my breath, must beg leave to say for myself, that I am aod loss of spirits. These creatures were of as fair as most of my fex and country, and the fize of a large mastiff, but infinitely more very little sun-burnt by all my traveis. On nimble and fierce, so that, if I had taken off the other side, discoursing of the ladies in my belt before I went to sleep, I must inthat emperor's court, he used to tell me fallibly have been torn to pieces and de
voured. I measured the tail of the dead rat, and found it to be two yards long,
С НА Р. ІІ. wanting an inch; but it went again't my A defcription of the farmer's daughter. The ftomach to drag the carcase off the bed, author carried to a market-town, and then where it lay still bieeding; I observed it to the metropolis. The particulars of his had
yet some life, but, with a strong flash journey. cross the neck, I thoroughly dispatched it.
My mistress had a daughter of nine Soon after my mistress came into the years old, a child of towardly parts for room, who seeing me all bloody, ran and her age, very dexterous at her needle, took me up in her hand. I pointed to the and kilful in dreling her baby. Her modead rat, smiling, and making other figns ther and the contrived to fit up the baby's to thew I was not hurt, whereat she was cradle for me against night; the cradle extremely rejoiced, calling the maid to was put into a small drawer of a cabinet, take up the dead rat with a pair of tongs, and the drawer placed upon a hanging and throw it out of the window. Then the shelf, for fear of the rats.
This was my fet me on a table, where I thewed her my bed all the time I stayed with those people, hanger all bloody, and, wiping it on the though made more convenient by degrees. lappet of my coat, returned it to the scab as I began to learn their language, and bard. I was pressed to do more than one make my wants known. This young girl thing, which another could not do for me, was so handy, that, after I had once or and therefore endeavoured to make my twice pulled off my cloaths before her, the mistreis understand that I desired to be set was able to dress and undress me, though I down on the floor ; which after the had never gave her that trouble when he would done, my bashfulness would not suffer me to let me do either myself. She made me feren express myself farther, than by pointing to thirts, and some other linen, of as fine cloth the door and bowing several times. The as could be got, which indeed was coarser good woma:), with much dificulty, at last than fack-cloth; and these the con tantly perceived what I would be at, and taking washed for me with her own hands. She was me up again in her hand, walked into the likewise my school-mistress to teach me the garden, where she set me down. I went language : when I pointed to any thing, the on one side about two hundred yards, and told me the name of it in her own tongue, beckoning to her not to look or to follow so that in a few days I was able to call for me, I hid myself between two leaves of whatever I had a nind to. She was very forrel, and there discharged the neceflities good-natured, and not above forty feet of nature.
high, being little for her age. She gave I hope the gentle reader will excuse me me the name of Griidrig, which the family for dwelling on these and the like particu- took up, and afterwards the whole kirglars, which, however insignificant they may dom. The word imports what the Latins appear to grovelling vulgar ininds, yet will call nanunculus, the Italians bomuncele:in, certainly help a philosopher to eniarge his and the English mannikin. To her i chiedy thoughts and imagination, and apply them owe my preservation in that country: we to the benefit of public as well as private never parted while I was there : I called life, which was my fole design in presenting her my Glumdalditch, or little nurse; and this and other accounts of my travels to the should be guilty of great ingratitude, if I world; wherein I have been chiefly Itudious omitted this honourable mention of her care of truth, without affecting any ornaments of and affection towards me, which I heartily learning or of Atyle. But the whole fcene with it lay in my power to requite as the of this voyage made so strong an impression deserves, instead of being the innocent, bus on my mind, and is so deeply fixed in my unhappy instrument of her disgrace, as I memory, that in committing it to paper I have too much reason to fear. did not omit one material circumstance: It now began to be known and talked of however, upon a strict review, I blotted out in the neighbourhood, that my master had several pantages of less moment which were found a itrange animal in the field, about in my first copy, for fear of being censured the bigness of a splacknuck, but exaâly as tedious and trilling, whereof travellers shaped in every part like a human creature; are often, perhaps not without justice, ac- which it likewise imitated in all its actions; cused.
