Gulliver sees the words "quinbus flestrin" on the inventory of his pockets which the Lilliputians took early in his stay in Lilliput. He says that he interprets the words to mean "great man-mountain," as a result of his huge size in comparison to the natives of this land. Later, he reads the words again in the articles of impeachment against him. Compared to the Lilliputians, Gulliver is the bigger person, so to speak, both literally and figuratively. He is, physically, many many times their size, but he is also more generous and compassionate than they are. When the emperor wants Gulliver to completely destroy the fleet of Blefuscu, a move which would allow the emperor to bring "'a free and brave people into slavery,'" Gulliver refuses him this request, inviting the emperor's ire and wrath. It shows, however, that—though Gulliver is certainly a smaller person (literally and figuratively) than many of the Brobdingnagians he meets on his next voyage—he is greater in most ways than the Lilliputians.