Gulliver's Travels

How does you describe the great lord of court nearly related to the king who come and talks with gulliver

IN PART-3 chapter-4

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There was a great lord at court, nearly related to the king, and for that reason alone used with respect. He was universally reckoned the most ignorant and stupid person among them. He had performed many eminent services for the crown, had great natural and acquired parts, adorned with integrity and honour; but so ill an ear for music, that his detractors reported, β€œhe had been often known to beat time in the wrong place;” neither could his tutors, without extreme difficulty, teach him to demonstrate the most easy proposition in the mathematics. He was pleased to show me many marks of favour, often did me the honour of a visit, desired to be informed in the affairs of Europe, the laws and customs, the manners and learning of the several countries where I had travelled. He listened to me with great attention, and made very wise observations on all I spoke. He had two flappers attending him for state, but never made use of them, except at court and in visits of ceremony, and would always command them to withdraw, when we were alone together.

Acoording to Gulliver, the great lord was considered ignorant and stupid among his own people. He had no musical talent, no rythmn, and no head for mathematics. None-the-less, Gulliver also describes the lord as honorable, observant, and a good host.


Gulliver's Travels