(7) The original editions and Hawksworth's have Rotherhith here, though earlier in the work, Redriff is said to have been Gulliver
's home in England.
Bessie asked if I would have a book: the word BOOK acted as a transient stimulus, and I begged her to fetch Gulliver
's Travels from the library.
"Lilliputians!" ejaculated Michel; "I shall play the part of Gulliver. We are going to realize the fable of the giants.
"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
.' The remarkable power of this unique work lies partly in its perfect combination of two apparently inconsistent things, first, a story of marvelous adventure which must always remain (in the first parts) one of the most popular of children's classics; and second, a bitter satire against mankind.
Yet when we read the sad story of the life of Jonathan Swift who has in Gulliver
's Travels given to countless children, and grown- up people too, countless hours of pleasure, we are forced to believe that so he passed a great part of his life.
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.