Titel: Nieuwe leerwijze der Engelsche taal
Deel: Tweede cursus
Auteur: Gerdes, E.
Uitgave: Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1856
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graciously ordered him to rise; and after many expressi-
ons of friendship, told him, that he hoped he would
prove a useful servant, and deserve the favours he had
already, or might hereafter confer upon him. — The
wall of the city of Mildendo is two feet and a half high,
and seven inches broad, so that a coach may be driven
upon the top of it, and there are strong towers at the
distance of every ten feet. IMr. Gulliver easily strode over
the wall, and went carefully through the principal streets
in his waist-coat only, for fear the skirts of his coat
might damage the roofs and eaves of the houses. The
garret windows, and the tops of the houses were so crowd-
ed with spectators, that Mr. Gulliver imagined the city
must contain at least five hundred thousand souls. Some
of the houses are five stories high, the markets well pro-
vided , and the shops very rich. The city is an exact
square of five hundred feet; two great streets, which
divide it into quarters, are five feet wide; the lanes and
allies are from twelve to eighteen inches. The emperor's
palace, which is in the centre, is inclosed by a wall two
feet high; the outward court is a vast square of forty
feet, and here stand the royal apartments. These, Mr.
Gulliver, by lying down upon his side, and applying his
face to the windows, had the pleasure of viewing, and
he found them more splendid than could be imagined.
He saw the empress and the young princes in their se-
veral lodgings, and her majesty was pleased to put her
hand out of the window for him to kiss. Mr. Gulliver
having been informed by the king's secretary that they
were going to war with a neighbouring nation, communi-
cated to the emperor a project he had formed of seizing
the enemy's whole fleet while it lay at anchor in the
harbour, and ready to sail with the first fair wind. The
depth of the channel that divided the two islands of Lil-