Describe Gulliver's experience in Lilliput.

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Gulliver arrives in Lilliput accidentally, after the boat that he used to escape from his sinking ship is swamped by waves. He awakes on a beach to find himself bound by strings and surrounded by tiny Lilliputians, who are at a loss as to what to do with him. First they shoot arrows at him, causing him much irritation, but eventually Gulliver convinced the people he meant no harm, and was warmly received. The emperor lodged him in the temple, the only structure big enough to house him, and feeding him became a major state expenditure. Gulliver is eventually granted his freedom, but is ordered to stay in the kingdom by the Lilliputian emperor. He experiences the party divisions in the city between people who wear thick soles on their shoes, and those who wear thin ones, and eventually serves the Lilliputians in their war with nearby Blefuscu by capturing their tiny navy. When Gulliver refuses to completely destroy the Blefuscudian fleet, he falls out of favor with the Lilliputian emperor, and further offends the royal family by putting out a fire at the temple by urinating on it. Accused of treason (in part as a result of his decision to "make water within the precincts of the royal palace,") he leaves Lilliput for Blefuscu.


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