several - mehrere, einige, verschiedene, checkeinige

remote - ferngesteuert; fern, entfernt, abgelegen, fernbetrieb

nations - Nationen; Staat, Nation, Volk

Jonathan - Jonathan, Jonathan

swift - Mauersegler; schnell; Segler; Garnwinde


captain - Stabshauptmann, Kapitän zur See, Kapitän, Flugkapitän

Written in the Year 1727.

I hope you will be ready to own publicly, whenever you shall be called to it, that by your great and frequent urgency you prevailed on me to publish a very loose and uncorrect account of my travels, with directions to hire some young gentleman of either university to put them in order, and correct the style, as my cousin Dampier did, by my advice, in his book called "A Voyage round the world." But I do not remember I gave you power to consent that any thing should be omitted, and much less that any thing should be inserted; therefore, as to the latter, I do here renounce every thing of that kind; particularly a paragraph about her majesty Queen Anne, of most pious and glorious memory; although I did reverence and esteem her more than any of human species. But you, or your interpolator, ought to have considered, that it was not my inclination, so was it not decent to praise any animal of our composition before my master Houyhnhnm: And besides, the fact was altogether false; for to my knowledge, being in England during some part of her majesty's reign, she did govern by a chief minister; nay even by two successively, the first whereof was the lord of Godolphin, and the second the lord of Oxford; so that you have made me say the thing that was not. Likewise in the account of the academy of projectors, and several passages of my discourse to my master Houyhnhnm, you have either omitted some material circumstances, or minced or changed them in such a manner, that I do hardly know my own work. When I formerly hinted to you something of this in a letter, you were pleased to answer that you were afraid of giving offence; that people in power were very watchful over the press, and apt not only to interpret, but to punish every thing which looked like an innuendo (as I think you call it). But, pray how could that which I spoke so many years ago, and at about five thousand leagues distance, in another reign, be applied to any of the Yahoos, who now are said to govern the herd; especially at a time when I little thought, or feared, the unhappiness of living under them?

publicly - öffentlich

whenever - wann auch immer

shall - sollen

frequent - häufig; aufsuchen

urgency - Dringlichkeit

prevailed - sich durchgesetzt; erman: die Vorherrschaft erringen (''over'' über)

publish - herausgeben, publizieren, veröffentlichen

loose - verlassen, lose, locker

uncorrect - unkorrekt

account - Rechnung, Bericht, Rechnung, Konto

directions - Richtungen; Richtung, Führung, Regie

hire - einstellen; leihen, Entgelt, anstellen, mieten; dingen

gentleman - Herr; Herr, meine Herren

either - auch nicht; beide; auch, ebenso, ebenfalls, entweder, entweder

Voyage - Die Reise; Reise

round - runden; Kontrollgang, Runde, Rundgang, rund

power - Macht, Kraft, Großmacht, Stärke, Strom

consent - zustimmen, einwilligen, Zustimmung, Konsens, Einverständnis

omitted - ausgelassen; weglassen, auslassen

inserted - eingefügt; einsetzen, einfügen, einwerfen, Beilage

therefore - deswegen, deshalb, darum, also (folglich), daher

renounce - sich distanzieren, sich verleugnen, verzichten;einer Sache abschwören

particularly - besonders

Majesty - Majestät

Queen - Königin; Dame; Tunte; Kätzin

pious - fromm, pietätvoll, scheinheilig

glorious - ruhmvoll, glorreich, herrlich, prachtvoll

memory - Gedächtnis; Erinnerung; Speicher

although - obwohl, obschon, trotzdem

reverence - Ehrfurcht, Bewunderung, Verehrung, Hochachtung, Ehrerbietung

esteem - Achtung, Ansehen, Wertschätzung, schätzen

human - menschlich

species - Arten; Hartgeld

considered - berücksichtigt; überlegen, überlegen, halten, betrachten

inclination - Neigung

decent - anständig, sittsam, (ganz) anständig

Praise - Gelobt; Lob; loben, preisen

composition - Zusammenstellung; Zusammensetzung, Komposition

Master - Haupt.., Grund, Meister, führend, leitend; bewältigen, meistern

besides - Außerdem; neben, neben

altogether - ganz und gar, ohne Ausnahme, ausnahmslos, insgesamt

my knowledge - meines Wissens, soviel ich weiß

reign - Herrschaft, Regentschaft, herrschen, regieren

govern - regieren, steuern, regulieren, lenken, regeln

chief - Häuptling, Oberhaupt, Chef

minister - Gesandter, Pastor, Minister

Nay - Nein; oder sogar

successively - nacheinander

whereof - wovon

Lord - Gebieter; Herr; herrschen

Oxford - Oxford, Ochsenfurt

likewise - ebenfalls

Academy - Akademie, akademische Einrichtung

projectors - Projektoren; Projektor

passages - Passagen; Durchfahrt, Ăśbergang, Gang

discourse - Diskurs, Abhandlung, Gespräch, reden, Rede halten

material - materiell; Material, Rohstoff

circumstances - Umstände; Umstand, Umstand

minced - Hackfleisch

such - solch, derartig, so ein

manner - Art und Weise; Weise, Manier

hardly - hart, rau, kaum

Formerly - früher, ehemals

hinted - angedeutet; Hinweis, Tipp, Wink, Fingerzeig, Anleitung

offence - Vergehen; Angriff, Verstoß (gegen), Beleidigung

watchful - wachsam

press - Presse (Maschine), Presse (Zeitung); drängen, drücken

apt - passend; Hochgeschwindigkeitszug; geeignet, begabt

Interpret - interpretieren; dolmetschen, übersetzen

punish - bestrafen

innuendo - Anspielung

Pray - Bitte bedenken Sie doch!; beten

leagues - Ligen; Liga, Spielklasse, Bund

distance - Distanz, Entfernung, Abstand, Ferne, Weite, entfernen

applied - angewendet; zutreffen, auflegen, anwenden, anlegen

herd - Herde

especially - besonders, extra, speziell, außergewöhnlich, originell

feared - gefürchtet; fürchten, befürchten, Angst haben; Furcht, Schreck

unhappiness - unglücklich; Traurigkeit, Unglück

Have not I the most reason to complain, when I see these very Yahoos carried by Houyhnhnms in a vehicle, as if they were brutes, and those the rational creatures? And indeed to avoid so monstrous and detestable a sight was one principal motive of my retirement hither.

complain - sich beschweren, klagen, sich beklagen, meckern

vehicle - Fahrzeug, Gefährt, Vehikel, Wagen

brutes - Bestien; Tier, brutaler Kerl, brutal, Vieh

those - die; jene

rational - vernünftig

creatures - Kreaturen; Wesen

indeed - tatsächlich; in der Tat, genau, allerdings, checkgewiss

avoid - ausweichen; meiden, fernbleiben, vermeiden, entkräften

monstrous - ungeheuerlich, monströs, grotesk, monsterhaft, monsterartig

detestable - verabscheuungswürdig

sight - Sehenswürdigkeit, Gesicht, Visier, erblicken, anvisieren

principal - Auftraggeber; hauptsächlich, Haupt-, wesentlich, Rektor

motive - Motiv, Beweggrund

retirement - Rente, Ruhestand, Lebensabend

hither - her, hierher, hierhin

Thus much I thought proper to tell you in relation to yourself, and to the trust I reposed in you.

thus - also; auf diese Weise, so, demnach, folglich, dieses

proper - richtig, passend, angemessen, eigentlich, Eigenname

relation - Beziehung; Relation; Verwandter, Verwandte, Verwandtschaft

trust - Vertrauen, Hoffnung, Trust, anschreiben

reposed - aufbewahrt; ruhen

I do, in the next place, complain of my own great want of judgment, in being prevailed upon by the entreaties and false reasoning of you and some others, very much against my own opinion, to suffer my travels to be published. Pray bring to your mind how often I desired you to consider, when you insisted on the motive of public good, that the Yahoos were a species of animals utterly incapable of amendment by precept or example: and so it has proved; for, instead of seeing a full stop put to all abuses and corruptions, at least in this little island, as I had reason to expect; behold, after above six months warning, I cannot learn that my book has produced one single effect according to my intentions. I desired you would let me know, by a letter, when party and faction were extinguished; judges learned and upright; pleaders honest and modest, with some tincture of common sense, and Smithfield blazing with pyramids of law books; the young nobility's education entirely changed; the physicians banished; the female Yahoos abounding in virtue, honour, truth, and good sense; courts and levees of great ministers thoroughly weeded and swept; wit, merit, and learning rewarded; all disgracers of the press in prose and verse condemned to eat nothing but their own cotton, and quench their thirst with their own ink.

judgment - Urteil; Urteilsvermögen; Beurteilung; Richtspruch

upon - auf; mit

entreaties - Bitten; Flehen

against - gegen, mit, wider

suffer - leiden; erleiden

published - veröffentlicht; herausgeben, publizieren, veröffentlichen

mind - Verstand, Geist, Sinn, Bewusstsein, Gedächtnis, Gedanken

desired - gewünscht; begehren, begehren, Begehren

Consider - überlegen; halten; betrachten, in Betracht ziehen

insisted - darauf bestanden; auf , bestehen

public - öffentlich; Publikum, Öffentlichkeit

utterly - völlig

incapable - nicht fähig; unfähig

amendment - Änderung, Gesetzesänderung, Novelle, Abänderung, Nachbesserung

precept - Gebot, Vorschrift, Grundsatz, Maxime

proved - er/sie hat/hatte bewiesen, beweisen, erhärten

instead - stattdessen, anstatt

abuses - Missbräuche; missbrauchen, beschimpfen; Missbrauch, Schmähung

corruptions - Korruptionen; Verderbnis

expect - erwarten

behold - betrachten, sehen, schauen, anschauen

warning - Warnung, Mahnung, Achtung; (warn); warnen, mahnen

produced - produziert; produzieren, herstellen, vorlegen, produzieren

single - einzeln, einzig, allein, einheitlich

effect - Auswirkung, Eindruck, Effekt, Kraft

according - nach; Übereinstimmung, Einvernehmen

intentions - Absichten; Absicht

faction - Fraktion; Splitterpartei

extinguished - ausgelöscht; löschen, auslöschen, auslöschen, abschalten

judges - urteilen (nach), richten; Richter, Jurist

upright - aufrecht; hochkant

pleaders - Bittsteller; Verteidiger

honest - ehrlich, aufrichtig; (hon); ehrlich, aufrichtig

modest - bescheiden, maßvoll, klein, gering; (mod); bescheiden, maßvoll

tincture - Tinktur

sense - Sinn; Gefühl, Verstand, Bedeutung, wahrnehmen, empfinden

blazing - lodernd; Lohe, Brand, Großbrand, brenne, Glut

wit - Witz; nämlich, und zwar

pyramids - Pyramiden; Pyramide, Pyramide

law - Gesetz, Jura, Rechtswissenschaft

nobility - Adel, Aristokratie, Nobilität, Adeligkeit, Blaublütigkeit

education - Ausbildung, Erziehung, Schulung, Unterricht

entirely - vollständig; ganz, total, entirely

physicians - Ärzten; Arzt, Ärztin, Mediziner, Medizinerin, Doktor, Doktorin

banished - verbannt; verbannen, herauswerfen, vertreiben

female - weiblich; Weib, Weibchen

abounding - im Überfluss; in

virtue - Tugend; Keuschheit

honour - Ehrung, Ehre; ehren; beehren, akzeptieren, annehmen, honorieren

truth - Wahrheit, Treue

Courts - Gerichte; Hof, Hof, Hof, Hofstaat, Hof, Gericht

levees - Dämme; Morgenempfang, Damm

ministers - Ministerinnen und Minister; Gesandter, Pastor, Minister

thoroughly - gründlich, vollkommen, total, durch und durch

weeded - Unkraut jäten; aussondern, ausscheiden

swept - gekehrt; fegen, kehren, fegen, rauschen, auf den Kopf stellen

merit - Verdienst

rewarded - belohnt; Belohnung, Lohn

prose - Prosa

verse - Strophe

condemned - Verurteilt; verurteilen, verurteilen, verdammen, verurteilen

cotton - Baumwolle

quench - Abschrecken; stillen, löschen, ablöschen, verlöschen

thirst - Durst; dürsten

ink - Tinte

These, and a thousand other reformations, I firmly counted upon by your encouragement; as indeed they were plainly deducible from the precepts delivered in my book. And it must be owned, that seven months were a sufficient time to correct every vice and folly to which Yahoos are subject, if their natures had been capable of the least disposition to virtue or wisdom. Yet, so far have you been from answering my expectation in any of your letters; that on the contrary you are loading our carrier every week with libels, and keys, and reflections, and memoirs, and second parts; wherein I see myself accused of reflecting upon great state folk; of degrading human nature (for so they have still the confidence to style it), and of abusing the female sex. I find likewise that the writers of those bundles are not agreed among themselves; for some of them will not allow me to be the author of my own travels; and others make me author of books to which I am wholly a stranger.

reformations - Reformen; Reformation, Reform

firmly - sicher, fest

counted - gezählt; rechnen, abzählen, zählen

encouragement - Ermutigung

plainly - klar und deutlich; klar

deducible - ableitbar

precepts - Gebote; Gebot, Vorschrift, Grundsatz, Maxime

delivered - geliefert; erlösen, befreien, gebären, liefern, abliefern

sufficient - genügend, ausreichend, hinreichend

vice - Laster; der Schraubstock

folly - Wahnsinn; Torheit, Narrheit, Dummheit, Tollheit

natures - Naturen; Natur, Natur, Art

capable - fähig

disposition - Neigung, Gesinnung, Hang, Veranlagung, Einteilung

wisdom - Weisheit

expectation - Erwartung

contrary - entgegengesetzt, gegenläufig, entgegenstehend, ungünstig

loading - Ladung, Laden; (load); Ladung, Laden

carrier - Träger; Frachtunternehmen; Trägersignal, Überträger

libels - Verleumdungen; Verleumdung, Verleumdung

reflections - Überlegungen; Reflexion, Abbild

Memoirs - Memoiren-p, Lebenserinnerungen-p

wherein - worin

myself - mich selbst; mich

accused - beschuldigt; beschuldigen, anklagen

reflecting - reflektieren, zurückspiegeln, spiegeln, sich spiegeln

state - Umstände ;Status , Zustand , Stand , Staat ;staatlich;darlegen, festlegen, konstatieren, festsetzen;Bundesland

folk - Volk

degrading - erniedrigend; degradieren, herabstufen, herunterstufen

confidence - Selbstgewissheit; Zuversicht; Vertrauen, Zutrauen

abusing - missbrauchen, beschimpfen; Missbrauch, Schmähung

sex - Alter, Geschlecht, Wohnort?, Geschlecht

bundles - Bündel

among themselves - untereinander

allow - erlauben, zulassen, akzeptieren, mit einberechnen

author - Autor, Autorin, Verfasser, Verfasserin

wholly - ganz

Stranger - Ein Fremder; Fremde, Fremdling

I hear some of our sea Yahoos find fault with my sea-language, as not proper in many parts, nor now in use. I cannot help it. In my first voyages, while I was young, I was instructed by the oldest mariners, and learned to speak as they did. But I have since found that the sea Yahoos are apt, like the land ones, to become new-fangled in their words, which the latter change every year; insomuch, as I remember upon each return to my own country their old dialect was so altered, that I could hardly understand the new.

find fault with - mäkeln

nor - weder noch, auch nicht

in use - gebräuchlich

voyages - Fahrten; Reise

instructed - belehrt; instruieren, briefen, anweisen

mariners - Seemänner; Schiffer

Since - Seit wann; seitdem, seither, weil, da

insomuch - insoweit

dialect - Dialekt, Mundart

altered - Verändert; verändern, ändern, wandeln, modifizieren, abändern

And I observe, when any Yahoo comes from London out of curiosity to visit me at my house, we neither of us are able to deliver our conceptions in a manner intelligible to the other.

observe - beobachten; beachten, halten, bemerken

curiosity - Neugier, Neugierde, Kuriosität, Kuriosum

neither - weder; weder X noch Y; keiner, keines

deliver - erlösen, befreien, gebären, liefern, abliefern

conceptions - Konzeptionen; Empfängnis, Vorstellung, Konzeption

intelligible - Verständlich

If the censure of the Yahoos could any way affect me, I should have great reason to complain, that some of them are so bold as to think my book of travels a mere fiction out of mine own brain, and have gone so far as to drop hints, that the Houyhnhnms and Yahoos have no more existence than the inhabitants of Utopia.

censure - Misstrauen; Tadel, Zurechtweisung, Kritik, Ermahnung

affect - beeinflussen; beeinträchtigen, eine Vorliebe haben für, bewohnen

bold - kräftig, kühn, klar, keck, heftig, deutlich, fett

mere - einfach; nur, schier, bloß

fiction - Fiktion, Belletristik, Erfindung

mine - mein, meiner

brain - Gehirn, Superhirn, Intelligenzbestie, Kopf, Verstand, Köpfchen

drop - fallen lassen, senken, weglassen, aufgeben

hints - Hinweise; Hinweis, Tipp, Wink, Fingerzeig, Anleitung, Andeutung

existence - Existenz, Dasein

inhabitants - Einwohner, Einwohnerin, Bewohner, Bewohnerin

Utopia - Utopie

Indeed I must confess, that as to the people of Lilliput, Brobdingrag (for so the word should have been spelt, and not erroneously Brobdingnag), and Laputa, I have never yet heard of any Yahoo so presumptuous as to dispute their being, or the facts I have related concerning them; because the truth immediately strikes every reader with conviction. And is there less probability in my account of the Houyhnhnms or Yahoos, when it is manifest as to the latter, there are so many thousands even in this country, who only differ from their brother brutes in Houyhnhnmland, because they use a sort of jabber, and do not go naked?

confess - gestehen, bekennen, verraten, beichten

erroneously - irrtümlich

presumptuous - anmaßend

dispute - Streit, Disput, Debatte, erörtern, bestreiten

related - verwandt; sich beziehen, erzählen, berichten

concerning - Was bedeutet das; Sorge, Anliegen

immediately - sofort, alsbald, unverzüglich, auf der Stelle

strikes - Streiks; streichen, schlagen, prägen, streiken, scheinen

conviction - Überzeugung; Verurteilung

probability - Wahrscheinlichkeit

manifest - manifest; Ladungsliste; Manifest; manifestieren

differ - sich unterscheiden

sort - Sortierung, Gattung, Art, Sorte; sortieren, ordnen

jabber - plappern

naked - nackt, kahl, bloß

I wrote for their amendment, and not their approbation. The united praise of the whole race would be of less consequence to me, than the neighing of those two degenerate Houyhnhnms I keep in my stable; because from these, degenerate as they are, I still improve in some virtues without any mixture of vice.

approbation - Zustimmung, Genehmigung, Billigung

United - Vereint; vereinen

race - um die Wette rennen; Rasse, Menschenschlag, Rennen

consequence - Konsequenz, Folge

neighing - Wiehern

degenerate - entartet; widernatürlich, dekadent, degeneriert, Asozialer

stable - stabil; Rennstall (Pferdesport); dauerhaft, beständig, Stall

virtues - Tugenden; Tugend, Tugend, Keuschheit, Tugend

mixture - Mischung

Do these miserable animals presume to think, that I am so degenerated as to defend my veracity?

miserable - unglücklich; elend, erbärmlich, jämmerlich, miserabel

presume - annehmen, mutmaßen, vermuten

degenerated - entartet, widernatürlich, dekadent, degeneriert, entartet

defend - verteidigen

veracity - Wahrhaftigkeit; Aufrichtigkeit

Yahoo as I am, it is well known through all Houyhnhnmland, that, by the instructions and example of my illustrious master, I was able in the compass of two years (although I confess with the utmost difficulty) to remove that infernal habit of lying, shuffling, deceiving, and equivocating, so deeply rooted in the very souls of all my species; especially the Europeans.

instructions - Anweisungen; Unterricht, Anweisung, Anweisung, Assemblerbefehl

illustrious - erlaucht; glorreich

compass - Kompass

utmost - äußerst, höchst, Äußerstes, Möglichstes

difficulty - Schwierigkeiten; Schwierigkeit

remove - entfernen; beseitigen; verdrängen; umziehen

infernal - höllisch, infernalisch, Höllen-, checkinfernalisch

habit - Gepflogenheit, Angewohnheit

lying - Lügen; liegend; (lie) Lügen; liegend

shuffling - schlurfend, schiebend; (shuffle); Mischen, Mischeln, Schlurfen

deceiving - betrügen, täuschen

equivocating - zweideutig reden

deeply - tief; zutiefst

rooted - verwurzelt; wurzeln; Haupt, Wurzel, Nullstelle [math.]

souls - Seelen; Inbrunst, Seele, Gefühl, Herz

Europeans - europäisch, Europäer, Europäerin

I have other complaints to make upon this vexatious occasion; but I forbear troubling myself or you any further.

complaints - Beschwerden; Klage, Anzeige, Monierung, Reklamation

vexatious - lästig

Occasion - Gelegenheit; Anlass

forbear - unterlassen; Vorfahr

troubling - beunruhigend; störend; (trouble); Ärger; Schwierigkeit; Anstrengung

further - fördern; weiter, ferner, des Weiteren

I must freely confess, that since my last return, some corruptions of my Yahoo nature have revived in me by conversing with a few of your species, and particularly those of my own family, by an unavoidable necessity; else I should never have attempted so absurd a project as that of reforming the Yahoo race in this kingdom: But I have now done with all such visionary schemes for ever.

freely - frei

Last - letzte, zuletzt, letzter, vorig; dauern, andauern

nature - Natur, Art

revived - wiederbelebt; auffrischen, wiederbeleben

conversing - unterhalten; Umkehrung, umgekehrt, Gegenteil

unavoidable - unvermeidlich

necessity - Notwendigkeit, Nezessität, Not, Bedürfnis

attempted - Versucht; versuchen, Versuch, Bestreben

absurd - absurd

reforming - Reform, reformieren

Kingdom - Königreich, Königtum

visionary - visionär; unwirklich; seherisch, hellseherisch, ideal, Visionär

schemes - Schemata; Programm

for ever - für immer

April 2, 1727



Chapter - Kapitel, Abschnitt, Verband, Ortsverband, Sektion

The author gives some account of himself and family. His first inducements to travel. He is shipwrecked, and swims for his life. Gets safe on shore in the country of Lilliput; is made a prisoner, and carried up the country.

inducements - Anreize; Veranlassung

shipwrecked - schiffbrüchig; Schiffswrack

safe - sicher, gefahrlos, Tresor, Safe, Geldschrank

on shore - an Land, an der Küste

prisoner - Gefangener, Gefangene, Häftling, Strafgefangener

My father had a small estate in Nottinghamshire: I was the third of five sons. He sent me to Emanuel College in Cambridge at fourteen years old, where I resided three years, and applied myself close to my studies; but the charge of maintaining me, although I had a very scanty allowance, being too great for a narrow fortune, I was bound apprentice to Mr. James Bates, an eminent surgeon in London, with whom I continued four years. My father now and then sending me small sums of money, I laid them out in learning navigation, and other parts of the mathematics, useful to those who intend to travel, as I always believed it would be, some time or other, my fortune to do. When I left Mr.

estate - Nachlass; Stand; Gut, Landgut

third - dritte; Dritter, Dritte, Drittel, Drittel, Terz, dreiteilen

resided - wohnte; wohnen

charge - Gebühr; Entgelt; Ladung; Last; Rempeln; beauftragen, belasten

maintaining - pflegen; unterhalten, warten, beibehalten, aufrechterhalten

scanty - spärlich; dürftig, kärglich, knapp

allowance - Erlaubnis

narrow - eng, schmal, knapp

Fortune - Fortuna; Schicksal, Glück, Vermögen

bound - gebunden; Sprung; (bind); binden; verbinden, konnektieren

apprentice - Lehrling, Auszubildender, Auszubildende, Azubi

Mr - Herr

James - Jakobus, Jakobus, Jakob

Bates - schwächen, verringern, beizen (Gerberei)

surgeon - Chirurg, Chirurgin, Wundarzt

whom - wen; wem; dem, der, den, die

continued - fortgesetzt; fortsetzen, weiterhin

sums - Summen; Betrag, Summe, Geldbetrag

laid - gelegt; richten (Tisch)

navigation - Navigation; Schifffahrt

mathematics - Mathematik; mathematisch

intend - beabsichtigen, vorhaben, intendieren

Bates, I went down to my father: where, by the assistance of him and my uncle John, and some other relations, I got forty pounds, and a promise of thirty pounds a year to maintain me at Leyden: there I studied physic two years and seven months, knowing it would be useful in long voyages.

assistance - Unterstützung; Hilfe

relations - Beziehungen; Beziehung, Relation, Relation, Verwandter

promise - Versprechen

maintain - unterhalten, warten, beibehalten, aufrechterhalten

physic - physisch; Abführmittel

Soon after my return from Leyden, I was recommended by my good master, Mr. Bates, to be surgeon to the Swallow, Captain Abraham Pannel, commander; with whom I continued three years and a half, making a voyage or two into the Levant, and some other parts. When I came back I resolved to settle in London; to which Mr. Bates, my master, encouraged me, and by him I was recommended to several patients.

recommended - empfohlen; empfehlen, empfehlen

swallow - schlucken, verschlingen, anbeißen, einstecken

Abraham - Abraham

commander - Befehlshaber, Kommandant, Kommandeur, Kommandör

Levant - Levante

resolved - geklärt; auflösen, beschließen

settle in - sich einleben;einziehen

encouraged - ermutigt; ermutigen, ermuntern, empfehlen

patients - Patienten; geduldig, Patient, Patientin, Kranker, Kranke

I took part of a small house in the Old Jewry; and being advised to alter my condition, I married Mrs. Mary Burton, second daughter to Mr. Edmund Burton, hosier, in Newgate-street, with whom I received four hundred pounds for a portion.

