Gulliver’s Travels: Part 2, Chapters 5-6

Okay, so this little dwarf has some serious jealously issues. Gulliver truly enjoys Brobdingnag aside from the dwarf shaking apples over him and getting caught in a hailstorm that leaves him so bruised he can’t leave the house for ten days. Also, the women of the kingdom are entirely uncaring. Gulliver and his nursemaid are often invited to visit the previously mentioned women, who are women of the court, and there he is treated as a toy of little significance. They enjoy stripping his clothes and placing him in their bosoms, and he is appalled by their strong smell, noting that a Lilliputian told him that he smelled quite repulsive to them. The women also strip their own clothes in front of him, and he finds their skin extremely ugly and uneven.

The Queen orders for a boat to be built for Gulliver, and he enjoys rowing it in the cistern he is placed in. It amuses the Queen and her court. But, another incident befalls Gulliver when a monkey takes Gulliver up a ladder and force-feeds him. Once he is rescued, his nursemaid pulls the food from his mouth with a needle, to which Gulliver vomits once she is done. He is too bruised and battered to move, so he stays in bed for two weeks. The monkey is killed and orders are sent out that no other monkeys be kept in the palace.

Chapter six begins with Gulliver being healed and making a comb from the stubs of hair (gross) leftover from the king’s recent shave. He also uses more hair to weave the backs of two chairs for the Queen to ogle at. Gulliver is brought to a musical performance, but it is so loud that he can hardly make it out. Gulliver decides to play the spinet for the royal family, but must contrive a novel way to do it, since the instrument is so big. He uses large sticks and runs over the keyboard with them, but he can still strike only sixteen keys.

Later, Gulliver is slightly offended from the king’s unjustly view of England. He describes the culture and government to him, trying to gain his attention. Well, it is truly gained when the king begins asking questions, appalled by the history of violence England carries. He then takes Gulliver into his hand and, explaining that he finds the world that Gulliver describes to be ridiculous, contemptuous, and strange, tells him that he concludes that most Englishmen sound like “odious Vermin.” Which, in my opinion, is true by the way Gulliver describes it.


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