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Titel: Nieuwe leerwijze der Engelsche taal
Deel: Tweede cursus
Auteur: Gerdes, E.
Uitgave: Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1856
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: P.B. 580 : 1e dr. (dl. II)
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gold, are of more value than all the wealth in your ma-
jesty's coffers.
Eound his waist was a belt made of the skin of some
unknown animal, from which hung a sword, the length
of nine men; on his right side was a bag, containing two
cells, in one of which were several balls as big as a
man's head, and which we were scarce able to lift; the
other was filled with black grains, about fifty of which
we could hold in the palms of our hands.
When this inventory was read over, the king desired
Mr. Gulliver to give up the several particulars; he the-
refore first took his scimitar out of the scabbard, and
waving it backward and forward, the reflection of the
sun greatly dazzled the eyes of the beholders. The next
thing he demanded, was one of the hollow iron pillars;
Mr. Gulliver took it out of his pocket, and charging it
with powder only, he let it off in the air; on which
hundreds of the Lilliputians fell on the ground as if they
had been dead, and even the emperor was greatly con-
founded. His pistols were then delivered up, together
with the pouch of powder and bullets, after begging that
the former might be kept from the fire, for fear his im-
perial majesty's palace might be blown into the air. The
emperor being desirous of seeing his watch, two of the
yeomen of the guards slung it across a pole, as the dray-
men do a barrel of beer in England; and he and the
learned men were amazed at the noise it made, and at
the motion of the minute hand. His money, knife, razor,
comb, etc. were then given up. His scimitar, pistols,
and pouch were conveyed by broad-wheel waggons to
the king's stores, but the rest of the things were restored.
Mr. Gulliver's gentle behaviour gained the good opinion
of the emperor, the army, and the people in general;
they became less apprehensive of danger from him, and