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Chapter II.5
[Several adventurers that happened to the author. The execution of a criminal. The author
shows his skill in navigation.]
I should have lived happy enough in that country, if my littleness had not exposed me to
several ridiculous and troublesome accidents; some of which I shall venture to relate.
Glumdalclitch often carried me into the gardens of the court in my smaller box, and
would sometimes take me out of it, and hold me in her hand, or set me down to walk. I
remember, before the dwarf left the queen, he followed us one day into those gardens,
and my nurse having set me down, he and I being close together, near some dwarf apple
trees, I must needs show my wit, by a silly allusion between him and the trees, which
happens to hold in their language as it does in ours. Whereupon, the malicious rogue,
watching his opportunity, when I was walking under one of them, shook it directly over
my head, by which a dozen apples, each of them near as large as a Bristol barrel, came
tumbling about my ears; one of them hit me on the back as I chanced to stoop, and
knocked me down flat on my face; but I received no other hurt, and the dwarf was
pardoned at my desire, because I had given the provocation.
Another day, Glumdalclitch left me on a smooth grass-plot to divert myself, while she
walked at some distance with her governess. In the meantime, there suddenly fell such a
violent shower of hail, that I was immediately by the force of it, struck to the ground: and
when I was down, the hailstones gave me such cruel bangs all over the body, as if I had
been pelted with tennis-balls; however, I made a shift to creep on all fours, and shelter
myself, by lying flat on my face, on the lee-side of a border of lemon-thyme, but so
bruised from head to foot, that I could not go abroad in ten days. Neither is this at all to
be wondered at, because nature, in that country, observing the same proportion through
all her operations, a hailstone is near eighteen hundred times as large as one in Europe;
which I can assert upon experience, having been so curious as to weigh and measure
But a more dangerous accident happened to me in the same garden, when my little nurse,
believing she had put me in a secure place (which I often entreated her to do, that I might
enjoy my own thoughts,) and having left my box at home, to avoid the trouble of carrying
it, went to another part of the garden with her governess and some ladies of her
acquaintance. While she was absent, and out of hearing, a small white spaniel that
belonged to one of the chief gardeners, having got by accident into the garden, happened
to range near the place where I lay: the dog, following the scent, came directly up, and
taking me in his mouth, ran straight to his master wagging his tail, and set me gently on
the ground. By good fortune he had been so well taught, that I was carried between his
teeth without the least hurt, or even tearing my clothes. But the poor gardener, who knew
me well, and had a great kindness for me, was in a terrible fright: he gently took me up in
both his hands, and asked me how I did? but I was so amazed and out of breath, that I
could not speak a word. In a few minutes I came to myself, and he carried me safe to my
little nurse, who, by this time, had returned to the place where she left me, and was in