Gulliver’s Travels

by: Jonathan Swift

Part II, Chapters III–V

Quotes Part II, Chapters III–V
They would not allow me to be a dwarf, because my littleness was beyond all degrees of comparison; for the Queen’s favourite dwarf, the smallest ever known in that kingdom, was near thirty feet high.
Neither indeed could I forbear smiling at my self, when the Queen used to place me upon her hand towards a looking-glass, by which both our persons appeared before me in full view together; and there could be nothing more ridiculous than the comparison: so that I really began to imagine myself dwindled many degrees below my usual size.
The whole extent of this prince’s dominions reacheth about six thousand miles in length, and from three to five in breadth: whence I cannot but conclude, that our geographers of Europe are in a great error, by supposing nothing but sea between Japan and California; for it was ever my opinion, that there must be a balance of earth to counterpoise the great continent of Tartary; and therefore they ought to correct their maps and charts, by joining this vast tract of land to the north-west parts of America, wherein I shall be ready to lend them my assistance.
But the most hateful sight of all was the lice crawling on their clothes: I could see distinctly the limbs of these vermin with my naked eye, much better than those of an European louse through a microscope, and their snouts with which they rooted like swine.