Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

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Part II, Chapters 1-2: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
The Farmer’s Servant: the giant Brobdingnagian, who picks up Gulliver and takes him to his master

The Farmer: Brobdingnagian who exhibits Gulliver as a curiosity

The Farmer’s Wife: at first disgusted by Gulliver as though he were a spider, later sympathetic to him

Glumdalclitch: meaning “little nurse” in Brobdingnagian; the farmer’s daughter, whose pet Gulliver becomes, and who continues to take care of him after he is bought by the Queen of Brobdingnag

Gulliver sails for India (specifically Surat), but his ship is blown off course by a storm; an island is discovered, and Gulliver and some other men go to the island in one of the ship’s boats. Gulliver walks toward the interior of the island, but he suddenly sees the other men running toward the ship’s boat. They row out to the ship, leaving Gulliver behind; they are being chased by a “huge creature.” Gulliver flees and sees giant plants and then a man as tall as a church steeple. He and other giants are reaping enormous crops; he realizes that he is now in the same position with respect to these giants as the Lilliputians had been with respect to him. One of the reapers literally picks Gulliver up, puts him in his pocket, and takes him to the farmer whose servant he is. Gulliver again cooperates, as he had done in Lilliput. He steps into the farmer’s handkerchief and frightens the farmer’s wife, who is disgusted as if Gulliver were a spider. Later she becomes sympathetic to him. Gulliver sees the farmer’s family, including three children and an old grandmother. He refuses to be frightened by the farmer’s cat, although the animal seems to Gulliver to be three times the size of an ox. Gulliver sees the ugliness of people seen, in effect, at very close range, because they are gigantic from his viewpoint. He fights with Brobdingnagian rats.

In Chapter Two, Gulliver describes the farmer’s daughter, who takes care of him. She calls him “Grildrig,” or mannikin, while he calls her “Glimdalclitch,” or little nurse in the Brobdingnagian language. Gulliver learns more of the language, and hears that the farmer intends to exhibit Gulliver for money as a public spectacle, which saddens Gulliver. His master takes Gulliver in a box to the neighboring town, where he does tricks before about thirty people at a time. He is later taken to the capital of the...

(The entire section is 623 words.)