Gulliver's Travels

Why was Gulliver afraid to be seen near the Blefescu coast?


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Gulliver was afraid he'd be discovered by enemy ships if he was too near the coast.

The empire of Blefuscu is an island situated to the north-east of Lilliput, from which it is parted only by a channel of eight hundred yards wide. I had not yet seen it, and upon this notice of an intended invasion, I avoided appearing on that side of the coast, for fear of being discovered, by some of the enemy’s ships, who had received no intelligence of me; all intercourse between the two empires having been strictly forbidden during the war, upon pain of death, and an embargo laid by our emperor upon all vessels whatsoever.


Gulliver's Travels