small house - Häuschen

Jewry - Das Judentum; Judentum; Judenheit

advised - raten, beraten, empfehlen, mitteilen, informieren, verständigen

alter - verändern, ändern, wandeln, modifizieren, abändern

condition - Zustand; Bedingung, Kondition, Voraussetzung, Verfassung

Mary - Maria, Maria

hosier - Strumpfhosen

received - bekommen, erhalten, empfangen, kriegen, empfangen

four hundred - vierhundert

portion - Anteil; Teil

But my good master Bates dying in two years after, and I having few friends, my business began to fail; for my conscience would not suffer me to imitate the bad practice of too many among my brethren. Having therefore consulted with my wife, and some of my acquaintance, I determined to go again to sea. I was surgeon successively in two ships, and made several voyages, for six years, to the East and West Indies, by which I got some addition to my fortune.

dying - (to die) sterben, umkommen; (dye) (to die) sterben, umkommen

fail - mangelhaft (Zensur 5), ungenügend (Zensur 6);jdn. im Stich lassen;fehlschlagen, scheitern, misslingen, versagen

conscience - Gewissen

imitate - imitieren

among - unter, zwischen, untereinander

brethren - Brüdern

consulted - konsultiert; Rat halten, beraten, beratschlagen, beraten

acquaintance - Bekanntschaft, Umgang, Bekannter, Bekannte

determined - bestimmt; bestimmen, eingrenzen, festlegen

ships - verschicken, verschiffen, abfertigen, befördern; Schiff

Addition - Zufügung, Hinzufügung, Zusatz, Addition, Summant

My hours of leisure I spent in reading the best authors, ancient and modern, being always provided with a good number of books; and when I was ashore, in observing the manners and dispositions of the people, as well as learning their language; wherein I had a great facility, by the strength of my memory.

leisure - Muße; Freizeit

authors - Autoren; Autor, Autorin, Verfasser, Verfasserin, Schriftsteller

ancient - alt, uralt, antik

provided with - versehen mit

ashore - an Land; zu Lande, am Land, an die Küste

observing - Beobachtung; beobachten, beachten, halten, bemerken

manners - Manieren; Weise, Manier

dispositions - Veranlagungen; Neigung, Gesinnung, Hang, Veranlagung

facility - Leichtigkeit; Einrichtung, Vorrichtung, Anlage

strength - Stärke, Kraft, Festigkeit, Mumm

The last of these voyages not proving very fortunate, I grew weary of the sea, and intended to stay at home with my wife and family. I removed from the Old Jewry to Fetter Lane, and from thence to Wapping, hoping to get business among the sailors; but it would not turn to account.

proving - er/sie hat/hatte bewiesen, beweisen, erhärten

fortunate - glücklich; günstig, verheißungsvoll

weary - müde

intended - beabsichtigt; gedacht; (intend); beabsichtigen, vorhaben

removed - entfernt; entfernen, beseitigen, verdrängen, umziehen

fetter - fesseln; Fessel; q

lane - Fahrspur; Gasse; Spur, Route

thence - von dort aus; daher

Sailors - Matrosen; Matrose, Matrosin, Seemann, Seefrau, Seemännin

turn to account - verwerten

After three years expectation that things would mend, I accepted an advantageous offer from Captain William Prichard, master of the Antelope, who was making a voyage to the South Sea. We set sail from Bristol, May 4, 1699, and our voyage was at first very prosperous.

mend - reparieren, flicken

accepted - akzeptiert; annehmen, abnehmen, akzeptieren, aufnehmen

advantageous - vorteilhaft

William - Wilhelm

antelope - Antilope

set - gesetzt; Seth

sail - segeln, abfahren (nach); Segel; schippern (ugs.), segeln

prosperous - wohlhabend

It would not be proper, for some reasons, to trouble the reader with the particulars of our adventures in those seas; let it suffice to inform him, that in our passage from thence to the East Indies, we were driven by a violent storm to the north-west of Van Diemen's Land. By an observation, we found ourselves in the latitude of 30 degrees 2 minutes south. Twelve of our crew were dead by immoderate labour and ill food; the rest were in a very weak condition. On the 5th of November, which was the beginning of summer in those parts, the weather being very hazy, the seamen spied a rock within half a cable's length of the ship; but the wind was so strong, that we were driven directly upon it, and immediately split. Six of the crew, of whom I was one, having let down the boat into the sea, made a shift to get clear of the ship and the rock. We rowed, by my computation, about three leagues, till we were able to work no longer, being already spent with labour while we were in the ship. We therefore trusted ourselves to the mercy of the waves, and in about half an hour the boat was overset by a sudden flurry from the north. What became of my companions in the boat, as well as of those who escaped on the rock, or were left in the vessel, I cannot tell; but conclude they were all lost. For my own part, I swam as fortune directed me, and was pushed forward by wind and tide. I often let my legs drop, and could feel no bottom; but when I was almost gone, and able to struggle no longer, I found myself within my depth; and by this time the storm was much abated. The declivity was so small, that I walked near a mile before I got to the shore, which I conjectured was about eight o'clock in the evening. I then advanced forward near half a mile, but could not discover any sign of houses or inhabitants; at least I was in so weak a condition, that I did not observe them. I was extremely tired, and with that, and the heat of the weather, and about half a pint of brandy that I drank as I left the ship, I found myself much inclined to sleep. I lay down on the grass, which was very short and soft, where I slept sounder than ever I remembered to have done in my life, and, as I reckoned, about nine hours; for when I awaked, it was just day-light. I attempted to rise, but was not able to stir: for, as I happened to lie on my back, I found my arms and legs were strongly fastened on each side to the ground; and my hair, which was long and thick, tied down in the same manner. I likewise felt several slender ligatures across my body, from my arm-pits to my thighs. I could only look upwards; the sun began to grow hot, and the light offended my eyes. I heard a confused noise about me; but in the posture I lay, could see nothing except the sky. In a little time I felt something alive moving on my left leg, which advancing gently forward over my breast, came almost up to my chin; when, bending my eyes downwards as much as I could, I perceived it to be a human creature not six inches high, with a bow and arrow in his hands, and a quiver at his back. In the mean time, I felt at least forty more of the same kind (as I conjectured) following the first. I was in the utmost astonishment, and roared so loud, that they all ran back in a fright; and some of them, as I was afterwards told, were hurt with the falls they got by leaping from my sides upon the ground. However, they soon returned, and one of them, who ventured so far as to get a full sight of my face, lifting up his hands and eyes by way of admiration, cried out in a shrill but distinct voice, Hekinah degul: the others repeated the same words several times, but then I knew not what they meant. I lay all this while, as the reader may believe, in great uneasiness. at length, struggling to get loose, I had the fortune to break the strings, and wrench out the pegs that fastened my left arm to the ground; for, by lifting it up to my face, I discovered the methods they had taken to bind me, and at the same time with a violent pull, which gave me excessive pain, I a little loosened the strings that tied down my hair on the left side, so that I was just able to turn my head about two inches. But the creatures ran off a second time, before I could seize them; whereupon there was a great shout in a very shrill accent, and after it ceased I heard one of them cry aloud Tolgo phonac; when in an instant I felt above a hundred arrows discharged on my left hand, which, pricked me like so many needles; and besides, they shot another flight into the air, as we do bombs in Europe, whereof many, I suppose, fell on my body, (though I felt them not), and some on my face, which I immediately covered with my left hand. When this shower of arrows was over, I fell a groaning with grief and pain; and then striving again to get loose, they discharged another volley larger than the first, and some of them attempted with spears to stick me in the sides; but by good luck I had on a buff jerkin, which they could not pierce. I thought it the most prudent method to lie still, and my design was to continue so till night, when, my left hand being already loose, I could easily free myself: and as for the inhabitants, I had reason to believe I might be a match for the greatest army they could bring against me, if they were all of the same size with him that I saw. But fortune disposed otherwise of me. When the people observed I was quiet, they discharged no more arrows; but, by the noise I heard, I knew their numbers increased; and about four yards from me, over against my right ear, I heard a knocking for above an hour, like that of people at work; when turning my head that way, as well as the pegs and strings would permit me, I saw a stage erected about a foot and a half from the ground, capable of holding four of the inhabitants, with two or three ladders to mount it: from whence one of them, who seemed to be a person of quality, made me a long speech, whereof I understood not one syllable. But I should have mentioned, that before the principal person began his oration, he cried out three times, Langro dehul san (these words and the former were afterwards repeated and explained to me); whereupon, immediately, about fifty of the inhabitants came and cut the strings that fastened the left side of my head, which gave me the liberty of turning it to the right, and of observing the person and gesture of him that was to speak.

trouble - Probleme; Ärger; Schwierigkeit; Anstrengung, Bemühung, Mühe

particulars - Einzelheiten; speziell, bestimmt, spezifisch, genau, einzeln

adventures - Abenteuern; Abenteuer

suffice - ausreichen, genügen, genug sein, zufriedenstellen

inform - benachrichtigen, mitteilen, informieren

passage - Durchfahrt, Ăśbergang, Gang

violent - heftig, gewaltig, brutal, gewalttätig, gewaltbereit, grell

storm - stürmen; Sturm

observation - Beobachtung; Bemerkung

ourselves - uns selbst; uns

Latitude - Breite, geographische Breite, Breitengrad, Breitenkreis

degrees - Abschlüsse; Diplom, akademischer Diplom, Grad, Winkelgrad

crew - Mannschaft, Crew

dead - tot, gestorben, leblos, bewegungslos, regungslos, erstarrt

immoderate - unangemessen

labour - Arbeit; Arbeiter; gebären; arbeiten

rest - Ruhe, Stütze, Lehne, ein Ăśbriges; bleiben, ruhen, ausruhen

weak - schwach; out, unschön, häßlich, uninteressant

hazy - verschwommen; dunstig, diesig, trüb, getrübt

seamen - Seeleute; Matrose

spied - spioniert; Spion, Spionin, Spitzel, ausspionieren, erspähen

Rock - schaukeln, schütteln, rocken, sich wiegen (Boot); Geldstück

within - in, innerhalb

cable - Seil, Tau, Kabel, Leitung, Kette

ship - verschicken, verschiffen, abfertigen, befördern; Schiff

wind - aufspulen, rollen, blasen, aufwickeln, abspulen

directly - direkt, gerade, unmittelbar

split - gespalten; Riss, Spalt, Spaltung, Spagat

let down - niederlassen, herablassen

shift - Schicht; Verschiebung, Verlagerung, Verstellung, Gangschaltung

clear - klar, durchsichtig, hell, frei

rowed - gerudert; Reihe, Zeile

computation - Berechnungen; Berechnung, Rechnen

trusted - vertrauenswürdig; Vertrauen

mercy - Barmherzigkeit, Erbarmen, Gnade, Mitleid

waves - Wellen; wehen, winken mit, flattern

overset - übersehen

sudden - plötzlich, jäh

flurry - Aufregung; leichter) Schneefall; (lkurzer) Schneeschauer; Windstoß

Companions - Gefährten; Begleiter, Freund, Liebhaber, Kamerad, Gefährte

escaped - entkommen; entgehen, entgehen, ausweichen, davonkommen, Flucht

vessel - Schiff, Boot, Wasserfahrzeug, Gefäß, Behälter

conclude - beenden, schließen, zu Ende führen, abschließen, entscheiden

directed - gerichtet; direkt, unmittelbar, beaufsichtigen, inszenieren

pushed forward - vorgestoßen

tide - Gezeiten, Ebbe

bottom - unten; Boden, Grund, Unterseite, passiv

almost - fast, beinahe, so gut wie

Struggle - Kämpfen; Kampf, Gefecht, sich durchbeißen, sich schwer tun

depth - Tiefe

abated - nachgelassen; vermindern, verzehren (Rauch), verringern

declivity - Deklination; Abhang

shore - Ufer, Stützbalken, Küste, Strebe

conjectured - vermutet; Vermutung, Verdacht, Mutmaßung, Vermutung, Hypothese

advanced - fortgeschritten; erhöhen, erheben, befördern, vorrücken

sign - Wert, Zeichen, Hinweistafel, Indiz; unterschreiben, signieren

extremely - extrem, äußerst, krass

heat - Hitze, Wärme

half a pint - Schoppen

brandy - Kognak, Brandy, Weinbrand, Branntwein, Kurzer

inclined - geneigt; neigen, neigen, neigen, Neigung, Anstieg, Gefälle

lay - legen; richten (Tisch)

grass - Gras; Rasen; Spitzel; verpfeifen

soft - sanft, mild, weich

reckoned - gerechnet; rechnen, damit rechnen, zählen

awaked - geweckt; munter, wach; erwachen, aufwachen

rise - steigen; Kursanstieg; Aufgang, Gehaltszulage, Aufschwung

stir - erschüttern, bewegen, sich rühren, verrühren; Aufregung

lie - lügen; (lie down) sich hinlegen

strongly - stark

fastened - befestigen, festmachen

ground - Masse (elektrisch); Erdboden, Grund, Boden

thick - dick; dicht; plump; mitten in

tied - gebunden; zusammenbinden

slender - schlank

ligatures - Ligaturen; Ligatur, Ligatur

pits - Gruben; Fallgrube, Schachtgrube, Box (Sport)

thighs - Oberschenkel

upwards - nach oben; ansteigend, aufwärts

offended - beleidigt; beleidigen, beleidigen, de

confused - verwirrt; verwirren, konfundieren, verwechseln, vermischen

noise - Lärm, Geräusch, Krach, Rauschen, Störung

posture - Körperhaltung; Haltung

Except - ausnehmen, ausklammern, ausschließen, widersprechen, außer

sky - Himmel; (am) Firmament

alive - lebendig

advancing - fortschreitend; erhöhen, erheben, befördern, vorrücken

gently - sanft

breast - Brust; -brust, Entenbrust

chin - Kinn

bending - beugend, biegend; (bend); beugen; biegen, durchbiegen, Kurve

downwards - abwärts, nach unten, runter, nach unten gehend, absteigend

perceived - wahrgenommen; wahrnehmen

creature - Wesen, Lebewesen, Fabelwesen

inches - Zoll (2, 54 cm), Zoll (Längenmaß)

bow - verbeugen; Verneigung (vor), Verbeugung; Bogen, Bug (Schiff)

quiver - Köcher; zittern

astonishment - Staunen, Erstaunen, Verwunderung

roared - gebrüllt; brüllen, brüllen, Tosen

fright - erschrecken; Angst, Schreck, Schrecken

hurt - weh tun, schmerzen, verletzen, quälen, verletzt

leaping - hervorspringen, hüpfen, überspringen

sides - Seiten; Flanke, Rand, Mannschaft, Team

ventured - gewagt; Wagnis

lifting - Lüften (Bremse), Lift, Aufzug; fördern, Auftrieb geben, heben

admiration - Bewunderung

cried - geweint hat; weinen, schreien, schreien, rufen, Weinen

shrill - schrill; scharf

distinct - deutlich

voice - Stimme; äußern

uneasiness - Unbehagen

at length - schließlich, endlich, ausführlich

struggling - sich abmühen; kämpfend, ringend; (struggle); Kampf, Gefecht

strings - Schnur, Zeichenkette, String, Saite, String, auffädeln

wrench - Schraubenschlüssel; reißen

pegs - Pflöcke; Holzdübel, Pflock, Stift, Haltestift, Stöpsel, Zapfen

discovered - entdeckt; entdecken, erleben, erfahren, dabei sein

methods - Methoden; Verfahrensweise, Art und Weise, Weg

bind - binden; verbinden, konnektieren

pull - ziehen

excessive - übertrieben; übermäßig, exzessiv

pain - Schmerzen; Qual, Stich (Schmerz), Schmerz

loosened - gelockert; lösen, lockern

seize - ergreifen, fassen, packen, beschlagnahmen, erfassen

shout - Schrei, Zuruf; rufen, schreien, laut schreien

accent - Dialekt, Akzent, Betonung; betonen, akzentuieren

ceased - eingestellt; aufhören, aufhören, einstellen

cry - weinen; schreien; rufen; Weinen; Schrei

aloud - laut

instant - sofort; augenblicklich, tafelfertig, Moment

arrows - Pfeile; Richtungspfeil, Pfeil

discharged - entladen, entlassen, entlassen, entladen, Ablauf, Befreiung

pricked - gestochen; spitzer Gegenstand, Stich

needles - Nadeln; Nadel, Nadel, Nadel, Nadel, hänseln

shot - Schuss; (to shoot up) aufschießen

bombs - Bomben; Bombe, Sprengstoff, Bombe, Arschbombe, bombardieren

suppose - annehmen, vermuten, vermeinen

though - aber; trotzdem, doch, allerdings, obwohl, obgleich

groaning - ächzend, stöhnend, Ächzen, Geächze

grief - Kummer, Gram, Leid

striving - bestrebend, strebsam, strebend; (strive) bestrebend, strebsam

volley - Salve; Volley

spears - Speere; Speer, Lanze (Wurflanze); aufspießen, spießen

stick - stich!, ich/er/sie stäche, ich/er/sie stach; Schläger

luck - Glück

Buff - starkes Leder, lederfarben, Lederfarbe; abrauen, abrauhen

jerkin - Wichser; Jacke

pierce - lochen, durchbohren

most prudent - besonnenste

continue - fortsetzen, weiterhin

easily - leicht

match - Wettkampf, Kampf (Sport), Spiel (Sport); sich messen mit

army - Heer, Landstreitkräfte, Armee, Heeresamt

size - Konfektionsgröße, Körpergröße, Format; ausmessen

disposed - entsorgt; beseitigen, entsorgen, ordnen

otherwise - sonst

observed - beobachtet; beobachten, beachten, halten, bemerken

increased - erhöht; zunehmen, steigen, ansteigen, wachsen, anwachsen

yards - (der) Yard

knocking - Nageln (Dieselmotor)

permit - Genehmigung; zulassen, erlauben; Erlaubnis, Erlaubnisschein

stage - Stufe, Etappe, Bühne

erected - errichtet; stramm (Haltung), steif; errichten

holding - haltend; (hold) haltend

ladders - Leitern; Leiter, Laufmasche

mount - Reittier, Berg, Lafette (Waffe); einbauen, aufsteigen

whence - woher; von daher

seemed - schien; scheinen, dünken

quality - Qualität, Eigenschaft, Qualität

Speech - Sprache; Rede, Ansprache

syllable - Silbe

mentioned - erwähnt; Erwähnung, erwähnen

oration - Rede

San - Speichernetzwerk

former - erstgenannt, ehem. ehemalig, frühere, früher

liberty - Freiheit

gesture - Geste, Gebärde, gestikulieren, erman: (jemandem etwas) bedeuten

He appeared to be of a middle age, and taller than any of the other three who attended him, whereof one was a page that held up his train, and seemed to be somewhat longer than my middle finger; the other two stood one on each side to support him. He acted every part of an orator, and I could observe many periods of threatenings, and others of promises, pity, and kindness. I answered in a few words, but in the most submissive manner, lifting up my left hand, and both my eyes to the sun, as calling him for a witness; and being almost famished with hunger, having not eaten a morsel for some hours before I left the ship, I found the demands of nature so strong upon me, that I could not forbear showing my impatience (perhaps against the strict rules of decency) by putting my finger frequently to my mouth, to signify that I wanted food. The hurgo (for so they call a great lord, as I afterwards learnt) understood me very well. He descended from the stage, and commanded that several ladders should be applied to my sides, on which above a hundred of the inhabitants mounted and walked towards my mouth, laden with baskets full of meat, which had been provided and sent thither by the king's orders, upon the first intelligence he received of me. I observed there was the flesh of several animals, but could not distinguish them by the taste. There were shoulders, legs, and loins, shaped like those of mutton, and very well dressed, but smaller than the wings of a lark. I ate them by two or three at a mouthful, and took three loaves at a time, about the bigness of musket bullets. They supplied me as fast as they could, showing a thousand marks of wonder and astonishment at my bulk and appetite. I then made another sign, that I wanted drink. They found by my eating that a small quantity would not suffice me; and being a most ingenious people, they slung up, with great dexterity, one of their largest hogsheads, then rolled it towards my hand, and beat out the top; I drank it off at a draught, which I might well do, for it did not hold half a pint, and tasted like a small wine of Burgundy, but much more delicious. They brought me a second hogshead, which I drank in the same manner, and made signs for more; but they had none to give me. When I had performed these wonders, they shouted for joy, and danced upon my breast, repeating several times as they did at first, Hekinah degul. They made me a sign that I should throw down the two hogsheads, but first warning the people below to stand out of the way, crying aloud, Borach mevolah; and when they saw the vessels in the air, there was a universal shout of Hekinah degul. I confess I was often tempted, while they were passing backwards and forwards on my body, to seize forty or fifty of the first that came in my reach, and dash them against the ground. But the remembrance of what I had felt, which probably might not be the worst they could do, and the promise of honour I made them-for so I interpreted my submissive behaviour-soon drove out these imaginations. Besides, I now considered myself as bound by the laws of hospitality, to a people who had treated me with so much expense and magnificence. However, in my thoughts I could not sufficiently wonder at the intrepidity of these diminutive mortals, who durst venture to mount and walk upon my body, while one of my hands was at liberty, without trembling at the very sight of so prodigious a creature as I must appear to them. After some time, when they observed that I made no more demands for meat, there appeared before me a person of high rank from his imperial majesty. His excellency, having mounted on the small of my right leg, advanced forwards up to my face, with about a dozen of his retinue; and producing his credentials under the signet royal, which he applied close to my eyes, spoke about ten minutes without any signs of anger, but with a kind of determinate resolution, often pointing forwards, which, as I afterwards found, was towards the capital city, about half a mile distant; whither it was agreed by his majesty in council that I must be conveyed. I answered in few words, but to no purpose, and made a sign with my hand that was loose, putting it to the other (but over his excellency's head for fear of hurting him or his train) and then to my own head and body, to signify that I desired my liberty. It appeared that he understood me well enough, for he shook his head by way of disapprobation, and held his hand in a posture to show that I must be carried as a prisoner. However, he made other signs to let me understand that I should have meat and drink enough, and very good treatment. Whereupon I once more thought of attempting to break my bonds; but again, when I felt the smart of their arrows upon my face and hands, which were all in blisters, and many of the darts still sticking in them, and observing likewise that the number of my enemies increased, I gave tokens to let them know that they might do with me what they pleased. Upon this, the hurgo and his train withdrew, with much civility and cheerful countenances. Soon after I heard a general shout, with frequent repetitions of the words Peplom selan; and I felt great numbers of people on my left side relaxing the cords to such a degree, that I was able to turn upon my right, and to ease myself with making water; which I very plentifully did, to the great astonishment of the people; who, conjecturing by my motion what I was going to do, immediately opened to the right and left on that side, to avoid the torrent, which fell with such noise and violence from me. But before this, they had daubed my face and both my hands with a sort of ointment, very pleasant to the smell, which, in a few minutes, removed all the smart of their arrows. These circumstances, added to the refreshment I had received by their victuals and drink, which were very nourishing, disposed me to sleep. I slept about eight hours, as I was afterwards assured; and it was no wonder, for the physicians, by the emperor's order, had mingled a sleepy potion in the hogsheads of wine.

appeared - erschienen; erscheinen, auftauchen, erscheinen, auftauchen

attended - teilgenommen; (to attend) mit etwas verbunden sein

held - gehalten; innehaben

somewhat - etwas, einigermaßen

middle finger - Mittelfinger

side - Seite; Flanke, Rand, Mannschaft, Team

support - Rückendeckung, Auflage, Unterstützung; abstützen, befürworten

acted - gehandelt; Handlung, Tat, Akt, Gesetz

orator - Redner, Rednerin

threatenings - Drohungen; drohend

promises - Versprechen

pity - Mitleid; schade; bemitleiden, Mitleid haben mit

kindness - Freundlichkeit; Liebenswürdigkeit

submissive - unterwürfig

witness - etw. miterleben;erleben, bezeugen, Zeuge sein bei; miterleben

famished - verhungert; verhungern, hungern

hunger - hungern; Hunger

morsel - ein Häppchen; Happen

demands - Forderungen; Nachfrage, Bedarf, Nachfrage, Anspruch, verlangen

Impatience - Ungeduld

Perhaps - vielleicht, wohl

strict - streng

decency - Anstand

frequently - häufig

signify - bedeuten

descended from - entstamme

commanded - befohlen; Befehl, Kommando

mounted - montiert; Reittier, Berg, Lafette (Waffe); einbauen, aufsteigen

towards - zu, in Richtung, nach, auf, zu, gegenüber, für, um, zwecks

laden - beladen, belastet, schwer; (lade); beladen, belastet, schwer

baskets - Körbe; Korb

provided - zur Verfügung gestellt; sorgen, den Unterhalt sichern, besorgen

thither - dorthin, dahin

intelligence - Intelligenz, Klugheit, intelligentes Leben

flesh - Fleisch; Haut, Leib, Fruchtfleisch, Fleischfarbe, zunehmen

distinguish - unterscheiden; erkennen; auszeichnen

shoulders - schultern

loins - Lenden; Lende, Rippenstück

shaped - geformt; Zustand, Form, Form, Form, Gestalt, Form

mutton - Schaffleisch, Hammel, Hammelfleisch, Schöpsenfleisch

wings - Flügel, t+Schwinge, Flügel, Flügel, t+Gebäudeflügel, Flügel

lark - Lerche

mouthful - mundvoll

loaves - Brote; Laib; herumlungern, Zeit verschwenden, trödeln

bigness - Größe

musket - Muskete

bullets - Kugeln; Geschoss (Kugel), Kugel

supplied - geliefert; Stellvertretung, Versorgung, Vorrat; liefern

marks - Zeichen; Markus, Markus, Markus

bulk - Masse; Großteil

appetite - Appetit; Begierde, Lust

quantity - Quantität, Menge, in Klammern

most ingenious - originellste

slung - geschleudert; Armschlinge

dexterity - Fingerfertigkeit, Geschicklichkeit, Gewandtheit

hogsheads - Schweineköpfe; Oxhoft, Oxhoft

rolled - gerollt; Rolle, Roulade, Walze, Semmel; drehen, wälzen, wickeln

beat - Schlag ;jdn. bezwingen

top - oben; Oberteil, Spitze, Gipfel, Deckel, Kappe, Oberteil, Topp

rank - (sozialer) Stand, Rang, Dienstgrad

draught - Tiefgang; Spielstein

hold - halten; innehaben

pint - Pint

tasted - geschmeckt; Geschmack, Schmecken

Burgundy - Bordeauxrot, Weinrot, Burgunderrot

more delicious - appetitlichere

signs - Wert, Zeichen, Hinweistafel, Indiz; unterschreiben, signieren

none - kein, nichts, keines, keine, keiner, gar nicht

performed - durchgeführt; verrichten, Arbeit leisten, Arbeit verrichten

wonders - fragt sich; Wunder

shouted - geschrien; Schrei, Zuruf; rufen, schreien, laut schreien

joy - Wonne (Freude, Vergnügen); Freude (über)

throw down - hinwerfen

crying - Weinen; (cry); weinen; schreien; rufen; Weinen; Schrei

vessels - Schiffe; Schiff, Boot

universal - allgemein, Allgemein-, universell, weltweit, Welt-

tempted - in Versuchung; in Versuchung führen, versuchen, locken

passing - vorübergehend, verrinnend ''(poetic)'', hervorragend

backwards - zurück, nach hinten, rückwärts, rückwärts, zögerlich, gehemmt

forwards - nachsenden, fördern, befördern, versenden, senden; dreist

reach - erreichen; erzielen, greifen (nach)

