Gulliver's Travels

what are the laws passes by the king of laputa?

gullivers travel part 3

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The King's punishment is enough to deter any misbehavior of his people.

"If any town should engage in rebellion or mutiny, fall

into violent factions, or refuse to pay the usual tribute,

the king has two methods of reducing them to obedience.

The first and the mildest course is, by keeping

the island hovering over such a town, and the lands

about it, whereby he can deprive them of the benefit of

the sun and the rain, and consequently afflict the inhabitants

with dearth and diseases: and if the crime

deserve it, they are at the same time pelted from above

with great stones, against which they have no defence

but by creeping into cellars or caves, while the roofs of

their houses are beaten to pieces."

But if they still continue

obstinate, or offer to raise insurrections, he proceeds to the last remedy, by letting the island drop directly upon their heads, which makes a universal destruction both of houses and men."


Gulliver's Travels