seemed to speak in a little language of its own, had already learned several words of
theirs, went erect upon two legs, was tame my liberty; and as to the ignominy of and gentle, would come when it was called, being carried about for a moniter, I confido whatever it was bid, had the finest limbs dered myself to be a perfect stranger in the in the world, and a complexion fairer than country, and that fuch a misfortune could a nobleman's daughter of three years old. never b. charged upon me as a reproach, if Another farmer who lived hard by, and was ever I should return to England, since the a particular friend of my master, came on king of Great Britain himleii, in a visit on purpose to enquire into the truth tion, must have undergone the same distress. of this flory. I was immediately produced, My master, pursuant to the advice of his and placed upon a table, where I walked as friend, carried me in a box the next day to I was commanded, drew my hanger, put it the neighbouring town, and took along with up again, made my reverence to my mal- him his little daughter, my nurse, u pon a ter's guest, asked him in his own language pillion behind him. The box was close on how he did, and told him he was welcome, every side, with a little door for me to go just as my little nurse had instructed me. in and out, and a few gimlet-holes to let in This man, who was old and dim-lighted, air. The girl had been to careful as to put put on his spectacles to behold me better, the quilt of her baby's bed into it for me at which I could not forbear laughing very to lie down on. However I was terribly heartily, for his eyes appeared like the full taken and discomposed in this journey, moon Mining into a chamber at two win- though it were but of half an hour. For dows. Our people, who discovered the the horse went about forty feet at every step, cause of my mirth, bore me company in and trotted so high, that the agitation was laughing, at which the old fellow was fool equal to the rising and falling of a ship in enough to be angry and out of countenance. a great form, but much more frequent. He had the character of a great miser, and, Our journey was somewhat farther than to my misfortune, he well deserved it, by from London to St. Alb.n’s. My master, the curied advice he gave my master, to alighted at an inn which he used to frea thew me as a fight upon a market-day quent; and after consulting a while with in the next town, which was half an the innkeeper, and making fome neceflary hour's riding, about two-and-twenty miles preparations, he hired the gralirud or crier from our house. I guessed there was some io give notice through the town of a strange mischief contriving, when I observed my creature to be feen at the sign of the Green mater and his friend whispering long toge. Eagle, not fo big as a f; lacknuck (an animal ther, sometimes pointing at me; and my in that country very finely maped, about fix fears made me fancy that I overheard and feet long) and in every part of the body reunderstood some of their words. But the sembling an human creature, could speak next morning Glumdalclitch, my little nurse, several words, and perform an hundred ditold me the whole matter, which she had verting tricks. curningly picked out from her mother. The I was placed upon a table in the largest poor girl laid me on her bofom, and fell a room of the inn, which might be near three weeping with mar e and grief. She ap- hundred feet square. My little nurse food prehended fcme mischief would happen to on a low stool close to the table to take care me from rude vulgar folks, who might of me, and direct what I should do. My fqueeze me to death, or break one of matter, to avoid a crowd, would suffer only my limbs by taking me in their hands. thirty people at a time to see me. I walked She had also observed how modest I was in about on the table as the girl commanded : my nature, how rice'y I regarded my ho- The asked me questions, as far as she knew nour, and what an indignity I should con my understanding of the language reached, ceive it to be exposed for money as a pub- and I answered them as loud as I could. I lic spectacle to the meanest of the prople. turned about several times to the company, She said, her papa and mamma had pro- paid my humble refpects, faid they were mised that Grildrig should be hers, but now welcome, and used some other speeches I the found they meant to serve her as they had been taught. I took up a thimble did latt year, when they pretended to give filled with liquor, which Glumdalclitch had her a lamb, and yet, as soon as it was fat, given me for a cup, and drank their health. sold it to a butcher. For my own part, 1 I drew out my hanger, and Aourished with may truly affirm, that I was less concerned it afier the manner of fencers in England. than my nurle. I had a strong hope, which My nurse gave me part of a traw, which never left me, that I hould one day recover 1 exercised as a pike, having learned the
art in my youth. I was that day shewn The girl had lined it on all sides with the to twelve fets of company, and as often softest cloth she could get, well quilted on. forced to act over again the same foppe- derneath, furnished it with her baby's bed, ries, till I was half dead with weariness and provided me with linen and other necessavexation. For those who had seen me made ries, and made every thing as convenient fuch wonderful reports, that the people as she could. We had no other company were ready to break down the doors to but a boy of the house, who rode after us come in. My master, for his own intereft, with the luggage. would not suffer any one to touch me ex My master's design was to shew me in cept my nurse; and to prevent danger, all the towns by the way, and to step out benches were set round the table at such a of the road for fifty or an hundred miles, distance as to put me out of every body's to any village, or person of quality's reach. However, an unlucky school-boy house, where he might expect custom. We aimed a hazel-nut directly at my head, made easy journies of not above seven or which very narrowly missed me; other- eight score miles a day: for Glumdalclitch, wise, it came with so much violence, that on purpose to spare me, complained the it would have infallibly knocked out my was tired with the trotting of the horse. brains, for it was almost as large as a small She often took me out of my box at my pumpion : but I had the satisfaction to see own desire to give me air, and thew me the young rogue well beaten, and turned the country, but always held me fait by a out of the room.
