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A wet sheet and a flowing sea,
O for a soft and gentle wind !
There's tempest in yon hornéd moon,
heritage (hěr'it aj): that which one
inherits, or comes into by right of
birth hollow oak: ships used to be built
lee (lē): the sheltered side
the rope that ties the lower part
of the sail to the boat yon: yonder, that
GULLIVER IN LILLIPUT
There have been many stories invented, that is, made up, about make-believe places. One of the best known of these is Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift, who lived in Dublin two hundred years ago. He has his imaginary traveler, Gulliver, go first to Lilliput, where the people are about six inches high. Everything else in Lilliput is on the same scale. Then Gulliver goes to Brobdingnag, where the people are sixty feet high. There again everything is on the same scale of great size. You will enjoy reading the rest of the book, and seeing how clever the author is in carrying out his ideas.
On the fifth of November, which was the beginning of summer in the South Sea, we spied a rock within half a cable's length of the ship; but the wind was so strong that we were driven directly upon it, and immediately wrecked. Six of the 5 crew, of whom I was one, having let down the boat into the sea, succeeded in getting clear of the ship and rock.
We trusted ourselves to the mercy of the waves, and in about half an hour the boat was overturned 10
by a sudden gust from the north. What became of my companions in the boat, as well as those who escaped on the rock, I could not tell, but I concluded that they were all lost.
For my own part, I swam as fortune directed me, and was pushed forward by wind and tide. I was almost exhausted, when I suddenly found myself in shallow water; and by this time the
storm had gone down. I walked nearly a mile 10 before I got to the shore, and from there went
nearly half a mile across the country, but could not discover any sign of houses or inhabitants.
I was extremely tired, and with that, and the heat of the weather, I found myself very sleepy. 15 I lay down on the grass, which was very short
and soft, where I slept more soundly than ever I remember to have done in my life.
life. When I waked, it was just daylight. I attempted to
rise, but was not able to stir ; for as I happened 20 to lie on my back, I found my arms and legs were
strongly fastened on each side to the ground, and my hair, which was long and thick, was tied down in the same manner. I heard a confused noise
about me, but, in the position I lay, could see nothing but the sky.
In a little while I felt something alive moving on my left leg, and moving gently forward on my breast until it came almost up to my chin; then 5 turning my eyes downward as much as I could, I perceived it to be a human creature not six inches high, with a bow and arrow in his hands, and a