Gulliver


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Gul·li·ver

 (gŭl′ə-vər)
n.
An Englishman who travels to the imaginary lands of Lilliput, Brobdingnag, and Laputa and the country of the Houyhnhnms in Jonathan Swift's satire Gulliver's Travels (1726).
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Noun1.Gulliver - a fictional Englishman who travels to the imaginary land of Lilliput in a satirical novel by Jonathan SwiftGulliver - a fictional Englishman who travels to the imaginary land of Lilliput in a satirical novel by Jonathan Swift
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Yet, when this cherished volume was now placed in my hand--when I turned over its leaves, and sought in its marvellous pictures the charm I had, till now, never failed to find--all was eerie and dreary; the giants were gaunt goblins, the pigmies malevolent and fearful imps, Gulliver a most desolate wanderer in most dread and dangerous regions.
ejaculated Michel; "I shall play the part of Gulliver.
One moment, Michel," answered Barbicane; "if you wish to play the part of Gulliver, only visit the inferior planets, such as Mercury, Venus, or Mars, whose density is a little less than that of the earth; but do not venture into the great planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune; for there the order will be changed, and you will become Lilliputian.
In 1726 (seven years after 'Robinson Crusoe') appeared Swift's masterpiece, the only one of his works still widely known, namely, 'The Travels of Lemuel Gulliver.
There are deferential people in a dozen callings whom my Lady Dedlock suspects of nothing but prostration before her, who can tell you how to manage her as if she were a baby, who do nothing but nurse her all their lives, who, humbly affecting to follow with profound subservience, lead her and her whole troop after them; who, in hooking one, hook all and bear them off as Lemuel Gulliver bore away the stately fleet of the majestic Lilliput.
He believed himself transported into that famous country of giants into which Gulliver afterward went and was so frightened; and yet he had not gained the goal, for there were still the landing place and the antechamber.
As a black man never travels with a white one, there is also a negro car; which is a great, blundering, clumsy chest, such as Gulliver put to sea in, from the kingdom of Brobdingnag.
All the time you were out, I felt like Gulliver with the Lilliputians firing upon him.
He withdrew the finger that was still thrust between the pages of Gulliver, opened the book, and ran his eye down the list of chapters, as though he were about to select the one most suitable for reading aloud.
He was a quick fellow, and when hot from play, would toss himself in a corner, and in five minutes be deep in any sort of book that he could lay his hands on: if it were Rasselas or Gulliver, so much the better, but Bailey's Dictionary would do, or the Bible with the Apocrypha in it.
Yet Stuart Gulliver, who stepped down yesterday, insisted: "HSBC are in a stronger and better position" than when he took over in 2011.
Kids can journey with Gulliver as he discovers what is really important to him in his life.