The Author meets two Houyhnhnms. His Censure of those Travellers who swerve from the Truth. The Learning of the Houyhnhnms. The Author’s Oeconomy and happy Life among the Houyhnhnms. The defectiveness of their Language. He falls into a Swoon for Grief, but submits. To clear up which, I endeavoured to give some ideas of the desire of power and riches; of the terrible effects of lust, intemperance, malice, and envy. A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms:
To return from this digression. The Author conducted by a Houyhnhnm to his House. The Author takes his last leave of the Reader: The great Civilities of the Captain. His Censure of those Travellers who swerve from the Truth. The Food of the Houyhnhnms. During this discourse, my master was pleased to interrupt me several times.
To clear up which, I endeavoured to give some ideas of the desire of power and riches; of the terrible effects of lust, intemperance, malice, and envy. The Author relates several Particulars of the Yahoos. The Author clears himself of any sinister Ends in writing. The Author arrives at England. And I remember, in frequent discourses with my master concerning the nature of manhood in other parts of the world, having occasion to talk of lying and false representation, it was with much difficulty that he comprehended what I meant, although he had otherwise a most acute judgment.
The Learning of the Houyhnhnms. The Author begins to explain the English Constitiution. But it is travsls to express his noble resentment at our savage treatment of the Houyhnhnm race; particularly after I had explained the manner and use of castrating horses among us, to hinder them from propagating their kind, thr to render them more servile. The Causes of War among the Princes of Europe.
Power, government, war, law, punishment, and a thousand other things, had no terms wherein that language could express them, which made the difficulty almost insuperable, to give my master any conception of what I meant. The defectiveness of their Language. The Author takes his last leave of the Reader: This labour took up several days’ conversation, before he was able to comprehend me. Retrieved February 26,from https: He Travels up in the Country.
The great Virtues of the Houyhnhnms. All this I gul,iver forced to define and describe by putting cases and making suppositions. So that, supposing us to have the gift of reason, he could not see how it were possible to cure that natural antipathy, which every creature discovered against us; nor consequently how we could tame and render them serviceable.
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For he argued thus: Traels, considering the frame of our bodies, and especially of mine, he thought no creature of equal bulk was so ill—contrived for employing that traveks in movir common offices of life;” whereupon he desired to know “whether those among whom I lived resembled me, or the Yahoos of his country?
The Author gives a more particular Account of himself, and the Accidents of his Voyage. The Education and Exercise of their Youth. But the common race of horses had not so good fortune, being kept by farmers and carriers, and other mean people, who put them to greater labour, and fed them worse.
The Author studious to learn the Language, the Houyhnhnm, his Master assists in teaching him. However, he would,” as he said, “debate the matter no farther, because he was more desirous to know my ghe story, the country where I was born, and the several actions and events of my life, before I came hither.
Is seized by Force into a Portugueze Ship. Several Houyhnhnms of Quality come out of Curiosity to see the Author.
During this discourse, my master was pleased to interrupt me several off. Authors Books Genres Collections Readability. It put me to the pains of many circumlocutions, to give my master a right idea of what I spoke; for their language does not abound in variety of words, because their wants and passions are fewer fhe among us. He contrives and finishes a Canoo, by the help of a Fellow-Servant, and puts to Sea at a venture.
When I asserted that the Yahoos were the only governing animals in my country, which my master said was altogether past his conception, he desired to know, “whether we had Houyhnhnms among us, and what was their employment?
He was wholly at a loss to know what could be the use or necessity of practising those vices. His gives his Master a short Account of his Voyage. I added, “that we fastened plates of a certain hard substance, called iron, at the bottom of their feet, to preserve their hoofs from being broken by the stony ways, on which we often travelled. His Censure of those Travellers who swerve from the Truth.
The Houyhnhnm notion of Truth and Falsehood. His Native Country commended.
A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms
The Food of the Houyhnhnms. To return from this digression. A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms: Some were undone by lawsuits; others spent all they had in drinking, whoring, and gaming; others fled for treason; many for murder, theft, poisoning, robbery, perjury, forgery, coining false money, for committing rapes, or sodomy; for flying from their colours, or deserting to the enemy; and most of them had broken prison; none of these durst return to their native countries, for fear of being hanged, or of starving in a jail; and therefore they were under the necessity of seeking a livelihood in other places.
After which, like one whose imagination was struck with something never seen or heard of before, he would lift up his eyes with amazement and indignation. His Master’s Observations upon human Nature. His Design in publishing this Work. The Yahoos a strange Sort of Animal described. Is wounded with an Arrow by one the Natives.
The Author meets two Houyhnhnms. The Author’s dangerous Voyage. The Author in Distress for Want of Meat, is at last relieved. He arrives at Hew-Holland, hoping to settle there. The Method of planting Colonies. His great Improvement in Virtue, by conversing with them.
I told him “he should be obeyed. I said, “my birth was of honest parents, in an island called England; which was remote from his country, as many days’ journey as the strongest of bouyhnhnms honour’s servants could travel in the annual course of the sun; that I was bred a surgeon, whose trade it is to cure wounds and hurts in the body, gotten by accident or violence; that my country was governed by a female man, whom we called queen; that I left it to get riches, whereby I might maintain myself and family, when I should return; that, in my last voyage, I was commander of the ship, and had about fifty Yahoos under me, many of which died at sea, and I was forced to supply them by others picked out from several nations; that our ship voyag twice in danger of being sunk, the first time by a great storm, and the second by striking against a rock.
He knew not what could be the use of those several travesl and divisions in my feet behind; that these were too soft to bear the hardness and sharpness of stones, without a covering made from the skin of paft other brute; that my whole body wanted a fence against heat and cold, which I was forced to put on and off every novie, with tediousness and trouble: A grand Debate at the General Assembly of the Houyhnhnms, and how it was determined.