Dash - Bindestrich, Gedankenstrich, Querstrich, Spurt, Sprint

remembrance - Erinnern; Erinnerung

interpreted - gedeutet; interpretieren, interpretieren, dolmetschen

behaviour - Verhalten, Benehmen, Betragen; Fahrverhalten

imaginations - Phantasien; Vorstellungskraft, Imagination, Einbildungskraft

laws - Gesetze; Gesetz, Jura, Rechtswissenschaft

hospitality - Gastfreundlichkeit, Gastfreundschaft, Gastlichkeit, Gastgewerbe

treated - behandelt; behandeln, bewirten, einladen, heilen, kurieren

expense - Kosten; Ausgabe, Aufwand, Verlust

magnificence - Großartigkeit; Prächtigkeit, Pracht

thoughts - Gedanken; Gedanke

sufficiently - ausreichend; hinreichend, genügend, zureichende

intrepidity - Unerschrockenheit; Furchtlosigkeit

diminutive - winzig, diminutiv, verkleinernd, Diminutiv, Diminutivum

mortals - sterblich, tödlich, Sterblicher, Sterbliche

durst - sich getrauen, wagen, jemanden herausfordern

Venture - Wagnis

trembling - Zittern, Beben; (tremble); zittern; Zittern

prodigious - erstaunlich; ungeheuer, gewaltig, verwunderlich

Imperial - kaiserlich; imperial

excellency - Exzellenz

dozen - Dutzend; Dutzende (''of'': von)

retinue - Gefolge

producing - produzieren, herstellen, vorlegen, produzieren, Produkt

credentials - Berechtigungsnachweise; Berechtigungsnachweis, Zugangsdaten

signet - Unterschriftstempel, Siegel

Royal - königlich; Royal; Royalsegel

anger - Ärger, Zorn, Wut, Groll

determinate - determiniert; begrenzt, bestimmt, festgelegt

resolution - Entschlossenheit, Standfestigkeit, Vorsatz, Auflösung

distant - weit entfernt; abgelegen, abstehend, distanziert, entfernt

whither - wohin

Council - Rat

conveyed - übermittelt; befördern, transportieren, verfrachten, befördern

no purpose - umsonst

head for - anfliegen, Kurs nehmen auf

fear - fürchten, befürchten, Angst haben; Furcht, Schreck, Befürchtung

hurting - weh tun, schmerzen, verletzen, quälen, verletzt

shook - geschüttelt; (to shake) erschüttern, schütteln

disapprobation - Missbilligung

treatment - Behandeln, Behandlung, Umgang

attempting - versuchen, Versuch, Bestreben

Bonds - Anleihen; Bindung, Obligation, Pfandbrief; binden

smart - klug; pfiffig, pfiffig, fesch, elegant, listig

blisters - Blase, Blase, kritisieren, Blasen werfen

darts - Pfeil, Satz

sticking - klebend, festklebend; (stick) klebend, festklebend

enemies - Feinde; Feind, Feindin, Gegner, Gegnerin, feindlich

tokens - Wertmarken; Zeichen

ease - Leichtigkeit, Mühelosigkeit, Behaglichkeit, Bequemlichkeit

withdrew - zurückgezogen; annullieren, entziehen, abziehen, ausscheiden

civility - Anstand, Höflichkeit, Verbindlichkeit

cheerful - fröhlich, vergnügt, freundlich

countenances - Antlitze; Antlitz

general - allgemein, generell, General

repetitions - Wiederholungen; Wiederholung, Wdh(lg). Wiederholung

cords - Schnüre; Schnur, Kordel, Strick, Kabel

degree - Abschluss; Diplom, akademischer Diplom, Grad, Winkelgrad

plentifully - ausgiebig

conjecturing - Vermutungen anstellen; Vermutung, Verdacht, Mutmaßung

motion - Bewegung

torrent - Sturzbach, Sturzflut

violence - Gewalt, Gewalttaten, Gewalttätigkeiten

daubed - beschmiert; Lehmbewurf, Lehmverstrich, Strohlehm, Kleckserei

ointment - Salbe, Balsam

pleasant - angenehm

smell - Geruch; Geruchssinn, Riechen, stinken

refreshment - Erfrischung

nourishing - nahrhaft; ernähren, nähren, aufziehen, erziehen, großziehen

assured - gesichert; beteuerte, versicherte, versichert

Emperor - Der Kaiser; Kaiser, Imperator

mingled - vermengt; vermischen, vermengen, untermischen

sleepy - schläfrig; verschlafen

potion - Trank, Zaubertrank

It seems, that upon the first moment I was discovered sleeping on the ground, after my landing, the emperor had early notice of it by an express; and determined in council, that I should be tied in the manner I have related, (which was done in the night while I slept;) that plenty of meat and drink should be sent to me, and a machine prepared to carry me to the capital city.

Seems - Scheint; scheinen, dünken

sleeping on - überschlafend

notice - Bekanntmachung; Benachrichtigung, Mitteilung, Kündigungsfrist

express - bekunden, Eilzug, Schnellzug, ausdrücklich; ausdrücken, äußern

be tied - gebunden sein

plenty - viel; Fülle, Überfluss

This resolution perhaps may appear very bold and dangerous, and I am confident would not be imitated by any prince in Europe on the like occasion.

appear - erscheinen, auftauchen, auftreten

confident - selbstbewusst; zuversichtlich, sicher

imitated - nachgeahmt; imitieren

prince - Fürst; Prinz, Königssohn, Königsenkel, König

However, in my opinion, it was extremely prudent, as well as generous: for, supposing these people had endeavoured to kill me with their spears and arrows, while I was asleep, I should certainly have awaked with the first sense of smart, which might so far have roused my rage and strength, as to have enabled me to break the strings wherewith I was tied; after which, as they were not able to make resistance, so they could expect no mercy.

Prudent - umsichtig, vorsichtig

generous - großzügig, generös

supposing - Angenommen; vermutend; (suppose); annehmen, vermuten, vermeinen

endeavoured - angestrebt; sich nach Kräften bemühen; Bestrebung

kill - vernichten, totmachen, löschen, zerstören, töten

asleep - schlafen, schlafen

Certainly - sicherlich, zweifellos, gewiss, freilich

roused - geweckt; wachrufen, wecken

rage - Wut, Zorn, Raserei, Rage, wüten

enabled - aktiviert; berechtigen, befähigen, ermöglichen, anordnen

wherewith - womit

resistance - Widerstand

These people are most excellent mathematicians, and arrived to a great perfection in mechanics, by the countenance and encouragement of the emperor, who is a renowned patron of learning. This prince has several machines fixed on wheels, for the carriage of trees and other great weights. He often builds his largest men of war, whereof some are nine feet long, in the woods where the timber grows, and has them carried on these engines three or four hundred yards to the sea. five hundred carpenters and engineers were immediately set at work to prepare the greatest engine they had. It was a frame of wood raised three inches from the ground, about seven feet long, and four wide, moving upon twenty-two wheels. The shout I heard was upon the arrival of this engine, which, it seems, set out in four hours after my landing. It was brought parallel to me, as I lay. But the principal difficulty was to raise and place me in this vehicle.

most excellent - famoseste

mathematicians - Mathematiker, Mathematikerin

perfection - Vollkommenheit, Perfektion

mechanics - Mechaniker, Mechanikerin

countenance - Antlitz, Gesichtsausdruck, Miene, Unterstützung, Fassung

renowned - bekannt; Ansehen

patron - Schirmherr, Patron, Mäzen, Kunde, Inhaber, Stammkunde

fixed - repariert; reparieren, flicken, fixieren, befestigen

wheels - Räder; Rad

carriage - Kutsche; Gang, Haltung, Wagen, Frachtgeld, Fracht, Fuhrlohn

weights - Gewicht

war - Krieg; Krieg führen

woods - Wälder; Holz

timber - Nutzholz, Balken, Bauholz

engines - Motoren; Motor, Triebwerk

five hundred - fünfhundert

carpenters - Zimmermänner; Zimmermann, Zimmerfrau

engineers - Ingenieure; Ingenieur, Ingenieurin, Maschinist, Maschinistin

frame - ausarbeiten, entwerfen, einfassen, einrahmen, festlegen

raised - angehoben; Gehaltszulage; aufsteigen, anheben, erhöhen

wide - breit, weit

arrival - Ankunft

parallel - parallel; parallel zu; Parallele; Breitengrad, Breitenkreis

Eighty poles, each of one foot high, were erected for this purpose, and very strong cords, of the bigness of packthread, were fastened by hooks to many bandages, which the workmen had girt round my neck, my hands, my body, and my legs. Nine hundred of the strongest men were employed to draw up these cords, by many pulleys fastened on the poles; and thus, in less than three hours, I was raised and slung into the engine, and there tied fast. All this I was told; for, while the operation was performing, I lay in a profound sleep, by the force of that soporiferous medicine infused into my liquor. Fifteen hundred of the emperor's largest horses, each about four inches and a half high, were employed to draw me towards the metropolis, which, as I said, was half a mile distant.

poles - Stangen; (North Pole) Nordpol

purpose - absicht, Absicht, Einsatzzweck, Zweck

packthread - Bindfaden, Packzwirn

hooks - Haken, Hookline, Haken, haken, haken, einhaken, haken

bandages - Verbände; Verband, bandagieren

workmen - Handwerker; Arbeiter

girt - Umfang, einfassen, gegürtet; (gird) Umfang, einfassen, gegürtet

neck - knutschen; Genick, Zapfen (Wellenhals), Nacken

employed - beschäftigt; einstellen, anstellen, anwerben, einsetzen

draw up - verfassen, entwerfen

pulleys - Umlenkrollen; Rolle

engine - Motor, Triebwerk, Antrieb

operation - Betrieb; Operation, Verknüpfung, Aktion, Unternehmen

performing - durchführen; ausführend, Ausführen, aufführend

lay in - einkellern

profound - tiefgründig; tiefgehend, profund

force - Kraft; zwingen, forcieren, erzwingen; Stärke, Macht, Einfluss

Medicine - Medizin; Heilkunst, Heilkunde, Arznei

infused - infundiert; ziehen lassen

liquor - Schnaps; Spirituose

metropolis - Metropole, Weltstadt

About four hours after we began our journey, I awaked by a very ridiculous accident; for the carriage being stopped a while, to adjust something that was out of order, two or three of the young natives had the curiosity to see how I looked when I was asleep; they climbed up into the engine, and advancing very softly to my face, one of them, an officer in the guards, put the sharp end of his half-pike a good way up into my left nostril, which tickled my nose like a straw, and made me sneeze violently; whereupon they stole off unperceived, and it was three weeks before I knew the cause of my waking so suddenly.

ridiculous - lächerlich

accident - Unfall; Zufall

adjust - anpassen, abstimmen, ausrichten, justieren

natives - Einheimische; gebürtig, gebürtig, einheimisch, nativ

climbed up - hinaufgestiegen

softly - sachte; leise

officer - Funktionär, Funktionärin, Beamter, Beamtin, Offizier, Offizierin

guards - Wächter, Parierstange, Schutz, schützen, bewachen

sharp - scharf; scharfsinning; spitz, -is, hoch, stechend

Pike - Spitze, Hecht

nostril - Nasenloch

tickled - gekitzelt; Kitzeln

straw - Halm, Strohhalm, Stroh, strohfarben, strohgelb, Stroh-

sneeze - niesen; Niesen

violently - gewaltsam; gewalttätig

Stole - Gestohlen; (to steal) stehlen, klauen, rauben; (steal); stehlen

unperceived - unbemerkt

cause - Ursache, Anlass, Grund, verursachen, auslösen, lassen

suddenly - plötzlich, urplötzlich

We made a long march the remaining part of the day, and, rested at night with five hundred guards on each side of me, half with torches, and half with bows and arrows, ready to shoot me if I should offer to stir. The next morning at sun-rise we continued our march, and arrived within two hundred yards of the city gates about noon. The emperor, and all his court, came out to meet us; but his great officers would by no means suffer his majesty to endanger his person by mounting on my body.

remaining - Überrest (2), de

rested - ausgeruht; Ruhe, Stütze, Lehne, ein Ăśbriges; bleiben, ruhen

torches - Fackeln; Fackel, anzünden

bows - Bücklinge, Bögen; (bow) Bücklinge, Bögen

shoot - schießen; Jagd, Spross (Pflanze), Schuss; flitzen (Auto)

gates - Tor, Flugsteig, Pforte, Schranke

noon - Mittag

Court - Hof, Hofstaat, Gericht, Gerichtshof, Platz, werben

officers - Offiziere; Funktionär, Funktionärin, Beamter, Beamtin, Offizier

endanger - gefährden

mounting - Befestigung; ersteigend, Halterung

At the place where the carriage stopped there stood an ancient temple, esteemed to be the largest in the whole kingdom; which, having been polluted some years before by an unnatural murder, was, according to the zeal of those people, looked upon as profane, and therefore had been applied to common use, and all the ornaments and furniture carried away. In this edifice it was determined I should lodge. The great gate fronting to the north was about four feet high, and almost two feet wide, through which I could easily creep. On each side of the gate was a small window, not above six inches from the ground: into that on the left side, the king's smith conveyed fourscore and eleven chains, like those that hang to a lady's watch in Europe, and almost as large, which were locked to my left leg with six-and-thirty padlocks. Over against this temple, on the other side of the great highway, at twenty feet distance, there was a turret at least five feet high. Here the emperor ascended, with many principal lords of his court, to have an opportunity of viewing me, as I was told, for I could not see them.

Temple - Tempel, Schläfe, Bethaus, Synagoge

esteemed - wertgeschätzt; Achtung, Ansehen

Polluted - Verschmutzt; verschmutzen

unnatural - unnatürlich

murder - Mord, mörderisch, ermorden, massakrieren, umbringen

zeal - Eifer, Begeisterung

profane - weltlich; profan

ornaments - Ornamente; Verzierung, musikalische Verzierung

furniture - Möbel

carried away - davongetragen

edifice - Bauwerk, Gebäude, Lehrgebäude, Gedankengebäude

Lodge - Lodge; Loge; Biberburg; feststecken, festklemmen, beherbergen

Gate - Tor, Flugsteig, Pforte, Schranke

creep - Fiesling; kriechen; schleichen; Knilch, Widerling

king - König

Smith - Schmidt, Schmied

fourscore - achtzig

chains - Kette, Kette, Kette, Kette, anketten, ketten

hang - hängen

lady - Herrin des Hauses, Hausherrin, Ehefrau des Hausherrn

locked - gesperrt; Schloss

padlocks - Vorhängeschlösser; Vorhängeschloss

against this - hiergegen

highway - Autobahn; Hauptstraße, Chaussee

turret - Revolver; Tourelle, Türmchen, Türmlein, Turm

ascended - aufgestiegen; steigen, aufsteigen

lords - Herrschaften; Gebieter, Herr, herrschen

opportunity - Gelegenheit, Chance, Möglichkeit

viewing - Besichtigung; (view); Aussicht; Anblick, Ansicht, Aufruf, View

It was reckoned that above a hundred thousand inhabitants came out of the town upon the same errand; and, in spite of my guards, I believe there could not be fewer than ten thousand at several times, who mounted my body by the help of ladders. But a proclamation was soon issued, to forbid it upon pain of death. When the workmen found it was impossible for me to break loose, they cut all the strings that bound me; whereupon I rose up, with as melancholy a disposition as ever I had in my life. But the noise and astonishment of the people, at seeing me rise and walk, are not to be expressed. The chains that held my left leg were about two yards long, and gave me not only the liberty of walking backwards and forwards in a semicircle, but, being fixed within four inches of the gate, allowed me to creep in, and lie at my full length in the temple.

errand - Besorgungen; Besorgung, Auftrag

spite - Bosheit; trotz

proclamation - Proklamation

issued - ausgestellt; ausgehen

forbid - verbieten, untersagen, verweigern, vorenthalten

Death - Tod, Exitus, der Tod, Untergang

impossible - unmöglich

rose - Rosa; (rise); Rosa

melancholy - Melancholie, Schwermut, Wehmut

expressed - ausgedrückt; bekunden, Eilzug, Schnellzug

semicircle - Halbkreis

allowed - erlaubt; erlauben, zulassen, akzeptieren, erlauben, zulassen

creep in - unterlaufen, einschleichen

full length - in Lebensgröße


The emperor of Lilliput, attended by several of the nobility, comes to see the author in his confinement. The emperor's person and habit described. Learned men appointed to teach the author their language. He gains favour by his mild disposition. His pockets are searched, and his sword and pistols taken from him.

confinement - Eingeschlossenheit; Gefangenschaft

appointed - ernannt; bestimmen, festlegen, ausstatten, ausrüsten, festlegen

gains - Gewinn, Zunahme, Verstärkung; erwerben, gewinnen, erlangen

favour - Gefallen; begünstigen, bevorzugen

mild - mild, ausgeglichen, checkzahm, schwach

pockets - Taschen; Tasche

searched - durchsucht; Suche, suchen, absuchen, durchsuchen, suchen

sword - Schwert; Schwertkämpfer, Schwertkämpferin

pistols - Pistolen; Pistole, Faustfeuerwaffe, Zündpistole

When I found myself on my feet, I looked about me, and must confess I never beheld a more entertaining prospect. The country around appeared like a continued garden, and the enclosed fields, which were generally forty feet square, resembled so many beds of flowers.

beheld - gesehen; betrachten, sehen, schauen, anschauen, ansehen

entertaining - unterhaltsam; (entertain); unterhalten

prospect - Anwärter; Sicht, Perspektive, Aussicht, Erwartung, Chance

enclosed - eingeschlossen; beifügen, einschliessen

fields - Felder; Feld

generally - im Allgemeinen

square - quadratisch; Quadrat; Platz; Feld

resembled - ähnelte; ähneln, gleichen

These fields were intermingled with woods of half a stang, [301] and the tallest trees, as I could judge, appeared to be seven feet high. I viewed the town on my left hand, which looked like the painted scene of a city in a theatre.

intermingled - vermengt; vermischen

judge - urteilen (nach), richten; Richter, Jurist

viewed - angesehen; Aussicht, Aussicht, Anblick, Sicht, Ansicht, Aufruf

scene - Szene

I had been for some hours extremely pressed by the necessities of nature; which was no wonder, it being almost two days since I had last disburdened myself. I was under great difficulties between urgency and shame. The best expedient I could think of, was to creep into my house, which I accordingly did; and shutting the gate after me, I went as far as the length of my chain would suffer, and discharged my body of that uneasy load. But this was the only time I was ever guilty of so uncleanly an action; for which I cannot but hope the candid reader will give some allowance, after he has maturely and impartially considered my case, and the distress I was in.

pressed - gedrückt; (pre) vor..

necessities - Notwendigkeiten; Notwendigkeit, Nezessität, Not, Bedürfnis

wonder - Wunder, Mirakel, wundern

disburdened - entlastet; entlasten

difficulties - Schwierigkeiten; Schwierigkeit

shame - Schamgefühl; Scham, Schande

expedient - zweckmäßig; angebracht, opportun, hilfreich, passend

accordingly - dementsprechend; logischerweise

shutting - (to shut) schließen, zumachen

Length - Länge, Längenmaß, Pferdelänge

chain - Kette; anketten

uneasy - Unbehagen; besorgt, unangenehm, unsicher

load - Last, Beschickung (Ladung), Belastung; beladen, ich lüde

guilty - schuldig

uncleanly - unsauber; unreinlich, unrein

candid - unvoreingenommen, vorurteilsfrei, unparteiisch, freimütig

maturely - reif

impartially - unvoreingenommen

case - Fall; Gehäuse, Prozess, Kiste, Fach

distress - Kummer, Bedrängnis, Drangsal, Bekümmerung, Not

From this time my constant practice was, as soon as I rose, to perform that business in open air, at the full extent of my chain; and due care was taken every morning before company came, that the offensive matter should be carried off in wheel-barrows, by two servants appointed for that purpose. I would not have dwelt so long upon a circumstance that, perhaps, at first sight, may appear not very momentous, if I had not thought it necessary to justify my character, in point of cleanliness, to the world; which, I am told, some of my maligners have been pleased, upon this and other occasions, to call in question.

constant - beständig, konstant, regelmäßig, stetig

perform - durchführen; verrichten; Arbeit leisten, Arbeit verrichten

open air - unter freiem Himmel, im Freiem, Freilicht

extent - Umfang, Ausdehnung, Ausmaß, Größe

due - fällig

care - kümmern; Sorgfalt, Aufbewahrung, Behandlung

offensive - beleidigend; offensiv; Offensive, Angriff

matter - Materie; Masse, Substanz, Stoff, Angelegenheit, Anlass

carried off - weggerafft

wheel - Rad; Steuerrad; Felge; kreisen

barrows - Karren; Hügel, Karre, Grabhügel, Tumulus

servants - Diener, Dienerin, Lakai, Kammerdiener, Zofe, Bediensteter

dwelt - wohnte; leben, verbleiben, wohnen, verweilen

circumstance - Umstand

momentous - bedeutsam

necessary - nötig, notwendig, erforderlich, zwangsläufig, geboten

justify - rechtfertigen; ausrichten, justieren

character - Figur, Person, Charakter, Original, Buchstabe, Zeichen

cleanliness - Sauberkeit, Reinlichkeit

occasions - Anlässe; Gelegenheit, Gelegenheit, Anlass

call in - zuziehen (Arzt), hereinrufen, hinzuziehen

When this adventure was at an end, I came back out of my house, having occasion for fresh air. The emperor was already descended from the tower, and advancing on horseback towards me, which had like to have cost him dear; for the beast, though very well trained, yet wholly unused to such a sight, which appeared as if a mountain moved before him, reared up on its hinder feet: but that prince, who is an excellent horseman, kept his seat, till his attendants ran in, and held the bridle, while his majesty had time to dismount. When he alighted, he surveyed me round with great admiration; but kept beyond the length of my chain. He ordered his cooks and butlers, who were already prepared, to give me victuals and drink, which they pushed forward in a sort of vehicles upon wheels, till I could reach them. I took these vehicles and soon emptied them all; twenty of them were filled with meat, and ten with liquor; each of the former afforded me two or three good mouthfuls; and I emptied the liquor of ten vessels, which was contained in earthen vials, into one vehicle, drinking it off at a draught; and so I did with the rest. The empress, and young princes of the blood of both sexes, attended by many ladies, sat at some distance in their chairs; but upon the accident that happened to the emperor's horse, they alighted, and came near his person, which I am now going to describe. He is taller by almost the breadth of my nail, than any of his court; which alone is enough to strike an awe into the beholders. His features are strong and masculine, with an Austrian lip and arched nose, his complexion olive, his countenance erect, his body and limbs well proportioned, all his motions graceful, and his deportment majestic. He was then past his prime, being twenty-eight years and three quarters old, of which he had reigned about seven in great felicity, and generally victorious. For the better convenience of beholding him, I lay on my side, so that my face was parallel to his, and he stood but three yards off: however, I have had him since many times in my hand, and therefore cannot be deceived in the description. His dress was very plain and simple, and the fashion of it between the Asiatic and the European; but he had on his head a light helmet of gold, adorned with jewels, and a plume on the crest.

adventure - Abenteuer

fresh - kess (frech), frisch, frech, pampig (ugs.)

descended - abstammen; absteigen, niedergehen, herunterkommen, herabsteigen

tower - starker Rückhalt, Turm; emporragen, hochragen, ragen

on horseback - zu Pferde, reitend (auf einem Pferd)

beast - Tier, Bestie, Unmensch, Biest

unused - unbenutzt

reared - aufgezogen; Hinter.., hinterster, Heck, Rück..