leading-string. We passed over five or fix My master gave public notice, that he rivers many
degrees broader and deeper would shew me again the next market-day, than the Nile or the Ganges; and there and in the mean time he prepared a more was hardly a rivulet so small as the Thames convenient vehicle for me, which he had at London-bridge. We were ten weeks in reason enough to do; for I was so tired our journey, and I was thewn in eighteen with my first journey, and with entertain- large towns, besides many villages and priing company for eight hours together, vate families. that I could hardly stand upon my legs, or On the 26th day of O&tober, we arrived speak a word. It was at least three days at the metropolis, called in their language before I recovered my strength; and that Lorbrulgrud, or Pride of the Universe. My I might have no rest at home, all the neigh- master took a lodging in the principal ftreet bouring gentlemen from an hundred miles of the city, not far from the royal palace, round, hearing of my fame, came to see and put up bills in the usual form, containme at niy master's own house. There ing an exact description of my person and could not be fewer than thirty persons with parts. He hired a large room between three their wives and children (for the country is and four hundred feet wide. Ho provided very populous;) and my master demanded a table fixty feet in diameter, upon which the rate of a full room whenever he shewed I was to at my part, and palisadoed it me at home, although it were only to a round three feet from the edge, and as fingle family: so that for some time I had many high, to prevent my falling over. I but little ease every day of the week (ex- was shewn ten times a day, to the wonder cept Wednesday, which is their fabbath) and satisfaction of all people. I could now although I were not carried to the town. speak the language tolerably well, and per.
My master, finding how profitable I was feetly understood every word that was ipolike to be, resolved to carry me to the most ken to me. Besides, I had learned their considerable cities of the kingdom. Hav- alphabet, and could make a shift to explain ing therefore provided himself with all a sentence here and there; for Glumdalthings necessary for a long journey, and clitch had been my instructor while we were settled his affairs at home, he took leave at home, and at leisure hours during our of his wife, and upon the 17th of August journey. She carried a little book in her 1703, about two months after my arrival, pocket, not much larger than a Sanson's we let out for the metropolis, situated near Atlas; it was a common treatise for the use the middle of that empire, and about three of young girls, giving a hort account of thousand miles distance from our house: their religion; out of this the taught me my matter made his daughter Glumdal- my letters, and interpreted the words. clitch ride behind him. She carried me on her lap in a box tied about her waist,
ture and vassal, I must beg the favour that The author sent for to court.
Glumdalclitch, who had always tended me
with so much care and kindness, and un-
He is in to my petition, and easily got the farmer's
The frequent labours I underwent every my late master withdrew, bidding me fareday, made in a few weeks a very consider well, and saying he had left me in a good able change in my health : the more my service; to which I replied not a word, only master got by me, the more insatiable he making him a slight bow. grew. I had quite lost my stomach, and The queen obferved my coldness, and, was almost reduced to a skeleton. The when the farmer was gone out of the apartfarmer observed it, and, concluding I must ment, asked me the reason. I made bold foon die, resolved to make as good a hand to tell her majesty, that I owed no other of me as he could. While he was thus obligation to my late master, than his not reasoning and resolving with himself, a fur- dathing out the brains of a poor harmdral, or gentleman-ulher, came from court, less creature found by chance in his field; commanding my master to carry me imme- which obligation was amply recompenfed diately thither for the diversion of the by the gain he had made by me in thewing queen and her ladies. Some of the latter me through half the kingdom, and the had already been to see me, and reported price he had now sold me for. That the ftrange things of my beauty, behaviour, life I had fince led, was laborious enough and good fenfe. Her majeity, and those to kill an animal of ten times my ftrength. who attended her, were beyond measure That my health was much impaired by the delighted with my demeanour. I fell on continual drudgery of entertaining the rabmy knees, and begged the honour of kiff- ble every hour of the day; and that, if my ing her imperial foot; but this gracious matter had not thought my life in danger, princess held out her little finger towards her majesty would not have got so cheap a me (after I was set on a table) which I bargain. But as I was out of all fear of embraced in both my arms, and put the being ill-treated under the protection of so tip of it with the utmost relpect to my lip. great and good an empress, the ornament She made me some general questions about of nature, the darling of the world, the deiny country, and my travels, which I an- light of her subjects, the phænix of the fwered as distinctly, and in as few words as creation ; fo I hoped my late matter's ap, I could. She aked, whether I would be prehensions would appear to be groundlels, content to live at court. I bowed down to for I already found my spirits to revive the board of the table, and humbly an- by the influence of her most august prefwered that I was my master's fave; but sence. if I were at my own disposal, I should be This was the sum of my speech, deliver proud to devote my life to her majelty's ed with great improprieties and hesitation; service. She then asked my master, whe- the latter part was altogether framed in ther he were willing to sell me at a good the style peculiar to that people, whereof I price. He, who apprehended I could not learned some phrases from Glumdalclitch, live a month, was ready enough to part while she was carrying me to court. with me, and demanded a thousand pieces The queen, giving great allowance for of gold, which were ordered him on the my defectiveness in fpeaking, was however spot, each piece being about the bignels of surprised at so much wit and good sense in eight hundred moidores; but allowing for so diminutive an animal. She took me in the proportion of all things between that her own hand, and carried me to the king, country and Europe, and the high price of who was then retired to his cabinet. His gold among them, was hardly to great a majesty, a prince of much gravity and fum as a thousand guineas would be in auttcre countenance, not well observing England. I then said to the queen, since my shape at first view, asked the queen ata I was now her majesty's molt humbie crea ter a cold manner, how long it was since the