Titel: Nieuwe leerwijze der Engelsche taal
Deel: Tweede cursus
Auteur: Gerdes, E.
Uitgave: Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1856
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The emperor, however, had frequent councils concerning
him; the court apprehended his breaking loose, that his
diet would be very expensive, and might cause a famine.
Sometimes they determined to starve him, or to shoot him
in the face and hands with poisoned arrows; but again
thej foresaw, that the stench of so large a carcase might
produce a plague in the land. In one of these consulta-
tions, an officer of the army went to the councilchamber,
and gave an account of his behaviour to the six criminals
just mentioned, which worked so favourably on the mind
of his majesty, that he issued orders for all the villages
within nine hundred yards round the city, to deliver in
every morning six beeves, four sheep, and a proper
quantity of bread and wine for his subsistence, for all
which they were paid by the treasury board. Six hun-
dred domestics were also allowed him, upon board wages,
who lived in tents on each side of the door of his house.
Three hundred tailors were employed in making him a
suit of clothes. Six men of learning attented to teach him
their language; and the emperor's horses and troops fre-
quently excercised near him, to accustom them to so huge
a sight. He soon learned enough of the language to ac-
quaint the king with his great desire of liberty, which he
repeated on his knees. But the mighty monarch informed
him, that his request could not be granted without the
advice of the council, and that he must swear peace with
him and his kingdom; and further advised, that by his
discreet behaviour he might obtain the good opinion of
him and all his subjects.
He next desired that certain officers might search him,
for probably he might have weapons about him which
might be dangerous to the state. To this Mr. Gulliver
consented, he took the two officers in his hand, and put
them first into one pocket and then into another. These