Gulliver's Travels Summary and Analysis
"Thus, Gentle Reader, I have given thee a faithful History of my Travels for Sixteen Years, and above seven months, wherein I have not been so studious of Ornament as Truth. I could perhaps like others have astonished thee with strange improbable Tales; but I rather chose to relate plain Matter of Fact in the simplest Manner and Style, because my principal design was to inform, and not amuse thee."
The Brobdingnagian king's opinion of the English: "But, by what I have gathered from your own Relation, and the Answers I have with much Pains wringed and extorted from you, I cannot but conclude that Bulk of your Natives, to be the most pernicious Race of Little odious Vermin that Nature ever suffered to crawl upon the Surface of the Earth."
"In this terrible Agitation of Mind I could not forbear thinking of Lilliput, whose Inhabitants looked upon me as the greatest Prodigy that ever appeared in the World: where I was able to draw an Imperial Fleet in my Hand .... I reflected what a Mortification it must prove to me to appear as inconsiderable in this Nation as one single Lilliputian would be among us .... Undoubtedly Philosophers are in the right when they tell us, that nothing is great or little otherwise than by Comparison."
"But, as my sole Intention was for the PUBLICK GOOD, I cannot be altogether dissapointed. For who can read of the Virtues I have mentioned in the Glorious Houyhnhnms, without being ashamed of his own Vices, when he consideres himself as the reasoning, governing Animal of his Country? I shall say nothing of those remote nations where Yahoos preside ... But I forbear descanting further, and rather leave the Judicious Reader to his own Remarks and Applications."
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