hinder - behindern, aufhalten, hindern; (hind) behindern, aufhalten

excellent - ausgezeichnet, hervorragend, großartig

horseman - Reiter

seat - Sitz, Sitzplatz, Sitzgelegenheit, Stuhl, Sitzmöbel

attendants - Betreuer; Begleiter, Wächter, Aufpasser, Aufseher, Wärter

bridle - Zaumzeug, Zaum, aufzäumen, Zaumzeug anlegen, zügeln

dismount - abnehmen, absteigen

alighted - Ausgestiegen; landen

surveyed - befragt; Umfrage, Untersuchung, Vermessung, überblicken

beyond - darüber hinaus; jenseits

butlers - Butler

pushed - geschoben; schieben, drängen, stoßen

forward - nachsenden, fördern, befördern, versenden, senden; dreist

vehicles - Fahrzeuge; Fahrzeug

emptied - geleert; leer, leeren, entleeren, ausleeren, leer machen

afforded - gewährt wird; leisten

mouthfuls - Bissen; mundvoll

contained - enthalten

earthen - Irdisch; Erden

vials - Fläschchen; Phiole

Empress - Kaiserin

princes - Prinzen; (prince) Fürst, Prinz

blood - anbluten

sexes - Geschlechter; Alter, Geschlecht, Wohnort?, Geschlecht

ladies - Damen; Herrin des Hauses, Hausherrin, Ehefrau des Hausherrn

breadth - Weite; Breite

nail - nageln (derb. koitieren); annageln, Nagel, nageln

alone - allein, einsam, selbst, nur, ausschließlich

strike - streichen; schlagen; prägen; streiken; scheinen; die Fahne streichen; Strike; Streik; Schlag

awe - Ehrfurcht; Staunen; einschüchtern

beholders - Betrachter, Beobachter

features - Merkmale; Besonderheit, Charakteristikum

masculine - männlich, maskulin, Maskulinum; maskulines Genus

Austrian - österreichisch; Österreicher, Österreicherin

lip - Lippe; Auslauf, Überlauf, Schnaupe, Ansatz

arched - gewölbt; Bogen

complexion - Teint, Gesichtsfarbe

olive - Oliven; Olive, olivfarben, olivfarbig

erect - aufrecht; stramm (Haltung), steif; errichten

limbs - Gliedmaßen; Schenkel (geol. Falte), Glied

proportioned - verhältnismäßig; Teil, Proportion, Anteil

motions - Bewegungen; Bewegung

graceful - anmutig, ansprechend, elegant, graziös

deportment - Aufführung, Benehmen, Haltung

majestic - majestätisch

prime - wichtigste

reigned - herrschte; Herrschaft, Regentschaft, Regentschaft, herrschen

Felicity - Felizitas, Felicitas

victorious - siegreich, obsiegend, triumphierend, triumphal, siegesstrahlend

convenience - Bequemlichkeit; Annehmlichkeit

beholding - betrachten, sehen, schauen, anschauen, ansehen

lay on - aufstreichen, anschließen, sorgen für

be deceived - sich täuschen lassen, sich irren (in)

plain - unscheinbar, einfach, vollständige, ehrlich

simple - einfach, simpel

fashion - Mode; Stil; fertigen, anfertigen

Asiatic - asiatisch

European - europäisch; Europäer, Europäerin

helmet - Helm

gold - Gold

adorned - geschmückt; schmücken, zieren, verzieren

jewels - Juwelen; Edelstein, Juwel

plume - Schadstofffahne, Abwasserfahne

crest - Wappen; Gipfel; Kamm, Haube, Krone, Helmzier, Zimir

He held his sword drawn in his hand to defend himself, if I should happen to break loose; it was almost three inches long; the hilt and scabbard were gold enriched with diamonds. His voice was shrill, but very clear and articulate; and I could distinctly hear it when I stood up. The ladies and courtiers were all most magnificently clad; so that the spot they stood upon seemed to resemble a petticoat spread upon the ground, embroidered with figures of gold and silver. His imperial majesty spoke often to me, and I returned answers: but neither of us could understand a syllable. There were several of his priests and lawyers present (as I conjectured by their habits), who were commanded to address themselves to me; and I spoke to them in as many languages as I had the least smattering of, which were High and Low Dutch, Latin, French, Spanish, Italian, and lingua franca, but all to no purpose. After about two hours the court retired, and I was left with a strong guard, to prevent the impertinence, and probably the malice of the rabble, who were very impatient to crowd about me as near as they durst; and some of them had the impudence to shoot their arrows at me, as I sat on the ground by the door of my house, whereof one very narrowly missed my left eye. But the colonel ordered six of the ringleaders to be seized, and thought no punishment so proper as to deliver them bound into my hands; which some of his soldiers accordingly did, pushing them forward with the butt-ends of their pikes into my reach. I took them all in my right hand, put five of them into my coat-pocket; and as to the sixth, I made a countenance as if I would eat him alive. The poor man squalled terribly, and the colonel and his officers were in much pain, especially when they saw me take out my penknife: but I soon put them out of fear; for, looking mildly, and immediately cutting the strings he was bound with, I set him gently on the ground, and away he ran. I treated the rest in the same manner, taking them one by one out of my pocket; and I observed both the soldiers and people were highly delighted at this mark of my clemency, which was represented very much to my advantage at court.

hilt - Griff

scabbard - Schwertscheide

enriched - bereichert; bereichern, anreichern

Diamonds - Diamanten; Stern, Diamant

articulate - wortgewandt; artikulieren, deutlich aussprechen

distinctly - deutlich

courtiers - Höflinge; Höfling, Schmeichler

magnificently - prächtig

clad - kaschiert, gekleidet; (clothe); bekleiden, anziehen

spot - Fleck, Punkt, Pickel, Pustel, Bisschen, Stelle, Ort, Werbespot

resemble - ähneln, gleichen

petticoat - Petticoat; Unterrock

spread - verteilen; spreizen; ausstreuen, verbreiten, auftragen

embroidered - bestickt; sticken, ausschmücken

figures - Zahlen; Abbildung, Figur, Gestalt, Ziffer, Form

silver - versilbern; silbern, Silber; Silberbesteck

priests - Priester, Priesterin, Pfarrer, Pfarrerin, Pastor, Pastorin

lawyers - Anwälte; Rechtsanwalt, Rechtsanwältin, Anwalt, Anwältin

habits - Gewohnheiten; Gepflogenheit, Angewohnheit

themselves - selbst; sich; sich selber

smattering - ein Klecks; oberflächlich redend; (smatter); labern; radebrechen

low - tief, niedrig, nieder, leise (Stimme); muhen, blöken (Rind)

Dutch - niederländisch, holländisch, Niederländisch, Holländisch

Latin - lateinisch, Latein

French - Französisch

Spanish - spanisch; Spanisch; Spanier

Italian - italienisch, italienischsprachig, italienischsprachlich

lingua franca - Verkehrssprache

retired - im Ruhestand; pensionieren, zurücktreten, sich zurückziehen

guard - Wächter; Parierstange; Schutz; schützen, bewachen

prevent - verhindern, vorbeugen, etwas daran hindern (zu geschehen)

impertinence - Unverfrorenheit; Unbedeutendheit, Unerheblichkeit

malice - Boshaftigkeit, Böse, Bosheit, Bösartigkeit

rabble - Pöbel, Gesindel

impatient - ungeduldig

crowd - Menschenmenge, Masse

impudence - Unverfrorenheit; Flegelei, Frechheit, Unverschämtheit

narrowly - eng

Colonel - Herr Oberst; Oberst

ringleaders - Anführer, Anführerin, Rädelsführer, Rädelsführerin

seized - beschlagnahmt; ergreifen, fassen, greifen, packen, ergreifen

punishment - Strafe, Bestrafung

soldiers - Soldaten; Soldat, Soldatin, Kämpfer

pushing - schieben, drängen, stoßen

butt - Hintern; stoßen; Kippe, Po

pikes - Hechte; Spitze, Hecht

Pocket - Tasche

sixth - sechste; Sechster; Sechstel; Sexte

poor man - Armer

squalled - geschrien; Böe, Sturmböe

Terribly - Schrecklich; furchtbar

penknife - Taschenmesser, Sackmesser

mildly - sanft, mild

highly - am Höchsten, hoch

delighted - erfreut; Freude, Entzückung, Wohlgefallen

mark - Markus

clemency - Begnadigung; Milde, Barmherzigkeit, Güte, Gütigkeit, Nachsicht

represented - vorstellen, darstellen, vertreten

advantage - Vorteil; Vorzug

Towards night I got with some difficulty into my house, where I lay on the ground, and continued to do so about a fortnight; during which time, the emperor gave orders to have a bed prepared for me.

fortnight - vierzehn Tage; vierzehn Tag age, zwei Wochen

Six hundred beds of the common measure were brought in carriages, and worked up in my house; a hundred and fifty of their beds, sewn together, made up the breadth and length; and these were four double: which, however, kept me but very indifferently from the hardness of the floor, that was of smooth stone. By the same computation, they provided me with sheets, blankets, and coverlets, tolerable enough for one who had been so long inured to hardships.

common measure - gemeinsamer Teiler

carriages - Kutschen; Kutsche, Gang, Haltung, Wagen, Frachtgeld

sewn - genäht; Nähen

double - doppelt; doppel-; doppellagig, zweilagig, gefüllt, kontra-

indifferently - gleichgültig

hardness - Härte

smooth - glatt; reibungslos, problemlos, glätten

stone - Stein; Edelstein, Schmuckstein, Kern, steinigen

sheets - Blätter; Blatt

blankets - Decke, Wolldecke, Bettdecke, Schicht, Lage, allgemein

coverlets - Überwürfe; Tagesdecke

tolerable - erträglich

Inured - Geheilt; abhärten, an (etwas) gewöhnen, gewöhnen

hardships - Nöte; Härte, Not, Entbehrung, Mühsal, Elend

In the mean time the emperor held frequent councils, to debate what course should be taken with me; and I was afterwards assured by a particular friend, a person of great quality, who was as much in the secret as any, that the court was under many difficulties concerning me. They apprehended my breaking loose; that my diet would be very expensive, and might cause a famine. Sometimes they determined to starve me; or at least to shoot me in the face and hands with poisoned arrows, which would soon despatch me; but again they considered, that the stench of so large a carcass might produce a plague in the metropolis, and probably spread through the whole kingdom. In the midst of these consultations, several officers of the army went to the door of the great council-chamber, and two of them being admitted, gave an account of my behaviour to the six criminals above-mentioned; which made so favourable an impression in the breast of his majesty and the whole board, in my behalf, that an imperial commission was issued out, obliging all the villages, nine hundred yards round the city, to deliver in every morning six beeves, forty sheep, and other victuals for my sustenance; together with a proportionable quantity of bread, and wine, and other liquors; for the due payment of which, his majesty gave assignments upon his treasury:-for this prince lives chiefly upon his own demesnes; seldom, except upon great occasions, raising any subsidies upon his subjects, who are bound to attend him in his wars at their own expense. An establishment was also made of six hundred persons to be my domestics, who had board-wages allowed for their maintenance, and tents built for them very conveniently on each side of my door. It was likewise ordered, that three hundred tailors should make me a suit of clothes, after the fashion of the country; that six of his majesty's greatest scholars should be employed to instruct me in their language; and lastly, that the emperor's horses, and those of the nobility and troops of guards, should be frequently exercised in my sight, to accustom themselves to me. All these orders were duly put in execution; and in about three weeks I made a great progress in learning their language; during which time the emperor frequently honoured me with his visits, and was pleased to assist my masters in teaching me.

councils - Räte; Rat

debate - Debatte; Diskussion; Streitgespräch; debattieren

particular - besonders; speziell, bestimmt, spezifisch, genau

secret - Geheimnis

apprehended - verhaftet; begreifen, verstehen, fangen, festnehmen

famine - Hungersnot, Hunger

starve - verhungern, Hungers sterben, verhungern lassen, aushungern

poisoned - vergiftet; Gift

despatch - Versenden; Tötung

stench - Gestank

carcass - Karkasse; Aas, Aase

produce - produzieren, herstellen, vorlegen, Produkt, Obst und Gemüse

plague - Pest; Plage, Seuche, Geißel, Quälgeist, zusetzen, plagen

midst - mittendrin; Mitten, Mitte, inmitten

consultations - Konsultationen; Beratung, Konsultation

chamber - Raum, Schlafzimmer, Kammer

admitted - zugelassen; einlassen, zulassen, zugeben, eingestehen, erlauben

criminals - kriminell, kriminell, kriminell, Krimineller, Kriminelle

above-mentioned - (above-mentioned) obenerwähnt, oben erwähnt

favourable - günstig

impression - Abdruck; Eindruck, Impression, Werbeeinblendung

board - Brett, Tafel

in my behalf - meinetwegen

commission - Auftrag; Kommission, Ausschuss, Abschlußprämie

obliging - zuvorkommend; verpflichten, einen Gefallen tun

beeves - Bienen

sustenance - Lebensunterhalt; Nahrung, Verpflegung

proportionable - verhältnismäßig

liquors - Spirituosen; Spirituose

payment - Bezahlung

assignments - Zuweisung, Übertragung, Zuordnung, Aufgabe, Aufgabengebiet

treasury - Schatzkammer

chiefly - hauptsächlich

demesnes - Grundbesitz, Hausmacht

seldom - selten

raising - Erhöhung; Erhebung; Großziehen, Aufziehen

subsidies - Subventionen; Subvention, Unterstützung, Subsidium

attend - teilnehmen; (to attend) mit etwas verbunden sein

wars - Kriege; Krieg, Krieg, Krieg führen, qualifier

establishment - Einrichtung; Verankerung (von Rechten), Feststellung

domestics - Einheimische; häuslich, Haus

wages - Löhne; führen

maintenance - Instandhaltung, Wartung, Unterhalt

tents - Zelte; Zelt

tailors - Schneider, Schneiderin, schneidern, zuschneiden, anpassen

suit - Anzug; Anzugträger; Farbe; passen

scholars - Student, Schüler, Schülerin, Studentin, Gelehrter, Gelehrter

employed - Beschäftigter, Arbeitnehmer, Angestellter

instruct - instruieren, briefen, anweisen

Lastly - Und schließlich; schließlich, zuletzt

troops - Truppe-p

accustom - gewöhnen; gewöhnen

duly - gebührend, ordnungsgemäß, pünktlich

execution - Ausführung; Hinrichtung

progress - fortschreiten, Fortschritte machen, weiterkommen; Fortgang

honoured - geehrt; Ehrung, Ehre; ehren; beehren, akzeptieren, annehmen

assist - assistieren, helfen, beistehen, unterstützen, vorlegen, Vorlage

masters - Haupt.., Grund, Meister, führend, leitend; bewältigen, meistern

We began already to converse together in some sort; and the first words I learnt, were to express my desire "that he would please give me my liberty;" which I every day repeated on my knees. His answer, as I could comprehend it, was, "that this must be a work of time, not to be thought on without the advice of his council, and that first I must lumos kelmin pesso desmar lon emposo;" that is, swear a peace with him and his kingdom. However, that I should be used with all kindness. And he advised me to "acquire, by my patience and discreet behaviour, the good opinion of himself and his subjects." He desired "I would not take it ill, if he gave orders to certain proper officers to search me; for probably I might carry about me several weapons, which must needs be dangerous things, if they answered the bulk of so prodigious a person." I said, "His majesty should be satisfied; for I was ready to strip myself, and turn up my pockets before him." This I delivered part in words, and part in signs. He replied, "that, by the laws of the kingdom, I must be searched by two of his officers; that he knew this could not be done without my consent and assistance; and he had so good an opinion of my generosity and justice, as to trust their persons in my hands; that whatever they took from me, should be returned when I left the country, or paid for at the rate which I would set upon them." I took up the two officers in my hands, put them first into my coat-pockets, and then into every other pocket about me, except my two fobs, and another secret pocket, which I had no mind should be searched, wherein I had some little necessaries that were of no consequence to any but myself. In one of my fobs there was a silver watch, and in the other a small quantity of gold in a purse. These gentlemen, having pen, ink, and paper, about them, made an exact inventory of every thing they saw; and when they had done, desired I would set them down, that they might deliver it to the emperor. This inventory I afterwards translated into English, and is, word for word, as follows:

converse - Umkehrung, umgekehrt, Gegenteil

desire - begehren; Begehren, Wunsch

comprehend - umfassen; verstehen, begreifen, erfassen, einsehen

swear - schwören

peace - Ruhe, Frieden, Friede

acquire - erwerben, akquirieren

patience - Geduld

discreet - diskret

ill - krank, siech, übel, schlecht, Übel

Certain - gewiss, sicher, irgendein, bestimmt

search - Suche; suchen, absuchen, durchsuchen

weapons - Waffen; Waffe

be satisfied - zufrieden sein

strip - Zeichenketten

turn up - aufbinden, erscheinen, auftauchen

replied - geantwortet; antworten, erwidern, Antwort, Entgegnung, Antwort

done without - entbehrte

generosity - Großzügigkeit, Generosität, Großmut, Freizügigkeit, Edelmut

justice - Gerechtigkeit, Genugtuung, Justiz

whatever - Jacke wie Hose; was immer, was auch immer, egal, naja, nebbich

rate - Wechselkurs, Devisenkurs, Kurs; Kommunalsteuer

fobs - Anhängern; Uhrentasche (in der Hose), frei (an Bord); abspeisen

necessaries - Notwendigkeiten; nötig, notwendig, erforderlich, zwangsläufig

purse - Handtasche; Geldbörse, Geldbeutel

gentlemen - Herr, Herr, Herr, meine Herren

exact - exakt, genau, fordern, abverlangen

inventory - Inventar, Lager, Inventarliste, Inventarverzeichnis, Inventur

translated - übersetzt; übersetzen, übertragen, verdolmetschen, dolmetschen

"Imprimis: In the right coat-pocket of the great man-mountain" (for so I interpret the words quinbus flestrin,) "after the strictest search, we found only one great piece of coarse-cloth, large enough to be a foot-cloth for your majesty's chief room of state. In the left pocket we saw a huge silver chest, with a cover of the same metal, which we, the searchers, were not able to lift. We desired it should be opened, and one of us stepping into it, found himself up to the mid leg in a sort of dust, some part whereof flying up to our faces set us both a sneezing for several times together. In his right waistcoat-pocket we found a prodigious bundle of white thin substances, folded one over another, about the bigness of three men, tied with a strong cable, and marked with black figures; which we humbly conceive to be writings, every letter almost half as large as the palm of our hands. In the left there was a sort of engine, from the back of which were extended twenty long poles, resembling the pallisados before your majesty's court: wherewith we conjecture the man-mountain combs his head; for we did not always trouble him with questions, because we found it a great difficulty to make him understand us. In the large pocket, on the right side of his middle cover" (so I translate the word ranfulo, by which they meant my breeches,) "we saw a hollow pillar of iron, about the length of a man, fastened to a strong piece of timber larger than the pillar; and upon one side of the pillar, were huge pieces of iron sticking out, cut into strange figures, which we know not what to make of. In the left pocket, another engine of the same kind. In the smaller pocket on the right side, were several round flat pieces of white and red metal, of different bulk; some of the white, which seemed to be silver, were so large and heavy, that my comrade and I could hardly lift them. In the left pocket were two black pillars irregularly shaped: we could not, without difficulty, reach the top of them, as we stood at the bottom of his pocket.

strictest - am strengsten; streng, streng

coarse - grob, grobkörnig, derb, primitiv

cloth - Stoff, Tuch

state - Staat, Land, Bundesland, Zustand, erklären, darlegen, nennen

huge - riesig

chest - Kiste, Brustkasten, Brust, Koffer

cover - Versicherungsdeckung ;überdecken;bespannen (mit Stoff ...), decken, überziehen;Ăśberzug , Umschlag , Hülle , Titel

metal - Metall; Metal

searchers - Suchender

lift - Lüften (Bremse), Lift, Aufzug; fördern, Auftrieb geben, heben

stepping - treten, treten (du trittst

dust - Staub; entstauben, abstauben, ein Sandbad nehmen, sandbaden

sneezing - niesen; (sneeze); niesen; Niesen

waistcoat - Weste

bundle - Bündel

substances - Stoffe; Substanz, Stoff, Substanz, Substanz, Substanz

folded - falten, zusammenlegen, verschränken (Arme); Falte, gefaltete

marked - markiert; Markus, Markus, Markus

humbly - demütig

conceive - schwanger werden; konzipieren, erdenken, ersinnen, empfangen

writings - Schriftstücke; (write) verfassen

palm - Handfläche; Palme, Schaufel (am Geweih)

extended - erweitert; erweitern, ausdehnen, erweitern, ausdehnen, ausweiten

resembling - ähneln, gleichen

conjecture - Mutmaßungen; Vermutung, Verdacht, Mutmaßung, Hypothese

combs - Kämme; Kamm

Middle - Mittelpunkt; Mitte; Mittel-, mittlere, mittig

translate - übersetzen, übertragen, verdolmetschen

breeches - Reithosen; Schwanzschraube

hollow - hohl, dumpf

of iron - stählern (Körper, Wille)

sticking out - (stick out) herausragen, rausstrecken (ugs.), herausstehen

strange - seltsam, sonderbar, komisch, verwunderlich, fremd, ausländisch

heavy - heftig, schwer, stark (Regen)

comrade - Kamerad; Genosse, Genossin

pillars - Pfeilern; Pfeiler, Säule

irregularly - unregelmäßig

One of them was covered, and seemed all of a piece: but at the upper end of the other there appeared a white round substance, about twice the bigness of our heads. Within each of these was enclosed a prodigious plate of steel; which, by our orders, we obliged him to show us, because we apprehended they might be dangerous engines. He took them out of their cases, and told us, that in his own country his practice was to shave his beard with one of these, and cut his meat with the other. There were two pockets which we could not enter: these he called his fobs; they were two large slits cut into the top of his middle cover, but squeezed close by the pressure of his belly. Out of the right fob hung a great silver chain, with a wonderful kind of engine at the bottom. We directed him to draw out whatever was at the end of that chain; which appeared to be a globe, half silver, and half of some transparent metal; for, on the transparent side, we saw certain strange figures circularly drawn, and thought we could touch them, till we found our fingers stopped by the lucid substance. He put this engine into our ears, which made an incessant noise, like that of a water-mill: and we conjecture it is either some unknown animal, or the god that he worships; but we are more inclined to the latter opinion, because he assured us, (if we understood him right, for he expressed himself very imperfectly) that he seldom did any thing without consulting it. He called it his oracle, and said, it pointed out the time for every action of his life. From the left fob he took out a net almost large enough for a fisherman, but contrived to open and shut like a purse, and served him for the same use: we found therein several massy pieces of yellow metal, which, if they be real gold, must be of immense value.

covered - abgedeckt; Deckel, Abdeckung, Deckung, Versteck

substance - Substanz, Stoff

plate - Teller; Platte (Druckplatte); Lagerplatte, Lochstein (Uhr)

of steel - stählern (Nerven)

obliged - verpflichtet; verpflichten, einen Gefallen tun

cases - Fälle; Gehäuse, Prozess, Kiste, Fach

shave - rasieren

beard - Bart; Alibifreundin

enter - reingehen, hineingehen, hereingehen, eintreten

slits - Nut, Schlitz, Spalt, Schlitz, Schamritze, Ritze, Schamspalte

squeezed - ausgequetscht; drücken, klemmen, pressen, quetschen, quetschen

pressure - Druck; unter Druck setzen

belly - Bauch, Magen

fob - Schlüsselanhänger; Uhrentasche (in der Hose)

hung - aufgehängt; hängen

globe - Erde, Erdkugel, Globus

circularly - kreisförmig

touch - anfassen, berühren, Berührung, Tasten, Spur

fingers - fingern

lucid - luzide; klar, übersichtlich, verständlich, einleuchtend

incessant - ständig, unablässig, unaufhörlich

Mill - Promille, 1/10 Prozent; Mühle, Fabrik; fräsen, anfräsen

unknown - unbekannt; Unbekannte; Unbekannter

God - Gott

worships - verehrt; Verehrung, Anbetung, Gottesdienst, Verehrung, Anbetung

imperfectly - unvollkommen

consulting - Beratung; Rat halten, beraten, beratschlagen, beraten

Oracle - Orakel, Orakelspruch, orakeln

net - vernetzen; netzartig, Tüll, Netto, Netz; einnetzen

fisherman - Fischer, Fischerin, Angler, Anglerin, Fischereiboot

contrived - ausgeklügelt; ersinnen, entwerfen, bewerkstelligen

shut - geschlossen; (to shut) schließen, zumachen

served - bedient; Angabe, dienen, servieren, aufschlagen

Therein - darin

massy - massig

immense - immens

value - Wert, Wichtigkeit, Notenwert, Tonwert, Werte, schätzen

"Having thus, in obedience to your majesty's commands, diligently searched all his pockets, we observed a girdle about his waist made of the hide of some prodigious animal, from which, on the left side, hung a sword of the length of five men; and on the right, a bag or pouch divided into two cells, each cell capable of holding three of your majesty's subjects.

obedience - Gehorsam, Folgsamkeit, Gehorsamkeit

commands - Befehl, Kommando

diligently - fleißig

girdle - Gürtel, Hüfthalter

waist - Taille; Rumpf

hide - verbergen, verheimlichen, verstecken, verdecken

pouch - Beutel

divided - geteilt; aufteilen, teilen, einteilen, teilen, dividieren

cells - Zellen; Zelle, Speicherzelle

In one of these cells were several globes, or balls, of a most ponderous metal, about the bigness of our heads, and requiring a strong hand to lift them: the other cell contained a heap of certain black grains, but of no great bulk or weight, for we could hold above fifty of them in the palms of our hands.

globes - Kugeln; Erde, Erdkugel, Globus

most ponderous - schwerfälligste

requiring - erfordern; verlangend, verlangt; (require); erfordern; brauchen

cell - Zelle, Speicherzelle

heap - Menschenmenge, Masse, Haufen, Haufe, Heap

grains - Körner; Korn, Samenkorn, Maserung

weight - Gewicht; beschweren, gewichten

palms - Palmen; Palme, Schaufel (am Geweih)

"This is an exact inventory of what we found about the body of the man-mountain, who used us with great civility, and due respect to your majesty's commission. Signed and sealed on the fourth day of the eighty-ninth moon of your majesty's auspicious reign.

respect - Achtung, Respekt, respektieren

signed - unterzeichnet; Wert, Zeichen, Hinweistafel

sealed - versiegelt; versiegeln; Siegel, Stempel, Seehund

ninth - neunte; Neunter; Neuntel

moon - Mond, Erdtrabant, Erdsatellit

auspicious - verheißungsvoll

Clefrin Frelock, Marsi Frelock."

