Gulliver’s Travels: Part 2, Chapters 1-2

The second part begins with Gulliver arriving to England, but after two months he becomes restless once more. He boards a ship that gets caught in a monsoon, drawing the ship called Adventure off course. The ship eventually arrives at a land unknown to anyone; there aren’t any inhabitants. Gulliver decides to turn back to the ship, but it was already leaving without him; he tries chasing after it but then spots a giant following the boat.

Gulliver runs away, and when he stops, he is on a steep hill from which he can see the countryside. He is shocked to see that the grass is about twenty feet high. He’s walking down what looks like a road but is actually a footpath through a field of barley. For a while he walks and hopes to see something, but there are only stalks of corn that stand forty feet high.

As he tries climbing steps, that are too steep for his small size, he sees another one of the island’s giant inhabitants. He hides from the giant, but it calls for more people to come, and they begin to harvest the crop with scythes. Gulliver bemoans his predicament, assuming that he is insignificant to these giants. One of them comes too close to Gulliver, so he screams loudly until it notices him. It picks Gulliver up between his fingers to inspect it, seeming pleased when Gulliver shows signs of intelligence to it. He explains through motion that the giant’s fingers are hurting him, so the giant tucks Gulliver in its pocket and walks toward its master.

As the giants surround Gulliver, fascinated with the new oddity in their lands, Gulliver speaks as loudly as he can, politely showing them gold, to which the master does not understand fully. The master giant takes Gulliver to his wife, who is frightened of Gulliver. The servant brings in dinner, and they all sit down to eat, Gulliver sitting on the table not far from the farmer’s plate. They give him tiny bits of their food, and he pulls out his knife and fork to eat, which delights the giants.

The master’s son picks up Gulliver, scaring him, and the master takes away Gulliver and strikes his son. Gulliver explains that the son should be forgiven. After dinner, the farmer’s wife lets Gulliver nap in her own bed. When he wakes up he finds two rats attacking him, and he defends himself with his “hanger,” or sword.

The farmer’s (who is also the master) daughter protects Gulliver; he calls her nursemaid, or “Glumdalclitch”. The girl gives him a permanent bed, fashioned from an old doll’s cradle, and keeps him in a drawer, away from the rats. She becomes Gulliver’s caretaker and guardian, sewing clothes for him and teaching him the giants’ language.

The master lets the news travel through their village of their new fascination, and a friend of the farmer’s comes to see him. Gulliver laughs at the new man’s eye-size through his glasses. The man becomes angry and advises the farmer to take Gulliver into the market to display him. He agrees, and Gulliver is taken to town in a carriage, which he finds very uncomfortable. There, he is placed on a table while Glumdalclitch sits down on a stool beside him, with thirty people at a time walking through as he performs tricks.

Gulliver finds out, after an exhausting day, that he is also to do tricks at the farmer’s house. People from all around come to see him and are charged large sums of money to watch Gulliver. Thinking that Gulliver can make him a great fortune, the farmer takes him and Glumdalclitch on a trip to the largest cities…

 

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