How did Lilliputians feed Gulliver the man mountain?

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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In Chapter II, at the Lilliput kingdom, Gulliver describes in detail how he was fed by the teeny tiny Lilliputians as directed by their emperor. According to Gulliver, the hurgo, or "great lord" of the Lilliputians commanded that his people put ladders "to his sides", which we could assume for that body part to be "his sides", or to be his ribs. As the ladders are placed, there were hundreds of tiny Lilliputians going up the ladders and feeding him meat which they kept in baskets. The King sent those foods for Gulliver. 

I observed there was the flesh of several animals, but could not distinguish them by the taste.  There were shoulders, legs, and loins, shaped like those of mutton, and very well dressed, but smaller than the wings of a lark.  I ate them by two or three at a mouthful, and took three loaves at a time, about the bigness of musket bullets. 

The feeding process had to be done quickly, as the food was way too small for Gulliver's mouth. Gulliver made signs for wanting food or drink and the Lilliputians would oblige. They were impressed by Gulliver's size, especially with the size of his mouth.

Gulliver kept asking for hogsghead ( a drink) , but there was no more. At the end of this particular stamp, there was a celebration seemingly having to do with Gulliver himself, and he states that he is surprised by the impression that he caused. 

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hwbruce | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

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While on the ground, Gulliver signals to the Lilliputians that he is hungry and thirsty.  They placed ladders to his chest and several hundred of the Lilliputians walked to his mouth with baskets of meat.  Due to the small size, Gulliver could not determine what the meat was, but he ate nonetheless.  He then signaled that he was thirsty to which they brought two hogsheads of wine (about a pint overall).  He drank them both and then signaled for more, but they were all out.

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