When this inventory was read over to the emperor, he directed me, although in very gentle terms, to deliver up the several particulars. He first called for my scimitar, which I took out, scabbard and all. In the mean time he ordered three thousand of his choicest troops (who then attended him) to surround me at a distance, with their bows and arrows just ready to discharge; but I did not observe it, for mine eyes were wholly fixed upon his majesty. He then desired me to draw my scimitar, which, although it had got some rust by the sea water, was, in most parts, exceeding bright. I did so, and immediately all the troops gave a shout between terror and surprise; for the sun shone clear, and the reflection dazzled their eyes, as I waved the scimitar to and fro in my hand. His majesty, who is a most magnanimous prince, was less daunted than I could expect: he ordered me to return it into the scabbard, and cast it on the ground as gently as I could, about six feet from the end of my chain. The next thing he demanded was one of the hollow iron pillars; by which he meant my pocket pistols. I drew it out, and at his desire, as well as I could, expressed to him the use of it; and charging it only with powder, which, by the closeness of my pouch, happened to escape wetting in the sea (an inconvenience against which all prudent mariners take special care to provide,) I first cautioned the emperor not to be afraid, and then I let it off in the air. The astonishment here was much greater than at the sight of my scimitar. Hundreds fell down as if they had been struck dead; and even the emperor, although he stood his ground, could not recover himself for some time. I delivered up both my pistols in the same manner as I had done my scimitar, and then my pouch of powder and bullets; begging him that the former might be kept from fire, for it would kindle with the smallest spark, and blow up his imperial palace into the air.

read over - überlesen;überlas

gentle - liebenswürdig; einfühlsam, sanftmütig, gemächlich, sachte

terms - Bedingungen; Termin, Semester, Begriff; Spielzeit

scimitar - Krummsäbel, Scimitar

choicest - am wählerischsten; Wahl, Wahl, Auswahl, erlesen

surround - umgeben, umringen, umzingeln

discharge - entladen; entlassen; Ablauf; Befreiung; Entladung; Entlassung

rust - rosten, verrosten, einrosten; Rost (Eisen)

sea water - Meerwasser

exceeding - überschreiten, hinausgehen über, übertreffen, übersteigen

bright - fröhlich, aufgeweckt, leuchtend, klar, hell

terror - Schrecken, Grauen, schreckliche Furcht, Terror

surprise - Überraschung; Überraschung

shone - leuchtete; schimmern, wienern; Schein; putzen (Schuhe)

reflection - Reflexion, Abbild, Reflektion, Abwägung

dazzled - geblendet; blenden, verblüffen, faszinieren, bezaubern, betören

waved - winkte; wehen, winken mit, flattern

magnanimous - großmütig

daunted - entmutigt; abschrecken, entmutigen, einschüchtern, überwältigen

cast - werfen; wegwerfen, hinwerfen, gießen, Cast, Besetzung, Ensemble

demanded - gefordert; Nachfrage, Bedarf, Nachfrage, Anspruch, verlangen

iron - eisern; bügeln; in Eisen legen

charging - Aufladung; Entgelt

powder - Puder, g; (''otherwise:'') Pulver, Puder

closeness - Nähe

escape - entgehen, ausweichen, davonkommen, Flucht

wetting - Befeuchten; (wet) anfeuchten, wässern; (wet); nass, feucht

inconvenience - Unannehmlichkeit; lästig sein, stören

provide - bieten; sorgen, den Unterhalt sichern, besorgen, beschaffen

cautioned - gewarnt; Warnung, Vorsicht, Vorsicht, Achtsamkeit, Behutsamkeit

struck - angeschlagen; streichen, schlagen, prägen, streiken, scheinen

recover - wiederfinden, sich erholen, beikommen

begging - bittend, bettelnd; (beg) bittend, bettelnd

kindle - anzünden

spark - Funken; Funke; aufkeimen lassen, entfachen

blow up - aufblasen

Palace - Palast; Schloss

I likewise delivered up my watch, which the emperor was very curious to see, and commanded two of his tallest yeomen of the guards to bear it on a pole upon their shoulders, as draymen in England do a barrel of ale. He was amazed at the continual noise it made, and the motion of the minute-hand, which he could easily discern; for their sight is much more acute than ours: he asked the opinions of his learned men about it, which were various and remote, as the reader may well imagine without my repeating; although indeed I could not very perfectly understand them. I then gave up my silver and copper money, my purse, with nine large pieces of gold, and some smaller ones; my knife and razor, my comb and silver snuff-box, my handkerchief and journal-book. My scimitar, pistols, and pouch, were conveyed in carriages to his majesty's stores; but the rest of my goods were returned me.

Curious - neugierig, sonderbar, merkwürdig

Yeomen - Freisasse

bear - Bär; (to bear) ertragen, aushalten

pole - Pfahl; (North Pole) Nordpol

barrel - Fass, Tonne, Gebinde, Barrel, Trommel, Hohlzylinder

ale - Ale

amazed - erstaunt; verwundern

continual - fortlaufend

minute-hand - (minute-hand) Minutenzeiger

discern - erkennen, wahrnehmen, bemerken, feststellen

more acute - akutere

various - verschiedene

perfectly - perfekt, einwandfrei, vollkommen, durchaus

copper - Kupfer

knife - Messer; messern

razor - Rasiermesser, Rasierapparat, Rasierer

comb - Kamm

snuff - schnüffeln, schnuppern; Butzen, schnupfen, Schnupftabak

handkerchief - Taschentuch

journal - Zapfen (im Drehlager), Ztschr. Zeitschrift

stores - Geschäfte; Lager

I had as I before observed, one private pocket, which escaped their search, wherein there was a pair of spectacles (which I sometimes use for the weakness of mine eyes,) a pocket perspective, and some other little conveniences; which, being of no consequence to the emperor, I did not think myself bound in honour to discover, and I apprehended they might be lost or spoiled if I ventured them out of my possession.

private - privat; privat

spectacles - Brillen; Spektakel

weakness - Schwäche, Faible

perspective - Aussicht; Perspektive

conveniences - Annehmlichkeiten; Bequemlichkeit, Annehmlichkeit, Bequemlichkeit

bound in honour - moralisch verpflichtet

discover - entdecken; erleben, erfahren, dabei sein

be lost - verloren gehen, nicht mehr weiterwissen, sich verirrt haben

spoiled - verwöhnt; plündern, ruinieren, verderben, kaputtmachen

possession - Gut; Besessenheit; Ballbesitz


The author diverts the emperor, and his nobility of both sexes, in a very uncommon manner. The diversions of the court of Lilliput described. The author has his liberty granted him upon certain conditions.

diverts - ablenkt; umlenken, umleiten, ablenken, unterhalten

uncommon - ungebräuchlich; ungewöhnlich

diversions - Ablenkungen; Ablenkung, Ablenkungsmanöver

granted - gewährt; gewähren, erteilen, bewilligen

conditions - Bedingungen; Bedingung, Kondition, Bedingung, Voraussetzung

My gentleness and good behaviour had gained so far on the emperor and his court, and indeed upon the army and people in general, that I began to conceive hopes of getting my liberty in a short time. I took all possible methods to cultivate this favourable disposition. The natives came, by degrees, to be less apprehensive of any danger from me. I would sometimes lie down, and let five or six of them dance on my hand; and at last the boys and girls would venture to come and play at hide-and-seek in my hair.

gentleness - Sanftheit; Sanftmut

Gained - Gewonnen; Gewinn, Zunahme, Verstärkung; erwerben, gewinnen

cultivate - kultivieren, anbauen, pflegen, bestellen

by degrees - nach und nach

apprehensive - beunruhigt

danger - Gefahr, Risiko, Bedrohung; (dang); Gefahr, Risiko, Bedrohung

hide-and-seek - (hide-and-seek) Versteckspiel

I had now made a good progress in understanding and speaking the language. The emperor had a mind one day to entertain me with several of the country shows, wherein they exceed all nations I have known, both for dexterity and magnificence. I was diverted with none so much as that of the rope-dancers, performed upon a slender white thread, extended about two feet, and twelve inches from the ground. Upon which I shall desire liberty, with the reader's patience, to enlarge a little.

entertain - jdn. zu Gast haben;bewirten, unterhalten

exceed - überschreiten, hinausgehen über, übertreffen, übersteigen

diverted - umgelenkt; umlenken, umleiten, ablenken, unterhalten

rope - Tau, Seil, Strang

thread - Thema; Faden, Garn, Zwirn, Nähgarn

enlarge - vergrößern

This diversion is only practised by those persons who are candidates for great employments, and high favour at court. They are trained in this art from their youth, and are not always of noble birth, or liberal education. When a great office is vacant, either by death or disgrace (which often happens,) five or six of those candidates petition the emperor to entertain his majesty and the court with a dance on the rope; and whoever jumps the highest, without falling, succeeds in the office. Very often the chief ministers themselves are commanded to show their skill, and to convince the emperor that they have not lost their faculty.

diversion - Ablenkung, Ablenkungsmanöver, Unterhaltung

candidates - Kandidaten; Kandidat, Kandidatin, Wahlbewerber, Wahlbewerberin

employments - Beschäftigungen; Anstellung, Beschäftigung, Erwerbstätigkeit

youth - Jugend, Jugendlichkeit, Jugendzeit, Jugendlicher, Jugendliche

noble - edel; Adeliger, Adliger, Adelige, Adlige

birth - Geburt; Niederkunft, Ursprung, Herkunft

liberal - freiheitlich; liberal; Liberaler

vacant - unbesetzt; frei, vakant, leer, nichtssagend, ausdruckslos

disgrace - Ungnade, Schande, Schmach

petition - Petition, Eingabe

entertain - unterhalten

Whoever - wer immer, wer auch immer

jumps - springt; (to jump) springen, hüpfen

succeeds - erfolgreich ist; nachfolgen, gelingen, geraten, nachfolgen

convince - überzeugen

faculty - der Fakultät; Kollegium, Lehrpersonal, Fakultät, Vermögen

Flimnap, the treasurer, is allowed to cut a caper on the straight rope, at least an inch higher than any other lord in the whole empire. I have seen him do the summerset several times together, upon a trencher fixed on a rope which is no thicker than a common packthread in England. My friend Reldresal, principal secretary for private affairs, is, in my opinion, if I am not partial, the second after the treasurer; the rest of the great officers are much upon a par.

treasurer - Finanzminister; Finanzdirektor, Leiter der Finanzabteilung

caper - Kaperfahrt; Streich (übermütiger), Kaper, Kapriole

straight - gerade; aufrecht, aufrichtig, offen, ungeschminkt

inch - Zoll (2, 54 cm), Zoll (Längenmaß)

Empire - Reich, Imperium, Kaiserreich, Kaisertum, Weltreich

summerset - Sommerset

trencher - Grabenfräse

thicker - dicker; dick, dick, dicht, dick, plump, mitten in

secretary - Sekretär, Sekretärin, Staatssekretär, Schreibsekretär

affairs - Angelegenheiten; Angelegenheit, Angelegenheit, Scharmützel

partial - teilweise, partiell, parteiisch

These diversions are often attended with fatal accidents, whereof great numbers are on record. I myself have seen two or three candidates break a limb. But the danger is much greater, when the ministers themselves are commanded to show their dexterity; for, by contending to excel themselves and their fellows, they strain so far that there is hardly one of them who has not received a fall, and some of them two or three.

fatal - verhängnisvoll, fatal, tödlich

accidents - Unfälle; Unfall, Zufall, Unfall, Unfall, Unfall

on record - aktenkundig

limb - Gliedmaßen; Schenkel (geol. Falte), Glied

contending - konkurrieren; streitend, disputierend; (contend); streiten

excel - ausstechen, übersteigen, übertreffen, sich hervortun

fellows - Kameraden; Stipendiat, Typ, Kerl, Bursche; Gefährte, Kerl

strain - Belastung; Spannung, starke Inanspruchnahme, Zug; anstrengen

I was assured that, a year or two before my arrival, Flimnap would infallibly have broke his neck, if one of the king's cushions, that accidentally lay on the ground, had not weakened the force of his fall.

infallibly - unfehlbar

cushions - Kissen

accidentally - zufällig, durch Zufall, aus Versehen, versehentlich

weakened - geschwächt; schwächen, abschwächen, schwächeln

There is likewise another diversion, which is only shown before the emperor and empress, and first minister, upon particular occasions. The emperor lays on the table three fine silken threads of six inches long; one is blue, the other red, and the third green. These threads are proposed as prizes for those persons whom the emperor has a mind to distinguish by a peculiar mark of his favour. The ceremony is performed in his majesty's great chamber of state, where the candidates are to undergo a trial of dexterity very different from the former, and such as I have not observed the least resemblance of in any other country of the new or old world. The emperor holds a stick in his hands, both ends parallel to the horizon, while the candidates advancing, one by one, sometimes leap over the stick, sometimes creep under it, backward and forward, several times, according as the stick is advanced or depressed.

lays - liegt; richten (Tisch)

silken - seidig; seiden

threads - Fäden; Faden, Garn

proposed - vorgeschlagen; vorschlagen, einen Heiratsantrag machen

prizes - Preise; Prämie, Preis, Gewinn

peculiar - eigentümlich; merkwürdig, seltsam

ceremony - Zeremonie, feierliche Handlung, Ritual, Feier

undergo - unterziehen; durchmachen

trial - Erprobung, Prozess, Versuch, Probe

resemblance - Ähnlichkeit

holds - hält; innehaben

horizon - Horizont

leap - hervorspringen, hüpfen, überspringen

under it - darunter

backward - zurück, nach hinten, rückwärts, zögerlich, gehemmt, rückständig

depressed - deprimiert; deprimieren

Sometimes the emperor holds one end of the stick, and his first minister the other; sometimes the minister has it entirely to himself. Whoever performs his part with most agility, and holds out the longest in leaping and creeping, is rewarded with the blue-coloured silk; the red is given to the next, and the green to the third, which they all wear girt twice round about the middle; and you see few great persons about this court who are not adorned with one of these girdles.

performs - durchführt; verrichten, Arbeit leisten, Arbeit verrichten

agility - Beweglichkeit, Agilität, Wendigkeit

holds out - verharrt

creeping - schleichend; kriechen, schleichen, schleichen, kriechen

silk - Seide

round about - rundherum

girdles - Gürtel, Hüfthalter

The horses of the army, and those of the royal stables, having been daily led before me, were no longer shy, but would come up to my very feet without starting. The riders would leap them over my hand, as I held it on the ground; and one of the emperor's huntsmen, upon a large courser, took my foot, shoe and all; which was indeed a prodigious leap. I had the good fortune to divert the emperor one day after a very extraordinary manner. I desired he would order several sticks of two feet high, and the thickness of an ordinary cane, to be brought me; whereupon his majesty commanded the master of his woods to give directions accordingly; and the next morning six woodmen arrived with as many carriages, drawn by eight horses to each. I took nine of these sticks, and fixing them firmly in the ground in a quadrangular figure, two feet and a half square, I took four other sticks, and tied them parallel at each corner, about two feet from the ground; then I fastened my handkerchief to the nine sticks that stood erect; and extended it on all sides, till it was tight as the top of a drum; and the four parallel sticks, rising about five inches higher than the handkerchief, served as ledges on each side. When I had finished my work, I desired the emperor to let a troop of his best horses twenty-four in number, come and exercise upon this plain. His majesty approved of the proposal, and I took them up, one by one, in my hands, ready mounted and armed, with the proper officers to exercise them.

royal stables - Marstall

daily - tgl, tägl. täglich, tägliche, tagtäglich

Shy - schüchtern, scheu, verlegen

riders - Reitern; Reiter, Reiterin, Mitfahrer, Mitfahrerin

huntsmen - Waidmänner; Jägersmann, Grünrock (Jäger), Waidmann

divert - umlenken, umleiten, ablenken, unterhalten

extraordinary - außerordentlich, außergewöhnlich

sticks - Stöcke; stich!, ich/er/sie stäche, ich/er/sie stach; Schläger

thickness - Dicke

cane - Schilfrohr; Rohr; Rohrstock; Blindenstock, weisser Langstock

fixing - Reparieren; befestigend, fixierend

quadrangular - viereckig

figure - Abbildung; Figur; Gestalt; Ziffer; Form

corner - Ecke, Winkel, in die Enge treiben

all sides - allseitig

tight - knapp, eng, dicht, tight, fest

drum - Trommel

rising - steigend, aufgehend; (rise); steigend, aufgehend

ledges - Leisten; Felsvorsprung

troop - Truppe

approved - genehmigt; billigen, genehmigen, zusagen

proposal - Vorschlag; Heiratsantrag

As soon as they got into order they divided into two parties, performed mock skirmishes, discharged blunt arrows, drew their swords, fled and pursued, attacked and retired, and in short discovered the best military discipline I ever beheld. The parallel sticks secured them and their horses from falling over the stage; and the emperor was so much delighted, that he ordered this entertainment to be repeated several days, and once was pleased to be lifted up and give the word of command; and with great difficulty persuaded even the empress herself to let me hold her in her close chair within two yards of the stage, when she was able to take a full view of the whole performance. It was my good fortune, that no ill accident happened in these entertainments; only once a fiery horse, that belonged to one of the captains, pawing with his hoof, struck a hole in my handkerchief, and his foot slipping, he overthrew his rider and himself; but I immediately relieved them both, and covering the hole with one hand, I set down the troop with the other, in the same manner as I took them up. The horse that fell was strained in the left shoulder, but the rider got no hurt; and I repaired my handkerchief as well as I could: however, I would not trust to the strength of it any more, in such dangerous enterprises.

Mock - Spott; Nachahmung, Imitation, Parodie, Veralberung, Prototyp

skirmishes - Scharmützel

blunt - schonungslos, offen, ungehobelt, sehr deutlich; abstumpfen

swords - Schwerter; Schwert

fled - geflohen; fliehen, flüchten, fliehen, entfliehen, flüchten

pursued - Verfolgt; verfolgen, folgen, beschreiten, nachjagen, nachgehen

attacked - angegriffen; Attacke, Angriff, Angriff, Attacke, Anfall, Anfall

military - Militär

discipline - Disziplin; Strafe, Bestrafung, disziplinieren

secured - gesichert; sicher, geschützt, beschützt, sicher, geschützt

lifted - angehoben; Lüften (Bremse), Lift, Aufzug; fördern

Command - Befehl, Kommando, befehlen, kommandieren, gebieten, beherrschen

persuaded - überredet; überreden, gewinnen, verführen, bestechen

view - Aussicht; Anblick, Ansicht, Aufruf, View, sehen

hole - Bohrung, Markierung, Höhle, Loch

performance - Durchführung, Leistung, Aufführung, Auftritt, Performance

entertainments - Unterhaltungen; Unterhaltung

fiery - feurig, Feuer

belonged - gehörte; zugehören; gehören (zu)

captains - Kapitäne; Stabshauptmann, Hauptmann, Kapitän zur See, Kapitän

pawing - betatschen; Tatze, Pfote, Pranke

hoof - Huf

slipping - Ausrutschen; Versprecher; Rutschen (geradeaus); Lapsus

overthrew - umgestürzt; umstürzen (Politik)

rider - Reiter, Reiterin, Mitfahrer, Mitfahrerin, Zusatzklausel

relieved - Erleichtert; erleichtern, lindern, entlasten, ablösen

covering - Abdeckung; zudeckend; (cover); Deckel, Abdeckung, Versteck

set down - niederstellen, absetzen, niederschreiben

strained - angespannt; Spannung, starke Inanspruchnahme, Zug; anstrengen

repaired - repariert; reparieren, instandsetzen, ausbessern

enterprises - Unternehmen

About two or three days before I was set at liberty, as I was entertaining the court with this kind of feat, there arrived an express to inform his majesty, that some of his subjects, riding near the place where I was first taken up, had seen a great black substance lying on the around, very oddly shaped, extending its edges round, as wide as his majesty's bedchamber, and rising up in the middle as high as a man; that it was no living creature, as they at first apprehended, for it lay on the grass without motion; and some of them had walked round it several times; that, by mounting upon each other's shoulders, they had got to the top, which was flat and even, and, stamping upon it, they found that it was hollow within; that they humbly conceived it might be something belonging to the man-mountain; and if his majesty pleased, they would undertake to bring it with only five horses. I presently knew what they meant, and was glad at heart to receive this intelligence. It seems, upon my first reaching the shore after our shipwreck, I was in such confusion, that before I came to the place where I went to sleep, my hat, which I had fastened with a string to my head while I was rowing, and had stuck on all the time I was swimming, fell off after I came to land; the string, as I conjecture, breaking by some accident, which I never observed, but thought my hat had been lost at sea.

feat - Leistung; Kunststück

taken up - aufgegriffen

oddly - Seltsam; einzeln, sonderbar

extending - erweitern, ausdehnen, erweitern, ausdehnen, ausweiten

edges - Kanten; Rand, Seite, Kante, Kante, Vorsprung, Klinge, Schneide

bedchamber - Schlafgemach

stamping - Stempeln; stampfen; (stamp); Stempel; stempeln; freimachen

conceived - erdacht; konzipieren, erdenken, ersinnen, empfangen, verstehen

belonging - Zugehörigkeit; gehörend

undertake - unternehmen, ausführen, verpflichten

Presently - Gegenwärtig; sogleich

Glad - Erfreut; freudig, froh

at heart - im Grunde genommen, im Innersten

receive - bekommen, erhalten, empfangen, kriegen

reaching - erreichen; erzielen, greifen (nach)

shipwreck - Schiffswrack; Schiffbruch

confusion - Verwirrung, Durcheinander, Konfusion, Verwechslung

string - Schnur; Zeichenkette, String, Saite, auffädeln, einfädeln

rowing - rudernd; (row) rudernd

stuck on - angeklebt

I entreated his imperial majesty to give orders it might be brought to me as soon as possible, describing to him the use and the nature of it: and the next day the waggoners arrived with it, but not in a very good condition; they had bored two holes in the brim, within an inch and half of the edge, and fastened two hooks in the holes; these hooks were tied by a long cord to the harness, and thus my hat was dragged along for above half an English mile; but, the ground in that country being extremely smooth and level, it received less damage than I expected.

entreated - angefleht; ersuchen

holes - Löcher; Bohrung, Markierung, Höhle, Loch

brim - Krempe; übersprudeln; Rand

edge - Rand; Seite, Kante, Vorsprung, Klinge, Schneide, schieben

cord - Schnur, Kordel, Strick, Kabel, Litze

harness - Gurtzeug; Geschirr, Pferdegeschirr, Gurt, Anschnallgurt

dragged - geschleppt; Planierschleppe; nachschleppen, schleppen, ziehen

along - entlang, längs, weiter

level - Niveau; eben; auf gleicher Höhe

damage - Schaden; beschädigen

expected - erwartet; erwarten, erwarten, erwarten

Two days after this adventure, the emperor, having ordered that part of his army which quarters in and about his metropolis, to be in readiness, took a fancy of diverting himself in a very singular manner. He desired I would stand like a Colossus, with my legs as far asunder as I conveniently could. He then commanded his general (who was an old experienced leader, and a great patron of mine) to draw up the troops in close order, and march them under me; the foot by twenty-four abreast, and the horse by sixteen, with drums beating, colours flying, and pikes advanced.

readiness - Bereitschaft

fancy - schick; extravagant, originell

diverting - ablenkend; umlenken, umleiten, ablenken, unterhalten

singular - einzeln; einzigartig; ungewöhnlich; singularisch; singulär; Einzahl

colossus - Koloss, Riese, Gigant

asunder - zerreißen

experienced - Erlebnis

leader - Anführer, Anführerin, Leiter, Hauptmann

abreast - übereinstimmend; beieinander, nebeneinander, auf dem Laufenden

drums - Schlagzeug; Trommel

beating - Schlagen, Prügel, Verprüglung, vernichtende Niederlage

This body consisted of three thousand foot, and a thousand horse. His majesty gave orders, upon pain of death, that every soldier in his march should observe the strictest decency with regard to my person; which however could not prevent some of the younger officers from turning up their eyes as they passed under me: and, to confess the truth, my breeches were at that time in so ill a condition, that they afforded some opportunities for laughter and admiration.

consisted - bestand; zusammensetzend, besteht aus; bestehen (aus)

soldier - Soldat, Soldatin, Kämpfer

regard - schätzen, betrachten, berücksichtigen, achten; Aufmerksamkeit

turning up - aufbindend

passed - bestanden; (to pass) durchgehen, passieren, durchlaufen

opportunities - Möglichkeiten; Gelegenheit, Chance, Möglichkeit, Gelegenheit

laughter - Gelächter, Lachen

I had sent so many memorials and petitions for my liberty, that his majesty at length mentioned the matter, first in the cabinet, and then in a full council; where it was opposed by none, except Skyresh Bolgolam, who was pleased, without any provocation, to be my mortal enemy. But it was carried against him by the whole board, and confirmed by the emperor. That minister was galbet, or admiral of the realm, very much in his master's confidence, and a person well versed in affairs, but of a morose and sour complexion. However, he was at length persuaded to comply; but prevailed that the articles and conditions upon which I should be set free, and to which I must swear, should be drawn up by himself. These articles were brought to me by Skyresh Bolgolam in person attended by two under-secretaries, and several persons of distinction. After they were read, I was demanded to swear to the performance of them; first in the manner of my own country, and afterwards in the method prescribed by their laws; which was, to hold my right foot in my left hand, and to place the middle finger of my right hand on the crown of my head, and my thumb on the tip of my right ear.

memorials - Denkmäler; Denkmal

petitions - Petitionen; Petition, Eingabe, Petition, Petition

cabinet - Schrank, Wandschrank, Kabinett, Rat, Ministerrat

opposed - gegen; ablehnen, widersprechen

provocation - Provokation

mortal - sterblich; tödlich; Sterblicher, Sterbliche

enemy - Feind, Feindin, Gegner, Gegnerin, feindlich

confirmed - bestätigt; bestätigen, bestätigen, bekräftigen

admiral - Admiral

realm - Bereich; Reich, Königreich

versed - versiert; Strophe

morose - mürrisch; verdrießlich, missmutig

sour - sauer, herb, säuerlich, sauer vergoren

comply - einhalten; einwilligen, sich fügen

set free - freisetzen

secretaries - Sekretärinnen; Sekretär, Sekretärin, Staatssekretär, Sekretär

distinction - Unterscheidung; Unterschied; Auszeichnung

method - Methode; Verfahrensweise, Art und Weise, Weg

prescribed - verschrieben; verschreiben, verordnen, vorschreiben, verordnen

finger - fingern

crown - Zenit; krönen; Bombage (ballige Fläche), Zahnkrone; Baumkrone

thumb - Daumen; durchblättern

tip - Tipp; Tip

But because the reader may be curious to have some idea of the style and manner of expression peculiar to that people, as well as to know the article upon which I recovered my liberty, I have made a translation of the whole instrument, word for word, as near as I was able, which I here offer to the public.

expression - Ausdruck; Redensart, Miene

recovered - erholt; wiederfinden, sich erholen, beikommen

translation - Übersetzung, Übersetzen, Translation

instrument - Instrument, Musikinstrument, Meßinstrument, Werkzeug, Dokument

"1st, The man-mountain shall not depart from our dominions, without our license under our great seal.

depart - abreisen; verlassen, aufbrechen, abweichen

dominions - Herrschaftsgebiete; Herrschaft, Oberherrschaft, Vorherrschaft

license - Lizenz, Erlaubnis, Genehmigung, Schein, lizenzieren

seal - versiegeln;Siegel , Stempel , Seehund , Robbe ;sich etw. sichern;Plombe

"2d, He shall not presume to come into our metropolis, without our express order; at which time, the inhabitants shall have two hours warning to keep within doors.

