Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Can they be any ruder in Brobdingnag?

Part II
“A Voyage to Brobdingnag”

Chapter I
Gulliver ventures out again, as he is “condemned to nature and fortune to an active and restless life,” and after a terrible storm at sea in which land is spotted, Gulliver joins several crewmen in a long-boat directed to find water; unfortunately, he wanders off alone, and when he returns to the shore he sees the crew rowing to the ship without him while they are being pursued by an enormous creature.  Making his way inland and greatly regretting his rejection of good council by friends not to leave home again, Gulliver observes more creatures as large as the first, and as he is eventually noticed, he is taken home by a farmer to his family, where he is gently and kindly cared for.

Chapter II
At the farmer’s home, his nine-year old daughter, Glumdalclitch, lovingly supplies for Gulliver all of his needs including teaching him the language, providing him clothes, a place to sleep, and protection in many ways.  Eventually, news of Gulliver’s existence travels around town bolstering the curiosity of the people; therefore, his master begins to expose his new creature as an exhibition in the marketplace and eventually the metropolis, exactly what Gulliver was concerned would happen.

Chapter III
Gulliver becomes the subject of the Queen once his master sells him for a good price, and he in turn convinces the Queen to admit his nurse, Glumdalclitch, into her care, which is also done.  Meanwhile, the King requests the opinion of scholars, who question how Gulliver could have been created according to the laws of nature if he appears incapable of preserving his own life, even considering him to be “an embryo or abortive birth”; however, it is concluded that they know nothing of the matter.  Later, Gulliver describes how the King mocks Gulliver’s remarks about English manners, religion, laws, and government as “human grandeur mimicked by such diminutive insects”; and how the Queen’s dwarf plays several jests with Gulliver until he is finally banished from the court. 

Chapter IV
Gulliver describes the country of Brobdingnag and its buildings and other items.  First, he is certain that geographers of Europe are incorrect about a sea existing between Japan and California, and he describes a massive territory of land in its place.  And he gives great detail about the size of tumors or deformities on the beggars of the city, as well as the grotesque details of lice that his small eyes can now observe.


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    1. Thanks! Sometimes I get bored of looking at the same thing.

  2. I agree with Adriana. Your blog looks "spring-y".

    Ewww... I remember these chapters of GT. Oh... the lice. I watched a movie version of GT with Ted Danson. The parts with Glumdalclitch were strange.

    1. Thank you. It does feel like spring!

      That chapter III was rated R. Too much info.

      I did watch that version w/ Danson, some time ago, and I can't stop imagining him to be the character while I read, which is why it is better for me to read the book first.

    2. I agree about reading the book first. That TV version has turned me off to GT. I hope the book is much better. On rare occasions,the watching a movie before the book has enhanced my reading experience (I'm thinking of Sense & Sensibility with Emma Thompson). But only rarely.