Titel: Nieuwe leerwijze der Engelsche taal
Deel: Tweede cursus
Auteur: Gerdes, E.
Uitgave: Amsterdam: P.N. van Kampen, 1856
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in such a quantity, and was so properly applied, that in
three minutes the fire was totally finished.
Chapter III.
The common size of the natives is about six inclies,
and there is the same proportion in all their animals,
plants, and trees; their horses and oxen are four or five
inches high; their sheep an inch and a half, their geese
the bigness of a beetle, and so on. Their tallest trees
are about seven feet high, and a good handsome cabbage
is about as big as a common horse-bean.
Their manner of writing is very peculiar, being neither
from the right hand to the left, nor from the left hand
to the right, nor from the top to the bottom: but aslant
from one corner of the paper to the other, as the ladies
in England generally write.
Mr. Gulliver's suit of servants was very numerous: he
had three hundred cooks to dress his victuals. He used
to place twenty waiters upon the table, a hundred more
attended on the ground, some with dishes of meat, and
some with wine. A shoulder of mutton was one mouthful,
and a barrel or liquor a reasonable draught. Once indeed
he had a sirloin of beef so immensely large, that he made
three bits of it. The geese and turkies were a scanty
mouthful, and of their smaller fowl he frequently took up
twenty or thirty at a time upon the end of his knife.
Flimnap, the treasurer, was always a mortal enemy to
Mr. Gulliver. He represented to the emperor the low
condition of the treasury; and, in short, went so far as
to inform him, that the man-mountain had cost his majesty
above a million of money in eating and drinking, and
that it was highly advisable, that the first fair opportu-
nity should be taken of dismissing him.