"3d, The said man-mountain shall confine his walks to our principal high roads, and not offer to walk, or lie down, in a meadow or field of corn.

confine - einschränken; beschränken; Begrenzung

meadow - Wiese, Weide, Aue

field - Feld, Gefilde, Heide, tHeideland

corn - Mais; Korn, Getreide, Hühnerauge

"4th, As he walks the said roads, he shall take the utmost care not to trample upon the bodies of any of our loving subjects, their horses, or carriages, nor take any of our subjects into his hands without their own consent.

trample - trampeln, zertrampeln, herumtrampeln, herumtrampeln auf

"5th, If an express requires extraordinary despatch, the man-mountain shall be obliged to carry, in his pocket, the messenger and horse a six days journey, once in every moon, and return the said messenger back (if so required) safe to our imperial presence.

requires - erfordert; erfordern, brauchen, benötigen

be obliged - müssen

messenger - Kurier, Bote, Botschafter

required - erforderlich; erfordern, brauchen, benötigen

presence - Anwesenheit

"6th, He shall be our ally against our enemies in the island of Blefuscu, and do his utmost to destroy their fleet, which is now preparing to invade us.

ally - Verbündeten; vereinigen, verbinden; Bündnispartner, Verbündete

destroy - zerstören, vernichten

Fleet - Flotte; Fahrzeugpark

invade - eindringen, verletzen, überfallen, einmarschieren, einfallen

"7th, That the said man-mountain shall, at his times of leisure, be aiding and assisting to our workmen, in helping to raise certain great stones, towards covering the wall of the principal park, and other our royal buildings.

aiding - Hilfsmittel, Hilfe, Mithilfe; helfen, beispringen

assisting - assistieren, helfen, beistehen, unterstützen, vorlegen, Vorlage

raise - Gehaltszulage; aufsteigen, anheben, erhöhen, heranziehen

stones - Steine; Stein, Stein, Edelstein, t+Schmuckstein, Stein, Kern

buildings - Bau, bildend, Erstellung, Gebäude

"8th, That the said man-mountain shall, in two moons'time, deliver in an exact survey of the circumference of our dominions, by a computation of his own paces round the coast.

moons - Monde; Mond

survey - Umfrage; Untersuchung; Vermessung; überblicken; untersuchen; abschätzen

circumference - Umfang, Kreisumfang

paces - Schritte; Tempo, Stufe, Schritt

coast - Küste

"Lastly, That, upon his solemn oath to observe all the above articles, the said man-mountain shall have a daily allowance of meat and drink sufficient for the support of 1724 of our subjects, with free access to our royal person, and other marks of our favour. Given at our palace at Belfaborac, the twelfth day of the ninety-first moon of our reign."

solemn - feierlich; ernst

oath - Eid, Schwur, Fluch, erman:

daily allowance - Taggeld

access - Zutritt, Zugang, Einsicht, Zugriff; zugreifen

twelfth - zwölften; zwölfte

I swore and subscribed to these articles with great cheerfulness and content, although some of them were not so honourable as I could have wished; which proceeded wholly from the malice of Skyresh Bolgolam, the high-admiral: whereupon my chains were immediately unlocked, and I was at full liberty. The emperor himself, in person, did me the honour to be by at the whole ceremony. I made my acknowledgements by prostrating myself at his majesty's feet: but he commanded me to rise; and after many gracious expressions, which, to avoid the censure of vanity, I shall not repeat, he added, "that he hoped I should prove a useful servant, and well deserve all the favours he had already conferred upon me, or might do for the future.

swore - geschworen; schwören

subscribed - abonniert; abonnieren

cheerfulness - Fröhlichkeit, Frohsinn, Freundlichkeit

content - Inhalt; (to be content with) sich mit etwas begnügen

honourable - ehrenhaft

wished - gewollt; Wunsch, wünschen, wünschen

proceeded - fortgefahren; vorgehen

unlocked - freigeschaltet; aufschließen, entriegeln, entsperren (screen

Acknowledgements - Danksagungen; Quittung, Bestätigung, Danksagung

prostrating - Niederwerfend; niedergestreckt, niederwerfen, erniedrigen

gracious - gnädig, gütig

expressions - Ausdrücke; Ausdruck, Redensart, Ausdruck, Miene, Ausdruck

vanity - Vergänglichkeit; Eitelkeit; Leere

Prove - er/sie hat/hatte bewiesen, beweisen, erhärten

servant - Diener, Dienerin, Lakai, Kammerdiener

deserve - verdienen

favours - Gefälligkeiten; begünstigen, bevorzugen

conferred - übertragen, erteilen, verleihen, beraten, konferieren

The reader may please to observe, that, in the last article of the recovery of my liberty, the emperor stipulates to allow me a quantity of meat and drink sufficient for the support of 1724 Lilliputians. Some time after, asking a friend at court how they came to fix on that determinate number, he told me that his majesty's mathematicians, having taken the height of my body by the help of a quadrant, and finding it to exceed theirs in the proportion of twelve to one, they concluded from the similarity of their bodies, that mine must contain at least 1724 of theirs, and consequently would require as much food as was necessary to support that number of Lilliputians.

recovery - Wiedererlangung, Wiedergewinnung, Zurückgewinnung, Genesung

stipulates - vorschreibt; vereinbaren

Lilliputians - Liliputaner, Liliputanerin, liliputanisch

Fix - reparieren, flicken, fixieren, befestigen

height - Höhe; Größe

quadrant - Quadranten; Quadrant

proportion - Verhältnis; Teil, Proportion, Anteil

concluded - abgeschlossen; beenden, schließen, zu Ende führen, abschließen

similarity - Ähnlichkeit

contain - enthalten

consequently - folglich

require - erfordern; brauchen, benötigen

By which the reader may conceive an idea of the ingenuity of that people, as well as the prudent and exact economy of so great a prince.

conceive an idea - auf einen Gedanken kommen

ingenuity - Erfindungsreichtum; Einfallsreichtum, Findigkeit, Raffinesse

economy - Wirtschaft, Ökonomie, Binnenwirtschaft


Mildendo, the metropolis of Lilliput, described, together with the emperor's palace. A conversation between the author and a principal secretary, concerning the affairs of that empire. The author's offers to serve the emperor in his wars.

offers to - erbietet

serve - Angabe; dienen; servieren; aufschlagen, den Aufschlag haben

The first request I made, after I had obtained my liberty, was, that I might have license to see Mildendo, the metropolis; which the emperor easily granted me, but with a special charge to do no hurt either to the inhabitants or their houses. The people had notice, by proclamation, of my design to visit the town. The wall which encompassed it is two feet and a half high, and at least eleven inches broad, so that a coach and horses may be driven very safely round it; and it is flanked with strong towers at ten feet distance. I stepped over the great western gate, and passed very gently, and sidling, through the two principal streets, only in my short waistcoat, for fear of damaging the roofs and eaves of the houses with the skirts of my coat. I walked with the utmost circumspection, to avoid treading on any stragglers who might remain in the streets, although the orders were very strict, that all people should keep in their houses, at their own peril.

request - Anfrage; anfordern, erwünschen, verlangen nach, begehren

obtained - erlangen, erhalten, bestehen

encompassed - umspannt; umschließen, umgeben, umfassen, umfassen, enthalten

broad - breit, deutliche, großräumig

coach - Kutsche; Wagen; Trainer, Trainerin, Coach, Coachin, Reisebus

safely - sicher

flanked - flankiert; in der Flanke angreifen, flankieren, Flanke, Flanke

towers - Türme; starker Rückhalt, Turm; emporragen, hochragen, ragen

stepped - getreten; Steppe, Steppe

Western - westlich, West-, Western

sidling - Schlängeln; schleichen

damaging - schädlich; Schaden, Schaden, beschädigen

roofs - Dächer; überdachen; Autodach, Dach

circumspection - Vorsichtsmaßnahmen; Umsicht

treading - Trittbrettfahren; (tread on) treten; (tread) Trittbrettfahren; (tread on) treten

stragglers - Nachzügler, Nachzüglerin, Versprengter, Versprengte, Bummler

remain - Überrest (2); Überreste (3); sterbliche Überreste (3); bleiben

peril - Gefahr, Risiko

The garret windows and tops of houses were so crowded with spectators, that I thought in all my travels I had not seen a more populous place. The city is an exact square, each side of the wall being five hundred feet long. The two great streets, which run across and divide it into four quarters, are five feet wide. The lanes and alleys, which I could not enter, but only view them as I passed, are from twelve to eighteen inches. The town is capable of holding five hundred thousand souls: the houses are from three to five stories: the shops and markets well provided.

garret - Dachboden; Mansarde, Dachwohnung

tops - Oberteil, Spitze, Gipfel, Deckel, Kappe, Oberteil

crowded - überfüllt; Menschenmenge, Masse

spectators - Zuschauer, Zuschauerin, Schaulustiger

populous - bevölkerungsreich

divide - aufteilen, einteilen, dividieren, Trennlinie

lanes - Fahrspuren; Gasse, Spur, Spur, Route

alleys - Gassen; Allee, Bahn, Weg, Gasse, Pfad

The emperor's palace is in the centre of the city where the two great streets meet. It is enclosed by a wall of two feet high, and twenty feet distance from the buildings. I had his majesty's permission to step over this wall; and, the space being so wide between that and the palace, I could easily view it on every side. The outward court is a square of forty feet, and includes two other courts: in the inmost are the royal apartments, which I was very desirous to see, but found it extremely difficult; for the great gates, from one square into another, were but eighteen inches high, and seven inches wide. Now the buildings of the outer court were at least five feet high, and it was impossible for me to stride over them without infinite damage to the pile, though the walls were strongly built of hewn stone, and four inches thick. At the same time the emperor had a great desire that I should see the magnificence of his palace; but this I was not able to do till three days after, which I spent in cutting down with my knife some of the largest trees in the royal park, about a hundred yards distant from the city.

permission - Erlaubnis, Gestattung, Genehmigung

step - treten, treten (du trittst

outward - nach außen; äußerlich, auswärts

inmost - innerst

desirous - begehrt

stride - schreiten

infinite - unendlich, endlos, unzählige

pile - Haufen, Pfahl, Pulk

hewn - behauen; gehauen, gehoben; (hew) behauen; gehauen, gehoben

cutting down - umhauend

Of these trees I made two stools, each about three feet high, and strong enough to bear my weight. The people having received notice a second time, I went again through the city to the palace with my two stools in my hands. When I came to the side of the outer court, I stood upon one stool, and took the other in my hand; this I lifted over the roof, and gently set it down on the space between the first and second court, which was eight feet wide. I then stept over the building very conveniently from one stool to the other, and drew up the first after me with a hooked stick. By this contrivance I got into the inmost court; and, lying down upon my side, I applied my face to the windows of the middle stories, which were left open on purpose, and discovered the most splendid apartments that can be imagined. There I saw the empress and the young princes, in their several lodgings, with their chief attendants about them. Her imperial majesty was pleased to smile very graciously upon me, and gave me out of the window her hand to kiss.

stools - Stuhl, Kot, Hocker

roof - überdachen; Autodach, Dach

stept - steppen

hooked - süchtig; Haken, Hookline, Haken, haken, haken, einhaken, haken

contrivance - Einfallsreichtum; Vorrichtung, Maschinerie, Apparat, Behelf

left open - aufgelassen

on purpose - gewollt

most splendid - prächtigste

lodgings - Unterbringung; Unterkunft

smile - Lächeln

graciously - gütige, gnädig

kiss - küssen

One morning, about a fortnight after I had obtained my liberty, Reldresal, principal secretary (as they style him) for private affairs, came to my house attended only by one servant. He ordered his coach to wait at a distance, and desired I would give him an hours audience; which I readily consented to, on account of his quality and personal merits, as well as of the many good offices he had done me during my solicitations at court. I offered to lie down that he might the more conveniently reach my ear, but he chose rather to let me hold him in my hand during our conversation. He began with compliments on my liberty; said "he might pretend to some merit in it;" but, however, added, "that if it had not been for the present situation of things at court, perhaps I might not have obtained it so soon. For," said he, "as flourishing a condition as we may appear to be in to foreigners, we labour under two mighty evils: a violent faction at home, and the danger of an invasion, by a most potent enemy, from abroad. As to the first, you are to understand, that for about seventy moons past there have been two struggling parties in this empire, under the names of Tramecksan and Slamecksan, from the high and low heels of their shoes, by which they distinguish themselves. It is alleged, indeed, that the high heels are most agreeable to our ancient constitution; but, however this be, his majesty has determined to make use only of low heels in the administration of the government, and all offices in the gift of the crown, as you cannot but observe; and particularly that his majesty's imperial heels are lower at least by a drurr than any of his court (drurr is a measure about the fourteenth part of an inch). The animosities between these two parties run so high, that they will neither eat, nor drink, nor talk with each other. We compute the Tramecksan, or high heels, to exceed us in number; but the power is wholly on our side. We apprehend his imperial highness, the heir to the crown, to have some tendency towards the high heels; at least we can plainly discover that one of his heels is higher than the other, which gives him a hobble in his gait. Now, in the midst of these intestine disquiets, we are threatened with an invasion from the island of Blefuscu, which is the other great empire of the universe, almost as large and powerful as this of his majesty. For as to what we have heard you affirm, that there are other kingdoms and states in the world inhabited by human creatures as large as yourself, our philosophers are in much doubt, and would rather conjecture that you dropped from the moon, or one of the stars; because it is certain, that a hundred mortals of your bulk would in a short time destroy all the fruits and cattle of his majesty's dominions: besides, our histories of six thousand moons make no mention of any other regions than the two great empires of Lilliput and Blefuscu.

audience - Publikum, Zuschauer, Audienzen, Audienz

readily - bereitwillig

consented - zugestimmt; zustimmen, einwilligen, Zustimmung, Konsens

on account - auf Rechnung

merits - Verdienste; Verdienst

solicitations - Aufforderungen zur Einreichung von Vorschlägen; Bewerbung

offered - angeboten; offerieren, anbieten, bieten, zeigen; Antrag

compliments - Komplimente; Kompliment

pretend - vorgeben, prätendieren, vortäuschen, so tun, als ob

flourishing - gedeihen, blühen, spriessen, grünen, sich gut entwickeln

foreigners - Ausländern; Ausländer, Ausländerin

mighty - gewaltig, mächtig

evils - Sünde, übel, üblen, Ăśbel

invasion - Invasion, Überfall, Einfall, Einmarsch

most potent - potenteste

from abroad - aus dem Ausland

heels - Absätze; Hinterende des Hobels, Ferse

heir - Erbe, Erbin, Thronerbe

alleged - angeblich; behaupten

agreeable - angenehm; verträglich, liebenswürdig, gefällig

constitution - Verfassen, Verfassung, Konstitution, Grundgesetz

administration - Verwaltung, Administration, Verabreichung

government - staatlich;Regierung , Regierung , Landesregierung

gift - Geschenk, Präsent, Begabung, Talent, schenken

lower - niedriger, niedrigerer, ausfahren (Fahrgestell); abdämpfen

measure - Maß; Messung, Maßstab, Takt, Maßnahme, messen, abmessen

Fourteenth - vierzehnte

animosities - Animositäten; Hass, Abneigung, Animosität

compute - berechnen, errechnen

apprehend - begreifen, verstehen, fangen, festnehmen

Highness - Hoheit

tendency - Tendenz (''not often used in this sense; one would rather use a verb such as " zu (...) neigen" or tendieren'')

hobble - humpeln; Fußfessel, Spannstrick

gait - Gang, Gangart (eines Pferdes)

intestine - Darm

disquiets - Unannehmlichkeiten; Beunruhigung, Unbehagen

threatened - bedroht; drohen, bedrohen, bedrohen, androhen

universe - Universum, Weltall

powerful - mächtig

affirm - zustimmen, bejahen, bestätigen, unterstützen

kingdoms - Königreiche; Königreich

States - Staaten; Staat, Staat, Land

inhabited - bewohnt; bewohnen

philosophers - Philosophen; Philosoph, Philosophin

doubt - bezweifeln, Zweifel

dropped - fallen gelassen; fallen lassen, senken, weglassen, aufgeben

cattle - Kühe, Rinder, Rindvieh

mention - Erwähnung; erwähnen

regions - Regionen; Gegend, Region, Raum, Gebiet

empires - Reiche; Reich

Which two mighty powers have, as I was going to tell you, been engaged in a most obstinate war for six-and-thirty moons past. It began upon the following occasion. It is allowed on all hands, that the primitive way of breaking eggs, before we eat them, was upon the larger end; but his present majesty's grandfather, while he was a boy, going to eat an egg, and breaking it according to the ancient practice, happened to cut one of his fingers. Whereupon the emperor his father published an edict, commanding all his subjects, upon great penalties, to break the smaller end of their eggs. The people so highly resented this law, that our histories tell us, there have been six rebellions raised on that account; wherein one emperor lost his life, and another his crown. These civil commotions were constantly fomented by the monarchs of Blefuscu; and when they were quelled, the exiles always fled for refuge to that empire. It is computed that eleven thousand persons have at several times suffered death, rather than submit to break their eggs at the smaller end. Many hundred large volumes have been published upon this controversy: but the books of the Big-endians have been long forbidden, and the whole party rendered incapable by law of holding employments. During the course of these troubles, the emperors of Blefusca did frequently expostulate by their ambassadors, accusing us of making a schism in religion, by offending against a fundamental doctrine of our great prophet Lustrog, in the fifty-fourth chapter of the Blundecral (which is their Alcoran). This, however, is thought to be a mere strain upon the text; for the words are these: 'that all true believers break their eggs at the convenient end.' And which is the convenient end, seems, in my humble opinion to be left to every man's conscience, or at least in the power of the chief magistrate to determine. Now, the Big-endian exiles have found so much credit in the emperor of Blefuscu's court, and so much private assistance and encouragement from their party here at home, that a bloody war has been carried on between the two empires for six-and-thirty moons, with various success; during which time we have lost forty capital ships, and a much a greater number of smaller vessels, together with thirty thousand of our best seamen and soldiers; and the damage received by the enemy is reckoned to be somewhat greater than ours. However, they have now equipped a numerous fleet, and are just preparing to make a descent upon us; and his imperial majesty, placing great confidence in your valour and strength, has commanded me to lay this account of his affairs before you."

powers - Kräfte; Macht, Kraft, Macht, Macht, Großmacht, Kraft, Stärke

engaged - verlobt; beschäftigen, anstellen, angreifen, anlegen, einrasten

most obstinate - hartnäckigste

primitive - primitiv; Wortstamm & Stamm, Stammwort, Urwort

edict - Erlass; Edikt

commanding - Befehl, Kommando

penalties - Sanktionen; Strafe, Strafe

resented - verübelt; zurückgesandt; verübeln, übelnehmen

rebellions - Rebellionen; Rebellion, Aufstand, Aufruhr, Rebellion

on that account - dafür

civil - zivil, bürgerlich, zivilisiert

commotions - Aufregungen; Aufregung, Spektakel

constantly - ständig; regelmäßig; konstant

fomented - angefacht; fördern

Monarchs - Monarchen; Monarch, Monarchin, Fürst

quelled - unterdrückt; unterdrücken

exiles - Exilanten; Exil

refuge - Zuflucht; Herberge

computed - errechnet; berechnen, rechnen, errechnen

suffered - gelitten; leiden, leiden, erleiden

submit - sich unterwerfen;ich/er/sie gab ab, abgeben;ermöglichen, vorlegen, vorschlagen, einreichen

volumes - Volumen

controversy - Kontroverse, Meinungsverschiedenheit

endians - Endianer

forbidden - Verboten; verbieten, untersagen, verweigern, vorenthalten

rendered - erbracht; leisten, wiedergeben

troubles - Probleme; Ärger, Schwierigkeit, Anstrengung, Bemühung, Mühe

emperors - Imperatoren; Kaiser, Imperator

expostulate - expostulieren

ambassadors - Botschafterinnen und Botschafter; Botschafter, Botschafter

accusing - anklagend; beschuldigen, anklagen

schism - Zerwürfnis, Spaltung, Schisma

religion - Religion

offending - beleidigend; beleidigen, beleidigen, de

fundamental - Grundlage; grundlegend, fundamental, grundsätzlich

doctrine - Doktrin; Lehre

prophet - Prophet, Prophetin

believers - Gläubiger, Gläubige

Convenient - bequem, einfach, gelegen, genehm

humble - bescheiden; demütig, ergeben

magistrate - Magistrat; richterlicher Beamter

determine - bestimmen, eingrenzen, festlegen

credit - Kredit; annehmen, für bare Münze nehmen, gutschreiben

bloody - blutig, blutbefleckt

equipped - ausgestattet; ausrüsten, ausstatten, anlegen, ausrüsten

numerous - zahlreich, vielzählig

descent - Abstieg, Runterweg, Herkunft, Abstammung, Verschlechterung

valour - Tapferkeit, Heldenmut, Mannhaftigkeit

I desired the secretary to present my humble duty to the emperor; and to let him know, "that I thought it would not become me, who was a foreigner, to interfere with parties; but I was ready, with the hazard of my life, to defend his person and state against all invaders."

