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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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liput and Blefuscu, with whom thej were going to war,
was, in the middle, about six feet; after being provided
with a proper quantity of cables, as tliick as packthread,
and bars of iron as thick as knitting needles, which he
bent into the form of a hook, Mr. Gulliver, in his lea-
ther jacket only, waded about thirty yards into the sea;
when being out of his depth, he swam till he felt the
bottom on the opposite shore. The enemies were so fright-
ened, that they all quitted their ships and made towards
the shore. Mr. Gulliver then took out his tacle, fastened
a hook at the prow of each ship, and then tying all the
cords together, began to pull, but not a ship would stir,
for they had all good anchorage. He therefore took out
his knife, and resolutely cut all their cables. In execu-
ting this , however, he received a prodigious number of
wounds in his hands and face, from the arrows of the
enemies. He then took up the cords to which his hooks
were tied, and with greath ease drew fifty of the enemy's
men of war after him.
The emperor, with his attendants, stood on the coast,
expecting the issue of this adventure. They saw the ships
move, but could not discern Mr. Gulliver, who was up
to his chin in water. They concludcd him to be drown-
ed , and that the enemy's fleet were approaching in a
hostile manner. However, as the sea became shallower
every step, ho was soon within hearing; and then hold-
ing up the end of the cable by which the fleet were
fastened together, he cried aloud, Long live the most
puissant emperor of Lilliput! He was received at his land-
ing with great encomiums, and created a Nardac, which
is the highest title of lionour.
His majesty desired that Mr. Gulliver would take some
future opportunity of bringing all the rest of the enemy's
ships into his ports, and his ambition was so great, that