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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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he seemed to think of nothing but reducing Blefuscu into
a province. Mr. Gulliver, however, boldly protested,
that he would never be an instrument of bringing a brave
and free people into slavery.
This open declaration, however, was at first productive
of dislike in the emperor, and afterwards of hatred.
From this time an intrigue began between his majesty
and his ministers, that had like to have ended in poor
Gulliver's destruction.
Soon after the seizure of the Blefuscuan fleet, ambas-
sadors were sent from that nation with hnmble offers of
peace. After the > treaty was ratified, their excellencies
paid a visit to Mr. Gulliver; they complimented him upon
his valour and generosity , and in the name of their em-
peror invited him to pay a visit to their kingdom. Ac-
cordingly, the next time he saw the emperor, he desired
leave to wait on the Blefuscuan monarch, which he
granted indeed, but in a very cold manner, for Flimnap
and Bolgolam had represented his intercourse with the
ambassadors as a mark of disaffection.
It was not long, however, before he had an opportu-
nity of doing, as he thought, so signal a service as would
have put aside all suspicions of his fidelity. He was
alarmed at midnight with horrid cries, and several of the
courtiers entreated him to repair immediately to the palace,
for her majesty's apartments were on fire, by the care-
lessness of a maid of honour, who fell asleep while she
was reading a romance; Mr. Gulliver got up, and made
the best of his way to the metropolis; he might easily
have stifled the fire with the flap of his coat, but that,
in his haste, he had unfortunately left behind him.
Mr. Gulliver had, however, drank plentifully of wine;
and this, by his coming near the flames, and by his la-
bouring to quench them, began to operate, and was voided