Gulliver’s Travels: Part 1, Chapter 2

Chapter two begins with mercy from the Lilliputians as they allow him to stand and look at the beautiful, theater-like countryside. Then he continues into an explanation of relieving himself, because apparently that’s necessary to establish that he is clean. And, yes, I realize this is one of his examples of satire.

Anyway, the emperor, dressed plainly, visits on horseback from his tower, and orders servants to feed Gulliver and satisfy his thirst as well. After two hours, Gulliver is left with a group of soldiers guarding him. Some of them, disobeying orders, try to shoot arrows at him. As a punishment, the brigadier ties up six of these offenders and places them in Gulliver’s hand. Gulliver puts five of them into his pocket and pretends that he is going to eat the sixth, but then cuts loose his ropes and sets him free. He does the same with the other five.

Two weeks pass and a bed is made for Gulliver. Villagers become curious when they find out about Gulliver, and the government taxes them every time they go to see him. The government tries to figure out what to do with Gulliver, but can’t decide on anything due to the many consequences. Finally, they decide that due to Gulliver’s mercy on the six soldiers, they would keep him alive and feed him every morning, supply him with servants, make him new clothes, and teach him their language.

Gulliver constantly begs to be set free, but the emperor merely tells him  to be patient. Then the emperor searches Gulliver, who willingly lets soldiers climb into his pockets. They take away his weapons. After this is completed, the emperor observed all of Gulliver’s objects. This included his knife, which had rusted slightly, his bullets, and his watch, along with all of his money and a few other insignificant items. He kept his glasses a secret.

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