While the Lilliputians tie Gulliver down and shoot him with tiny (but painful) arrows, they also feed him immense (to them) amounts of meat and bread, which they dump into his mouth out of large baskets. It turns out, however, that the Lilliputian emperor has commanded that a sleeping potion be put into the wine, and so Gulliver falls fast asleep again. He is housed at the island's temple, and eventually, he becomes an important figure in Lilliputian politics. They enlist his aid in their war against the neighboring island of Blefuscu, and when he refuses to destroy that nation's entire fleet he becomes embroiled in a bitter political dispute on the island. He leaves the island and is picked up by a British ship, which carries him (temporarily) home.