Duty - Die Pflicht; Pflicht; Schicht, Arbeitszeit, Zoll, Einfuhrsteuer

foreigner - Ausländer, Ausländerin; (foreign); fremd, ausländisch

interfere - eingreifen, einmischen

hazard - Zufall; Gefahr; Hindernis; riskieren, hasardieren

invaders - Eindringlinge; Eindringling, Eroberer, Erobererin


The author, by an extraordinary stratagem, prevents an invasion. A high title of honour is conferred upon him. Ambassadors arrive from the emperor of Blefuscu, and sue for peace. The empress's apartment on fire by an accident; the author instrumental in saving the rest of the palace.

stratagem - Strategeme; Kriegslist, Strategem

prevents - verhindert; verhindern, vorbeugen

sue - verklagen

instrumental - dienlich, förderlich, entscheidend, hilfreich, instrumental

saving - Sparen; Ersparnisse; (save); retten; erretten; sichern

The empire of Blefuscu is an island situated to the north-east of Lilliput, from which it is parted only by a channel of eight hundred yards wide. I had not yet seen it, and upon this notice of an intended invasion, I avoided appearing on that side of the coast, for fear of being discovered, by some of the enemy's ships, who had received no intelligence of me; all intercourse between the two empires having been strictly forbidden during the war, upon pain of death, and an embargo laid by our emperor upon all vessels whatsoever. I communicated to his majesty a project I had formed of seizing the enemy's whole fleet; which, as our scouts assured us, lay at anchor in the harbour, ready to sail with the first fair wind. I consulted the most experienced seamen upon the depth of the channel, which they had often plumbed; who told me, that in the middle, at high-water, it was seventy glumgluffs deep, which is about six feet of European measure; and the rest of it fifty glumgluffs at most. I walked towards the north-east coast, over against Blefuscu, where, lying down behind a hillock, I took out my small perspective glass, and viewed the enemy's fleet at anchor, consisting of about fifty men of war, and a great number of transports: I then came back to my house, and gave orders (for which I had a warrant) for a great quantity of the strongest cable and bars of iron. The cable was about as thick as packthread and the bars of the length and size of a knitting-needle. I trebled the cable to make it stronger, and for the same reason I twisted three of the iron bars together, bending the extremities into a hook. Having thus fixed fifty hooks to as many cables, I went back to the north-east coast, and putting off my coat, shoes, and stockings, walked into the sea, in my leathern jerkin, about half an hour before high water. I waded with what haste I could, and swam in the middle about thirty yards, till I felt ground.

situated - gelegen; aufstellen, unterbringen

Channel - kanalisieren; Kanal

avoided - vermieden; ausweichen, meiden, fernbleiben, vermeiden

appearing - erscheinen, auftauchen, erscheinen, auftauchen, erscheinen

intercourse - Beziehungen, Umgang, Verkehr, Geschlechtsverkehr

strictly - strenges, grundsätzlich, pingelig

embargo - Embargo, Beschlagnahme, Ausfuhrsperre, Handelsverbot

whatsoever - wie auch immer; überhaupt

communicated - kommuniziert; mitteilen, übermitteln, kommunizieren, kundtun

seizing - (to seize) erfassen, ergreifen, anpacken; (seize); ergreifen

scouts - Pfadfinder; Späher, Kundschafter, Aufklärer

anchor - Anker

harbour - Hafen, Zufluchtsort

ready to sail - segelfertig

fair - gerecht, fair, heiter, schön, angemessen

plumbed - ausgelotet; lotrecht; loten

deep - tief, tiefgründig, dunkel, Tiefe

hillock - kleiner Hügel, Ätzhügel, Hügelchen

consisting - zusammensetzend, besteht aus; bestehen (aus)

transports - transportiert; transportieren, befördern, Beförderung

warrant - Haftbefehl; Nachweis; Befehl; garantieren

bars - Takt; Schankstube; Latte (Sport); Balken, Leiste, Stange, Strich

knitting-needle - (knitting-needle) Stricknadel

trebled - verdreifacht; verdreifachen; Stäbchen (beim Häkeln), dreifach

twisted - verdreht; Zwirn, Biegung, Wendung, Twist, verziehen, drehen

extremities - Extremitäten; Extremität, äußerstes Ende

Hook - Haken; Hookline; einhaken

cables - Seil, Tau, Kabel

putting off - abspeisend

stockings - Strümpfe; Strumpf

leathern - ledern

waded - gewatet; waten

haste - Eile, Hast

I arrived at the fleet in less than half an hour. The enemy was so frightened when they saw me, that they leaped out of their ships, and swam to shore, where there could not be fewer than thirty thousand souls. I then took my tackling, and, fastening a hook to the hole at the prow of each, I tied all the cords together at the end. While I was thus employed, the enemy discharged several thousand arrows, many of which stuck in my hands and face, and, beside the excessive smart, gave me much disturbance in my work. My greatest apprehension was for mine eyes, which I should have infallibly lost, if I had not suddenly thought of an expedient. I kept, among other little necessaries, a pair of spectacles in a private pocket, which, as I observed before, had escaped the emperor's searchers. These I took out and fastened as strongly as I could upon my nose, and thus armed, went on boldly with my work, in spite of the enemy's arrows, many of which struck against the glasses of my spectacles, but without any other effect, further than a little to discompose them. I had now fastened all the hooks, and, taking the knot in my hand, began to pull; but not a ship would stir, for they were all too fast held by their anchors, so that the boldest part of my enterprise remained. I therefore let go the cord, and leaving the hooks fixed to the ships, I resolutely cut with my knife the cables that fastened the anchors, receiving about two hundred shots in my face and hands; then I took up the knotted end of the cables, to which my hooks were tied, and with great ease drew fifty of the enemy's largest men of war after me.

frightened - verängstigt; Angst machen, erschrecken, schrecken, beängstigen

leaped - gesprungen; hervorspringen, hüpfen, überspringen

tackling - Zweikampf; anpackend

fastening - Befestigung; befestigend, anbindend; (fasten); befestigen

prow - Bug

stuck - stecken; stich!, ich/er/sie stäche, ich/er/sie stach; Schläger

beside - daneben; neben

disturbance - Störung; Störenfried, Geistesstörung

apprehension - Befürchtungen; Greifen, Ergreifen, Fassen, Anfassen

boldly - kühn, tapfer

discompose - beschweren; aufregen

anchors - Ankern; Anker

boldest - am kühnsten; kräftig, kühn, klar, keck, heftig, deutlich, fett

enterprise - Unternehmen; Unterfangen, Vorhaben, Unternehmungsgeist

remained - geblieben; Überrest (2), de

resolutely - Entschlossenheit

receiving - bekommen, erhalten, empfangen, kriegen, empfangen

shots - Schüsse; (to shoot up) aufschießen, emporschießen

knotted - verknotet; Knoten, Knäuel

The Blefuscudians, who had not the least imagination of what I intended, were at first confounded with astonishment. They had seen me cut the cables, and thought my design was only to let the ships run adrift or fall foul on each other: but when they perceived the whole fleet moving in order, and saw me pulling at the end, they set up such a scream of grief and despair as it is almost impossible to describe or conceive.

imagination - Phantasie; Vorstellungskraft, Imagination, Einbildungskraft

confounded with - verwechselte mit

adrift - abtreibend

fall foul - kollidieren, zusammenstoßen

pulling - herausziehen; (pull); ziehen

scream - Schrei; schreien

grief and despair - verzweiflungsvoller Kummer

When I had got out of danger, I stopped awhile to pick out the arrows that stuck in my hands and face; and rubbed on some of the same ointment that was given me at my first arrival, as I have formerly mentioned. I then took off my spectacles, and waiting about an hour, till the tide was a little fallen, I waded through the middle with my cargo, and arrived safe at the royal port of Lilliput.

out of danger - außer Gefahr

awhile - eine Weile

pick out - aussuchen

rubbed - gerieben; reiben, reiben, abreiben, sich abreiben

cargo - Fracht, Ladung, Cargo

port - Schlitz, Backbord, Portwein, Hafen; portieren, übertragen

The emperor and his whole court stood on the shore, expecting the issue of this great adventure. They saw the ships move forward in a large half-moon, but could not discern me, who was up to my breast in water. When I advanced to the middle of the channel, they were yet more in pain, because I was under water to my neck. The emperor concluded me to be drowned, and that the enemy's fleet was approaching in a hostile manner: but he was soon eased of his fears; for the channel growing shallower every step I made, I came in a short time within hearing, and holding up the end of the cable, by which the fleet was fastened, I cried in a loud voice, "Long live the most puissant king of Lilliput!

expecting - erwarten; werdende; (expect); erwarten

issue - Problem; ausgehen

half-moon - (half-moon) Halbmond

be drowned - ertrinken

approaching - sich nähern, nahekommen, ähnlich sein

hostile - feindlich, feindselig, gegnerisch, unversöhnlich, antagonistisch

eased - gelockert; EAS

fears - Ängste; fürchten, befürchten, Angst haben; Furcht, Schreck

shallower - seichter; flach; q

holding up - überfallend

loud - laut

puissant - kräftig, mächtig

This great prince received me at my landing with all possible encomiums, and created me a nardac upon the spot, which is the highest title of honour among them.

His majesty desired I would take some other opportunity of bringing all the rest of his enemy's ships into his ports. And so unmeasureable is the ambition of princes, that he seemed to think of nothing less than reducing the whole empire of Blefuscu into a province, and governing it, by a viceroy; of destroying the Big-endian exiles, and compelling that people to break the smaller end of their eggs, by which he would remain the sole monarch of the whole world. But I endeavoured to divert him from this design, by many arguments drawn from the topics of policy as well as justice; and I plainly protested, "that I would never be an instrument of bringing a free and brave people into slavery.

ports - Häfen; Schlitz, Backbord, Portwein, Hafen; portieren, übertragen

unmeasureable - unmessbar

Ambition - Ehrgeiz, checkAmbition (5)

reducing - reduzieren, herabsetzen, vermindern, abnehmen, vermindern, de

province - Provinz, Land

governing - regieren, steuern, regulieren, lenken, regeln, regieren, regeln

Viceroy - Vizekönig

destroying - zerstören, vernichten, qualifier

endian - endianisch

compelling - zwingend, fesselnd, unwiderstehlich

sole - Seezunge, Sohle, einzig

monarch - Monarch, Monarchin, Fürst

arguments - Argumente; Diskussion, Auseinandersetzung, Beweis

policy - Politik; Regelwerk, Strategie, Regeln; Polizze (österr.)

protested - protestiert; protestieren, demonstrieren, Einspruch erheben

Brave - tapfer, mutig, Krieger

slavery - Sklaverei, Knechtschaft

And, when the matter was debated in council, the wisest part of the ministry were of my opinion.

debated - debattiert; Debatte, Diskussion, Streitgespräch

wisest - am weisesten; klug, vernünftig

ministry - Ministerium

This open bold declaration of mine was so opposite to the schemes and politics of his imperial majesty, that he could never forgive me. He mentioned it in a very artful manner at council, where I was told that some of the wisest appeared, at least by their silence, to be of my opinion; but others, who were my secret enemies, could not forbear some expressions which, by a side-wind, reflected on me.

declaration - Erklärung, Deklaration

opposite to - gegenüber

politics - Politik; diplomatisch

forgive - vergeben, verzeihen, entschuldigen

artful - kunstvoll; geschickt, trickreich

silence - Stille, Schweigen, zum Schweigen bringen, Ruhe

reflected - reflektiert; reflektieren, zurückspiegeln, spiegeln

And from this time began an intrigue between his majesty and a junto of ministers, maliciously bent against me, which broke out in less than two months, and had like to have ended in my utter destruction. Of so little weight are the greatest services to princes, when put into the balance with a refusal to gratify their passions.

intrigue - Intrige; intrigieren; faszinieren

junto - Clique

maliciously - böswillig

bent - verbogen; (to bend) sich niederbeugen, verbiegen

broke out - (break out) ausbrechen

utter - Äußerlich; äußerst

destruction - Zerstörung, Vernichtung

services - Dienstleistungen; warten; Bedienung, Dienstleistung, Betrieb

balance - Gleichgewicht; Ausgewogenheit; Bilanz, Saldo, Guthaben, Rest

refusal - Ablehnung, Weigerung, Verweigerung

gratify - befriedigen, erfreuen

passions - Leidenschaften; Leidenschaft, Passion, Leidenschaft, Passion

About three weeks after this exploit, there arrived a solemn embassy from Blefuscu, with humble offers of a peace, which was soon concluded, upon conditions very advantageous to our emperor, wherewith I shall not trouble the reader. There were six ambassadors, with a train of about five hundred persons, and their entry was very magnificent, suitable to the grandeur of their master, and the importance of their business. When their treaty was finished, wherein I did them several good offices by the credit I now had, or at least appeared to have, at court, their excellencies, who were privately told how much I had been their friend, made me a visit in form.

exploit - Heldentat; Exploit; ausnutzen, ausbeuten

embassy - Botschaft

offers - Angebote; offerieren, anbieten, bieten, zeigen; Antrag, Offerte

entry - Eintritt; Zutritt; Eingang; Flur; Eintrag; Element

magnificent - großartig; prächtig; ausgezeichnet

suitable - geeignet, passend, angemessen

grandeur - Erhabenheit; Herrlichkeit, Pracht, Hoheit

importance - Bedeutung; Wichtigkeit, Belang

Treaty - Vertrag, Bündnis

excellencies - Exzellenzen; Exzellenz

privately - privat

They began with many compliments upon my valour and generosity, invited me to that kingdom in the emperor their master's name, and desired me to show them some proofs of my prodigious strength, of which they had heard so many wonders; wherein I readily obliged them, but shall not trouble the reader with the particulars.

invited - eingeladen; auffordern, einladen

proofs - Beweise; Beweis, Beweis, polierte Platte, aufgehen lassen

It is to be observed, that these ambassadors spoke to me, by an interpreter, the languages of both empires differing as much from each other as any two in Europe, and each nation priding itself upon the antiquity, beauty, and energy of their own tongue, with an avowed contempt for that of their neighbour; yet our emperor, standing upon the advantage he had got by the seizure of their fleet, obliged them to deliver their credentials, and make their speech, in the Lilliputian tongue.

interpreter - Dolmetscher, Dolmetscherin, Dolmetsch, Interpreter

differing - abweichend; sich unterscheiden

nation - Staat, Nation, Volk

priding - Hochmut, Stolz, Hochmut, Trotz, Dünkel, Stolz, Stolz

itself - von selbst, von allein, sich selbst

antiquity - der Antike; Antike, Altertum

beauty - Schönheit; Schöner, Schöne, Prachtstück

energy - Energie

tongue - Zunge, Lasche

avowed - bekennt; bekennen, gestehen

contempt - Verachtung; Schande, Blamage, Mißachtung, Beamtenbeleidigung

seizure - Beschlagnahmung; Beschlagnahme; Anfall

Lilliputian - Lilliputaner; Liliputaner, Liliputanerin, liliputanisch

And it must be confessed, that from the great intercourse of trade and commerce between both realms, from the continual reception of exiles which is mutual among them, and from the custom, in each empire, to send their young nobility and richer gentry to the other, in order to polish themselves by seeing the world, and understanding men and manners; there are few persons of distinction, or merchants, or seamen, who dwell in the maritime parts, but what can hold conversation in both tongues; as I found some weeks after, when I went to pay my respects to the emperor of Blefuscu, which, in the midst of great misfortunes, through the malice of my enemies, proved a very happy adventure to me, as I shall relate in its proper place.

confessed - gestanden; gestehen, bekennen, verraten, beichten

trade - handeln (mit), eintauschen, schachern mit etwas;Handel , Handwerk , Geschäft , Trade;gewerblich {adj};eintauschen (für)

commerce - Handel, Kommerz

realms - Reiche; Reich

reception - Aufnahme, Empfang, Rezeption, checkAufnahme

mutual - wechselseitig, gegenseitig, beiderseitig, gemeinsam

custom - Brauch, Gewohnheit, Sitte, Usus, Zoll, maßgeschneidert

gentry - Adel; Leute

polish - Politur; polnisch; Polnisch

merchants - Kaufleute; Kaufmann, Kauffrau

dwell - leben, verbleiben, wohnen, verweilen

maritime - maritim

tongues - Zungen; Zunge, Zunge, t+Lasche

respects - respektiert; Achtung, Respekt, respektieren, respektieren

misfortunes - Unglücke; Pech

relate - verbinden; sich beziehen, erzählen, berichten

The reader may remember, that when I signed those articles upon which I recovered my liberty, there were some which I disliked, upon account of their being too servile; neither could anything but an extreme necessity have forced me to submit. But being now a nardac of the highest rank in that empire, such offices were looked upon as below my dignity, and the emperor (to do him justice), never once mentioned them to me. However, it was not long before I had an opportunity of doing his majesty, at least as I then thought, a most signal service. I was alarmed at midnight with the cries of many hundred people at my door; by which, being suddenly awaked, I was in some kind of terror. I heard the word Burglum repeated incessantly: several of the emperor's court, making their way through the crowd, entreated me to come immediately to the palace, where her imperial majesty's apartment was on fire, by the carelessness of a maid of honour, who fell asleep while she was reading a romance. I got up in an instant; and orders being given to clear the way before me, and it being likewise a moonshine night, I made a shift to get to the palace without trampling on any of the people. I found they had already applied ladders to the walls of the apartment, and were well provided with buckets, but the water was at some distance.

disliked - nicht mochte; Unbehagen

servile - sklavisch, unterwürfig, servil, hündisch

extreme - extrem; Extrem

forced - gezwungen; zwingen, forcieren, erzwingen; Stärke, Macht

submit - sich fügen; vorlegen, einreichen, unterwerfen

dignity - Würde; Förmlichkeit; Amt

never once - nicht einmal, nicht ein einziges Mal, keinmal

signal - Signal; Signal; signalisieren

service - warten; Bedienung, Dienstleistung, Betrieb

alarmed - beunruhigt; Alarm, Alarm, Alarmsignal

cries - weint; weinen, schreien, schreien, rufen, Weinen

incessantly - unaufhörlich

carelessness - Nachlässigkeit; Unvorsichtigkeit, Leichtsinn

maid - Dienstmädchen; Mädchen; Stubenmädchen

romance - Romantik; Liebesgeschichte; qual

Moonshine - schwarzgebrannter Schnaps, Selbstgebrannter, Schwarzbrennerei

trampling - zerstampfend, Getrampel, trampelnd; (trample); trampeln

buckets - Eimer, ein Eimer voll, Schaufel

These buckets were about the size of large thimbles, and the poor people supplied me with them as fast as they could: but the flame was so violent that they did little good. I might easily have stifled it with my coat, which I unfortunately left behind me for haste, and came away only in my leathern jerkin. The case seemed wholly desperate and deplorable; and this magnificent palace would have infallibly been burnt down to the ground, if, by a presence of mind unusual to me, I had not suddenly thought of an expedient. I had, the evening before, drunk plentifully of a most delicious wine called glimigrim, (the Blefuscudians call it flunec, but ours is esteemed the better sort,) which is very diuretic. By the luckiest chance in the world, I had not discharged myself of any part of it. The heat I had contracted by coming very near the flames, and by labouring to quench them, made the wine begin to operate by urine; which I voided in such a quantity, and applied so well to the proper places, that in three minutes the fire was wholly extinguished, and the rest of that noble pile, which had cost so many ages in erecting, preserved from destruction.

thimbles - Fingerhüte; Fingerhut, ein Fingerhut voll, Aufnahmedose, Becher

stifled - erstickt; ersticken

unfortunately - leider, unglücklicherweise

desperate - verzweifelt bemüht, sehnsuchtsvoll verlangend, aussichtslos

deplorable - bedauernswert

burnt down - abgebrannt

unusual - ungewöhnlich, unüblich, ungebräuchlich

most delicious - appetitlichstem

diuretic - harntreibend, diuretisch, harntreibendes Mittel, Diuretikum

luckiest - am glücklichsten; glücklich, glücklich

chance - riskieren, zufällig geschehen; Chance, Zufall, Gelegenheit

contracted - unter Vertrag genommen; Vertrag

flames - Flammen; Flamme, q

labouring - mühsam; Arbeit, Arbeiter-p, gebären, arbeiten

operate - operieren; betreiben, bedienen

urine - Urin, Harn

voided - ungültig; nichtig

erecting - stramm (Haltung), steif; errichten

preserved - Konserve, Eingemachtes

It was now day-light, and I returned to my house without waiting to congratulate with the emperor: because, although I had done a very eminent piece of service, yet I could not tell how his majesty might resent the manner by which I had performed it: for, by the fundamental laws of the realm, it is capital in any person, of what quality soever, to make water within the precincts of the palace. But I was a little comforted by a message from his majesty, "that he would give orders to the grand justiciary for passing my pardon in form:" which, however, I could not obtain; and I was privately assured, "that the empress, conceiving the greatest abhorrence of what I had done, removed to the most distant side of the court, firmly resolved that those buildings should never be repaired for her use: and, in the presence of her chief confidents could not forbear vowing revenge.

congratulate - gratulieren, beglückwünschen

resent - zurückgesandt; verübeln

soever - wie auch immer; auch immer

precincts - Bezirke; umschlossener Bezirk, Einkaufsfußgängerzone

comforted - getröstet; Behaglichkeit, Bequemlichkeit, Komfort, Trost

grand - großartig, prächtig, groß, bedeutend

justiciary - Justizbehörde

Pardon - Vergebung, Verzeihung, Begnadigung, verzeihen, vergeben

obtain - erlangen, erhalten, bestehen

conceiving - Empfängnis; konzipieren, erdenken, ersinnen, empfangen

abhorrence - Abscheu, Ekel, Ekel

confidents - Unfälle; zuversichtlich, sicher

vowing - Gelübde

revenge - Rache; rächen


Of the inhabitants of Lilliput; their learning, laws, and customs; the manner of educating their children. The author's way of living in that country. His vindication of a great lady.

customs - Brauch, Gewohnheit, Gewohnheit, Brauch, Sitte, Usus, Gewohnheit

educating - erziehend; ausbilden, erziehen

vindication - Rechtfertigung, Verteidigung, Rehabilitation, Entlastung

Although I intend to leave the description of this empire to a particular treatise, yet, in the mean time, I am content to gratify the curious reader with some general ideas. As the common size of the natives is somewhat under six inches high, so there is an exact proportion in all other animals, as well as plants and trees: for instance, the tallest horses and oxen are between four and five inches in height, the sheep an inch and half, more or less: their geese about the bigness of a sparrow, and so the several gradations downwards till you come to the smallest, which to my sight, were almost invisible; but nature has adapted the eyes of the Lilliputians to all objects proper for their view: they see with great exactness, but at no great distance. And, to show the sharpness of their sight towards objects that are near, I have been much pleased with observing a cook pulling a lark, which was not so large as a common fly; and a young girl threading an invisible needle with invisible silk.

treatise - Abhandlung, Traktat

instance - Beispiel, Fall, Instanz

oxen - Ochsen

geese - Gänse

sparrow - Sperling, Spatz

gradations - Abstufungen; Abstufung

invisible - unsichtbar; versteckt

adapted - angepasst; anpassen, angleichen, anwenden, einrichten, anpassen

exactness - Genauigkeit, Exaktheit

sharpness - Schärfe; Schärfe, Bildschärfe

threading - Einfädeln; Faden, Garn

needle - Nadel; hänseln

Their tallest trees are about seven feet high: I mean some of those in the great royal park, the tops whereof I could but just reach with my fist clenched. The other vegetables are in the same proportion; but this I leave to the reader's imagination.

fist - fausten; Faust

clenched - geballt; ballen

I shall say but little at present of their learning, which, for many ages, has flourished in all its branches among them: but their manner of writing is very peculiar, being neither from the left to the right, like the Europeans, nor from the right to the left, like the Arabians, nor from up to down, like the Chinese, but aslant, from one corner of the paper to the other, like ladies in England.

flourished - floriert; gedeihen, blühen, spriessen, grünen

branches - Ast, t+Zweig, Abzweigung, (''rare'') tÄstelung

Arabians - arabisch, Araber, Araberin, Araber

Chinese - chinesisch; Chinesen

aslant - schräg; schief

They bury their dead with their heads directly downward, because they hold an opinion, that in eleven thousand moons they are all to rise again; in which period the earth (which they conceive to be flat) will turn upside down, and by this means they shall, at their resurrection, be found ready standing on their feet.

bury - vergraben, verbergen, begraben

downward - abwärts, nach unten, runter, nach unten gehend, absteigend

earth - Erde, Land, Grund

turn upside down - auf den Kopf stellen, umkrempeln

by this means - auf diese Weise

resurrection - Wiederauferstehung

The learned among them confess the absurdity of this doctrine; but the practice still continues, in compliance to the vulgar.

absurdity - Absurdität

continues - fortsetzen, weiterhin

compliance - Einhaltung; Einwilligung, Fügsamkeit, Konformität, Compliance

vulgar - vulgär, unfein, ungebildet, unanständig

There are some laws and customs in this empire very peculiar; and if they were not so directly contrary to those of my own dear country, I should be tempted to say a little in their justification. It is only to be wished they were as well executed. The first I shall mention, relates to informers. All crimes against the state, are punished here with the utmost severity; but, if the person accused makes his innocence plainly to appear upon his trial, the accuser is immediately put to an ignominious death; and out of his goods or lands the innocent person is quadruply recompensed for the loss of his time, for the danger he underwent, for the hardship of his imprisonment, and for all the charges he has been at in making his defence; or, if that fund be deficient, it is largely supplied by the crown.

be tempted - in Versuchung kommen, in Versuchung sein

justification - Rechtfertigung, Begründung, Ausrichtung, Blocksatz

executed - ausgeführt; hinrichten, ausführen, durchführen, ausführen

relates - Beziehungen; sich beziehen, erzählen, berichten

informers - Informanten; Informant, Hinweisgeber, Tippgeber, Zuträger

crimes - Straftat, Verbrechen

punished - bestraft; bestrafen, strafen

severity - Schweregrad; Härte, Stärke, Gewichtung

innocence - Unschuld; Harmlosigkeit

accuser - Ankläger, Ankläger

ignominious - schändlich

innocent - rein; unschuldig

quadruply - vervierfachen

recompensed - entschädigt werden; Rückerstattung; belohnen, zurückerstatten

Loss - Verlust, Ausfall; Kursverlust

underwent - unterzog; durchmachen

hardship - Härtefall; Härte, Not, Entbehrung, Mühsal

imprisonment - Freiheitsentzug; Gefangenschaft

charges - Gebühren; Entgelt

defence - Verteidigung, Abwehr

fund - Kapital, Fonds, finanzieren

deficient - mangelhaft; defizient

largely - groß, weitgehend, große

The emperor also confers on him some public mark of his favour, and proclamation is made of his innocence through the whole city.

confers - konferiert; übertragen, erteilen, verleihen, beraten

They look upon fraud as a greater crime than theft, and therefore seldom fail to punish it with death; for they allege, that care and vigilance, with a very common understanding, may preserve a man's goods from thieves, but honesty has no defence against superior cunning; and, since it is necessary that there should be a perpetual intercourse of buying and selling, and dealing upon credit, where fraud is permitted and connived at, or has no law to punish it, the honest dealer is always undone, and the knave gets the advantage. I remember, when I was once interceding with the emperor for a criminal who had wronged his master of a great sum of money, which he had received by order and ran away with; and happening to tell his majesty, by way of extenuation, that it was only a breach of trust, the emperor thought it monstrous in me to offer as a defence the greatest aggravation of the crime; and truly I had little to say in return, farther than the common answer, that different nations had different customs; for, I confess, I was heartily ashamed.

fraud - Betrug, Schwindel, Hochstapelei, Betrüger, Betrügerin

crime - Straftat; Verbrechen; Kriminalität

theft - Diebstahl

fail - mangelhaft (Zensur 5)

allege - behaupten

vigilance - Wachsamkeit

preserve - Konserve, Eingemachtes, Naturschutzgebiet, Naturreservat

thieves - Diebe; Dieb, Diebin

honesty - Ehrlichkeit; Mondviole, Silberblatt

superior - überlegen, höher, höherstehend, übergeordnet, Vorgesetzter

cunning - gerissen; schlau, clever, süß, niedlich

perpetual - unbefristet, ewig, immerwährend, unaufhörlich

dealing - handelnd; (deal) handelnd

permitted - erlaubt; zulassen, erlauben; Erlaubnis, Erlaubnisschein

connived - verschwägert; aushecken, verschwören, sich dumm stellen

dealer - Händler; Geber; (deal); Händler; Geber

undone - ungeschehen machen; öffnen, aufmachen, etwas rückgängig machen

knave - Bube; Knabe, Knappe, Junge, Boy, Knecht, Gauner

interceding - Fürsprache; bitten, verwenden, eingreifen, intervenieren

criminal - kriminell; Krimineller, Kriminelle, Verbrecher, Verbrecherin

sum - Betrag, Summe, Geldbetrag

extenuation - Abschwächung

breach - Bruch; Verstoß, Bresche, Brechen

aggravation - Verschlimmerung; Erschwerung, Verärgerung, Zuspitzung

truly - wirklich, wahrhaft, ehrlich, echt

heartily - von Herzen; herzlich

ashamed - schämen


Although we usually call reward and punishment the two hinges upon which all government turns, yet I could never observe this maxim to be put in practice by any nation except that of Lilliput. Whoever can there bring sufficient proof, that he has strictly observed the laws of his country for seventy-three moons, has a claim to certain privileges, according to his quality or condition of life, with a proportionable sum of money out of a fund appropriated for that use: he likewise acquires the title of snilpall, or legal, which is added to his name, but does not descend to his posterity.

