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Summary of Gulliver’s Travels Part 2 Chapter 4

Summary of Gulliver’s Travels Part 2 Chapter 4

The country is described. A proposal for correcting modern maps is made. The king’s palace; and some account of the metropolis is given. The narrator’s way of travelling and the chief temple is described.

When the King and Queen went travelling about the country, they decided to take Gulliver along. Gulliver wrote a description of the island, the sea around the island, the city of Lorbrulgrud, the King’s palace, his [Gulliver’s] method of travel on the island, several of the island’s inhabitants, and some of the sights to see on the island.

The land stretched out for about 6,000 miles. The kingdom was bound on one side by mountains and on the other three sides by the sea. The water was so rough that there was no trade with other nations. The rivers were well stocked with giant fish, but the fish in the sea were of the same size as those in the rest of the world—and therefore not worth catching.

In describing the inhabitants of the island, Gulliver focused on their illnesses and diseases. He wrote of giant beggars, horribly deformed, with lice crawling all over them.

Gulliver was carried around the city in a special travelling-box and people always crowded around to see him. He asked to see the largest temple in the country and was not overwhelmed by its size, since at a height of 3,000 feet it was proportionally smaller than the largest steeple in England.

Finally, the dimensions of the King’s palace were described with the kitchen receiving particular attention.