Reward - Belohnung, Lohn

hinges - Scharniere; Angel, Scharnier

Government - Regierung; Rektion

maxim - Maxime; Grundsatz, Sprichwort, Lebensweisheit

Proof - Beweise; Beweis; polierte Platte; aufgehen lassen

claim - Anspruch; Rechtstitel, Behauptung, Mutung, beanspruchen

privileges - Privilegien; Privileg

appropriated - angeeignet; angebracht, angemessen, passend, angebracht

acquires - erwirbt; erwerben, erwerben, akquirieren

legal - juristisch, rechtlich, legal

descend - absteigen, niedergehen, herunterkommen, herabsteigen

posterity - Nachwelt

And these people thought it a prodigious defect of policy among us, when I told them that our laws were enforced only by penalties, without any mention of reward. It is upon this account that the image of Justice, in their courts of judicature, is formed with six eyes, two before, as many behind, and on each side one, to signify circumspection; with a bag of gold open in her right hand, and a sword sheathed in her left, to show she is more disposed to reward than to punish.

defect - Fehler, Defekt, überlaufen, zurückziehen

enforced - durchgesetzt; vollstrecken, durchsetzen, durchsetzen (1), de

image - Bild, Abbild, Image, Speicherabbild, Erscheinungsbild

judicature - Judikatur; Rechtspflege, Rechtssprechung

sheathed - ummantelt; Futteral

In choosing persons for all employments, they have more regard to good morals than to great abilities; for, since government is necessary to mankind, they believe, that the common size of human understanding is fitted to some station or other; and that Providence never intended to make the management of public affairs a mystery to be comprehended only by a few persons of sublime genius, of which there seldom are three born in an age: but they suppose truth, justice, temperance, and the like, to be in every man's power; the practice of which virtues, assisted by experience and a good intention, would qualify any man for the service of his country, except where a course of study is required.

morals - moralisch, moralisch, sittlich, moralisch, moralisch, Moral

abilities - Fähigkeiten; Fähigkeit

mankind - die Menschheit; Menschheit, Menschengeschlecht, Mann

fitted - angepasst; (to be fit) in Form sein

Providence - Vorsehung, Providence

management - Verwaltung , Unternehmen , Leitung ;betriebswirtschaftlich

mystery - Geheimnis, Rätsel

comprehended - begriffen; umfassen, verstehen, begreifen, erfassen, einsehen

sublime - sublimierens, erhaben

genius - Genie; Genialität

temperance - Mäßigung, Enthaltsamkeit, Mäßigkeit im Alkoholgenuss, Temperenz

assisted - assistiert; assistieren, helfen, beistehen, unterstützen

by experience - aus Erfahrung

intention - Absicht

qualify - qualifizieren; qualifizieren

But they thought the want of moral virtues was so far from being supplied by superior endowments of the mind, that employments could never be put into such dangerous hands as those of persons so qualified; and, at least, that the mistakes committed by ignorance, in a virtuous disposition, would never be of such fatal consequence to the public weal, as the practices of a man, whose inclinations led him to be corrupt, and who had great abilities to manage, to multiply, and defend his corruptions.

moral - moralisch, sittlich, Moral

endowments - Ausstattungen; Gabe, Begabung, Dotierung, Talent

qualified - qualifiziert; qualifizieren, qualifizieren, qualifizieren

committed - verpflichtet; einweisen, einliefern, begehen, verbrechen

ignorance - Unwissenheit, Unwissen, Nichtwissen

virtuous - züchtig, tugendhaft, tugendsam

public weal - Staatswohl

whose - wessen; dessen, deren, wem gehört/gehören?

inclinations - Neigungen; Neigung, Neigung

led - geführt; LED; (lead) führen, anführen

corrupt - korrupt; verderben, korrumpieren

manage - verwalten, leiten, hinbekommen, schaffen

multiply - multiplizieren

In like manner, the disbelief of a Divine Providence renders a man incapable of holding any public station; for, since kings avow themselves to be the deputies of Providence, the Lilliputians think nothing can be more absurd than for a prince to employ such men as disown the authority under which he acts.

disbelief - Unglauben; Unglaube

divine - göttlich

renders - rendern; leisten, wiedergeben

Kings - Könige; König

avow - bekennen, gestehen

deputies - Hilfssheriffs; Stellvertreter, Stellvertreterin, Deputierter

more absurd - absurdere

employ - beschäftigen; einstellen, anstellen, anwerben, einsetzen

disown - verstoßen, verleugnen, ableugnen, enteignen

authority - Autorität; Autorität; Behörde

acts - Handlungen; Handlung, Tat, Akt, Gesetz

In relating these and the following laws, I would only be understood to mean the original institutions, and not the most scandalous corruptions, into which these people are fallen by the degenerate nature of man.

relating - in Bezug auf; sich beziehen, erzählen, berichten

original - ursprünglich, ur-, original, originell, Original, ext

institutions - Institutionen; Institution, Institution, Institution

most scandalous - ungeheuerlichste

For, as to that infamous practice of acquiring great employments by dancing on the ropes, or badges of favour and distinction by leaping over sticks and creeping under them, the reader is to observe, that they were first introduced by the grandfather of the emperor now reigning, and grew to the present height by the gradual increase of party and faction.

infamous - berüchtigt

acquiring - Anwerben; erwerben, erwerben, akquirieren

ropes - Seile; Tau, Seil, Strang

badges - Abzeichen

reigning - herrschend; Herrschaft, Regentschaft, Regentschaft, herrschen

gradual - allmählich, graduell, schrittweise zunehmend

increase - erhöhen; zunehmen, steigen, ansteigen, wachsen

Ingratitude is among them a capital crime, as we read it to have been in some other countries: for they reason thus; that whoever makes ill returns to his benefactor, must needs be a common enemy to the rest of mankind, from whom he has received no obligation, and therefore such a man is not fit to live.

ingratitude - Undankbarkeit; Undank

capital crime - Kapitalverbrechen

benefactor - Wohltäter, Wohltäterin, Benefaktor

obligation - Verpflichtung, Pflicht

fit - passen; (to be fit) in Form sein

Their notions relating to the duties of parents and children differ extremely from ours. For, since the conjunction of male and female is founded upon the great law of nature, in order to propagate and continue the species, the Lilliputians will needs have it, that men and women are joined together, like other animals, by the motives of concupiscence; and that their tenderness towards their young proceeds from the like natural principle: for which reason they will never allow that a child is under any obligation to his father for begetting him, or to his mother for bringing him into the world; which, considering the miseries of human life, was neither a benefit in itself, nor intended so by his parents, whose thoughts, in their love encounters, were otherwise employed.

notions - Vorstellungen; Ahnung, Ansicht, Auffassung, Begriff, Denkbild

duties - Pflichten; Pflicht, Schicht, Arbeitszeit, Zoll, Einfuhrsteuer

conjunction - Verbindung; Zusammenhang; Konjunktion, Bindewort

male - männlich; Mann; Männchen, Er

founded - gegründet; gefunden, aufgefunden; begründen, gründen

propagate - fortpflanzen; verbreiten; sich vermehren

motives - Motiven; Motiv

concupiscence - Konkupiszenz; Gelüst, Begehren

tenderness - Zärtlichkeit

proceeds - Erlöse; vorgehen

principle - Grundsatz, Prinzip, Naturgesetz

begetting - erzeugen, zeugen, fortpflanzen

considering - in Betracht ziehen; entsprechend, unter Berücksichtigung

miseries - Misere, Elend

benefit - Vorteil; Nutzen; Leistung; Benefizkonzert, Benefizveranstaltung

encounters - Begegnungen; treffen, begegnen, Begegnung, Treffen

Upon these, and the like reasonings, their opinion is, that parents are the last of all others to be trusted with the education of their own children; and therefore they have in every town public nurseries, where all parents, except cottagers and labourers, are obliged to send their infants of both sexes to be reared and educated, when they come to the age of twenty moons, at which time they are supposed to have some rudiments of docility. These schools are of several kinds, suited to different qualities, and both sexes. They have certain professors well skilled in preparing children for such a condition of life as befits the rank of their parents, and their own capacities, as well as inclinations. I shall first say something of the male nurseries, and then of the female.

reasonings - Begründungen; Argumentation

last of all - zuallerletzt

nurseries - Kindergärten; Kinderstube, Kinderzimmer, Kindergarten

labourers - Arbeitskräfte; Arbeiter

infants - Kleinkinder; Säugling, Wickelkind

educated - Gebildet; ausbilden, erziehen

supposed - angenommen; annehmen, vermuten, vermeinen, vermuten, annehmen

rudiments - Rudimente; Grundlage, Rudiment

docility - Fügsamkeit; Gelehrigkeit

suited - geeignet; Anzug, Anzugträger, Farbe, passen, passen

qualities - Eigenschaften; Qualität, Qualität, Eigenschaft, Qualität

professors - Professoren; Professor, Professorin, Professorsgattin, Bekenner

befits - Annehmlichkeiten; anstehen, entsprechen, zukommen

capacities - Kapazitäten; Kapazität, Befugnis

The nurseries for males of noble or eminent birth, are provided with grave and learned professors, and their several deputies. The clothes and food of the children are plain and simple. They are bred up in the principles of honour, justice, courage, modesty, clemency, religion, and love of their country; they are always employed in some business, except in the times of eating and sleeping, which are very short, and two hours for diversions consisting of bodily exercises. They are dressed by men till four years of age, and then are obliged to dress themselves, although their quality be ever so great; and the women attendant, who are aged proportionably to ours at fifty, perform only the most menial offices.

males - männlich, männlich, Mann, Männchen

grave - Grab; feierlich, Gruft, massiv, würdig, ernst

bred - gezüchtet; (breed) Zucht, Art, Rasse, Sorte; (breed); aufziehen

principles - Grundsätze; Grundsatz, Prinzip

courage - Courage, Herz, Mut, Tapferkeit

modesty - Bescheidenheit; Sittsamkeit

bodily - körperlich, Körper

attendant - Betreuer; Begleiter, Wächter, Aufpasser, Aufseher

proportionably - verhältnismäßig

menial - unbedeutend; untergeordnet; nieder, niedrig

They are never suffered to converse with servants, but go together in smaller or greater numbers to take their diversions, and always in the presence of a professor, or one of his deputies; whereby they avoid those early bad impressions of folly and vice, to which our children are subject. Their parents are suffered to see them only twice a year; the visit is to last but an hour; they are allowed to kiss the child at meeting and parting; but a professor, who always stands by on those occasions, will not suffer them to whisper, or use any fondling expressions, or bring any presents of toys, sweetmeats, and the like.

go together - zusammen gehen, zusammengehen [alt]

professor - Professor, Professorin, Professorsgattin, Bekenner, Bekennerin

whereby - wodurch

impressions - Eindrücke; Abdruck, Eindruck, Impression, Werbeeinblendung

stands by - (stand by) dabei stehen, beispringen, dabeistehen [alt]

whisper - Geflüster, Flüstern, Wispern

fondling - streicheln; liebkosend, Liebkosung; (fondle); liebkosen

toys - Spielzeug

sweetmeats - Bonbons; Süßigkeiten, Süßwaren, Süßspeisen

The pension from each family for the education and entertainment of a child, upon failure of due payment, is levied by the emperor's officers.

pension - Rente; Pension; in den Ruhestand versetzen

entertainment - Unterhaltung

failure - Versagen; Misserfolg, Ausfall, Verschlechterung, Misslingen

levied - auferlegt; Erhebung; erheben

The nurseries for children of ordinary gentlemen, merchants, traders, and handicrafts, are managed proportionably after the same manner; only those designed for trades are put out apprentices at eleven years old, whereas those of persons of quality continue in their exercises till fifteen, which answers to twenty-one with us: but the confinement is gradually lessened for the last three years.

ordinary - Heroldsbild; gewöhnlich, normal

traders - Händler, Händlerin, Kaufmann, Kauffrau

handicrafts - Handarbeit, Handwerk

managed - verwaltet; verwalten, leiten, hinbekommen, schaffen, schaffen

trades - Berufe; Handel, Kommerz, Handel, Geschäft

apprentices - Lehrlinge; Lehrling, Auszubildender, Auszubildende, Azubi

whereas - wohingegen, wogegen, während, wobei

gradually - nach und nach, allmählich, stufenweise, schrittweise

lessened - vermindert; verringern, vermindern, nachlassen, herabsetzen

In the female nurseries, the young girls of quality are educated much like the males, only they are dressed by orderly servants of their own sex; but always in the presence of a professor or deputy, till they come to dress themselves, which is at five years old. And if it be found that these nurses ever presume to entertain the girls with frightful or foolish stories, or the common follies practised by chambermaids among us, they are publicly whipped thrice about the city, imprisoned for a year, and banished for life to the most desolate part of the country. Thus the young ladies are as much ashamed of being cowards and fools as the men, and despise all personal ornaments, beyond decency and cleanliness: neither did I perceive any difference in their education made by their difference of sex, only that the exercises of the females were not altogether so robust; and that some rules were given them relating to domestic life, and a smaller compass of learning was enjoined them: for their maxim is, that among peoples of quality, a wife should be always a reasonable and agreeable companion, because she cannot always be young.

orderly - ordnungsgemäß; ordentlich; Pflegehelfer, Krankenpfleger

deputy - Stellvertreter, Stellvertreterin, Deputierter

frightful - schrecklich

foolish - dumm, närrisch, töricht

follies - Verrücktheiten; Torheit, Narrheit, Dummheit, Tollheit, Aberwitz

chambermaids - Stubenmädchen

whipped - ausgepeitscht; Peitsche, Knute, Zagel, peitschen, auspeitschen

thrice - dreimal

imprisoned - inhaftiert; einsperren, einkerkern

desolate - verzweifelt; verlassen; verlassen

cowards - Feiglinge; Feigling, qualifier

fools - Dummköpfe; dumme Gans, Dummkopf, Narr, Närrin, Pute, Narr

despise - verachten

perceive - wahrnehmen

females - weiblich, Weib

robust - robust

domestic - häuslich, Haus

enjoined - auferlegt; auferlegen, vorschreiben, anordnen, ermahnen, mahnen

reasonable - vernünftig

companion - Begleiter, Freund, Liebhaber, Kamerad

When the girls are twelve years old, which among them is the marriageable age, their parents or guardians take them home, with great expressions of gratitude to the professors, and seldom without tears of the young lady and her companions.

marriageable - heiratsfähig

guardians - Wächter, Wache, Vormund, Erziehungsberechtigter

gratitude - Dankbarkeit

Tears - Tränen; zerreißen, ich/er/sie/es riss, riß

In the nurseries of females of the meaner sort, the children are instructed in all kinds of works proper for their sex, and their several degrees: those intended for apprentices are dismissed at seven years old, the rest are kept to eleven.

dismissed - entlassen, entlassen, abweisen, einstellen, zurückweisen

The meaner families who have children at these nurseries, are obliged, besides their annual pension, which is as low as possible, to return to the steward of the nursery a small monthly share of their gettings, to be a portion for the child; and therefore all parents are limited in their expenses by the law. For the Lilliputians think nothing can be more unjust, than for people, in subservience to their own appetites, to bring children into the world, and leave the burthen of supporting them on the public.

annual - jährlich

steward - Verwalter

nursery - Kinderstube, Kinderzimmer, Kindergarten, Kinderzimmer

monthly - monatlich

gettings - Erlangen

limited - begrenzt, beschränkt; (limit); begrenzt, beschränkt

expenses - Ausgaben; Ausgabe, Aufwand, Verlust

more unjust - ungerechtere

subservience - Unterwerfung; Unterwürfigkeit, Untertänigkeit, Dienlichkeit

appetites - Appetit, Begierde, Lust

burthen - Bürde

supporting - stützend, abstützend, unterstützend; (support) stützend

As to persons of quality, they give security to appropriate a certain sum for each child, suitable to their condition; and these funds are always managed with good husbandry and the most exact justice.

Security - Sicherheit, Schutz, Sicherheitsdienst, Wertpapier

appropriate - angebracht, angemessen, passend, zugewiesen, anpassen, aneignen

funds - Mittel; Kapital

husbandry - Bewirtschaftung; Haltung, Landwirtschaft, Ackerbau und Viehzucht

most exact - genauste

The cottagers and labourers keep their children at home, their business being only to till and cultivate the earth, and therefore their education is of little consequence to the public: but the old and diseased among them, are supported by hospitals; for begging is a trade unknown in this empire.

diseased - erkrankt; Krankheit, qualifier

supported - unterstützt; Rückendeckung, Auflage, Unterstützung; abstützen

trade - Handel, Kommerz, Geschäft, Tausch, Facharbeiter, Handwerk

And here it may, perhaps, divert the curious reader, to give some account of my domestics, and my manner of living in this country, during a residence of nine months, and thirteen days. Having a head mechanically turned, and being likewise forced by necessity, I had made for myself a table and chair convenient enough, out of the largest trees in the royal park. Two hundred sempstresses were employed to make me shirts, and linen for my bed and table, all of the strongest and coarsest kind they could get; which, however, they were forced to quilt together in several folds, for the thickest was some degrees finer than lawn. Their linen is usually three inches wide, and three feet make a piece. The sempstresses took my measure as I lay on the ground, one standing at my neck, and another at my mid-leg, with a strong cord extended, that each held by the end, while a third measured the length of the cord with a rule of an inch long. Then they measured my right thumb, and desired no more; for by a mathematical computation, that twice round the thumb is once round the wrist, and so on to the neck and the waist, and by the help of my old shirt, which I displayed on the ground before them for a pattern, they fitted me exactly.

residence - Wohnsitz, Wohnort, Wohnhaus, Firmensitz

mechanically - mechanisch

sempstresses - Näherin

linen - Wäsche; Leinen; Heimtextilien

coarsest - am gröbsten; grob, grobkörnig, grob, grob, derb, primitiv

quilt - Steppdecke; only for decorative examples: Quilt

folds - falten, zusammenlegen, verschränken (Arme); Falte, gefaltete

thickest - am dicksten; dick, dick, dicht, dick, plump, mitten in

lawn - Liegewiese, Rasenplatz, Rasen

mid - mittler

measured - gemessen; Maß

mathematical - mathematisch; rechnerisch

wrist - Handgelenk

displayed - angezeigt; Vorführung, Vorstellung, Display

pattern - Muster, Schablone, Modell, Struktur, Schnittmuster

exactly - genau; ganz genau

Three hundred tailors were employed in the same manner to make me clothes; but they had another contrivance for taking my measure. I kneeled down, and they raised a ladder from the ground to my neck; upon this ladder one of them mounted, and let fall a plumb-line from my collar to the floor, which just answered the length of my coat: but my waist and arms I measured myself. When my clothes were finished, which was done in my house (for the largest of theirs would not have been able to hold them), they looked like the patch-work made by the ladies in England, only that mine were all of a colour.

kneeled down - hingekniet

ladder - Leiter; Laufmasche

plumb - lotrecht; loten

collar - Kragen; Halskette; Halsband; Ring

patch - notdürftig reparieren, reparieren, einsetzen; Flicken

I had three hundred cooks to dress my victuals, in little convenient huts built about my house, where they and their families lived, and prepared me two dishes a-piece. I took up twenty waiters in my hand, and placed them on the table: a hundred more attended below on the ground, some with dishes of meat, and some with barrels of wine and other liquors slung on their shoulders; all which the waiters above drew up, as I wanted, in a very ingenious manner, by certain cords, as we draw the bucket up a well in Europe. a dish of their meat was a good mouthful, and a barrel of their liquor a reasonable draught.

huts - Hütten; Hütte

barrels - Fässer; Fass

ingenious - ingeniös, genial, findig

bucket - Eimer; ein Eimer voll; Schaufel

A dish of - eine Portion ...

Their mutton yields to ours, but their beef is excellent. I have had a sirloin so large, that I have been forced to make three bites of it; but this is rare. My servants were astonished to see me eat it, bones and all, as in our country we do the leg of a lark. Their geese and turkeys I usually ate at a mouthful, and I confess they far exceed ours. Of their smaller fowl I could take up twenty or thirty at the end of my knife.

yields - Renditen; hervorbringen, er/sie hat/hatte ergeben, weichen

beef - Rindfleisch, Ochsenfleisch, Groll, heftige Verärgerung, Rochus

sirloin - Lendenbraten; Roastbeef; (US) Rumpsteak

bites - beißt; beißen, beißen, beißen, beißen, Biss, Biss, Stich, Bissen

rare - selten; rar, blutig (Steak)

astonished - erstaunt; erstaunen

bones - Knochen

turkeys - Truthähne; Pute, Puter, Truthahn, Truthenne, Truthuhn

fowl - Geflügel

One day his imperial majesty, being informed of my way of living, desired "that himself and his royal consort, with the young princes of the blood of both sexes, might have the happiness," as he was pleased to call it, "of dining with me." They came accordingly, and I placed them in chairs of state, upon my table, just over against me, with their guards about them. Flimnap, the lord high treasurer, attended there likewise with his white staff; and I observed he often looked on me with a sour countenance, which I would not seem to regard, but ate more than usual, in honour to my dear country, as well as to fill the court with admiration. I have some private reasons to believe, that this visit from his majesty gave Flimnap an opportunity of doing me ill offices to his master. That minister had always been my secret enemy, though he outwardly caressed me more than was usual to the moroseness of his nature.

informed - informiert; benachrichtigen, mitteilen, informieren

Consort - Gefährte; Gemahl, Gemahlin

Happiness - Glücklich sein; Glück, Glücklichkeit, Fröhlichkeit

dining - Essen; Lärm, Getöse; dröhnen

staff - Stab

Seem - scheinen, dünken

usual - gewöhnlich, üblich

outwardly - nach außen hin; äußerlich

caressed - gestreichelt; (care for) sich akk um jemanden/etwas kümmern

moroseness - Verdrossenheit; Verdrießlichkeit

He represented to the emperor "the low condition of his treasury; that he was forced to take up money at a great discount; that exchequer bills would not circulate under nine per cent. below par; that I had cost his majesty above a million and a half of sprugs" (their greatest gold coin, about the bigness of a spangle) "and, upon the whole, that it would be advisable in the emperor to take the first fair occasion of dismissing me."

discount - nachlassen, Nachlass gewähren, einen Rabatt gewähren, abziehen

Exchequer - Staatskasse; Kasse, Fiskus

circulate - umlaufen, kreisen, zirkulieren, kursieren

per - je, pro, für, per

par - Pari

gold coin - Goldmünze

spangle - Flitter, Flitterblättchen, Glanzplättchen, Glitzer

advisable - ratsam

dismissing - entlassen, entlassen, abweisen, einstellen, zurückweisen

I am here obliged to vindicate the reputation of an excellent lady, who was an innocent sufferer upon my account. The treasurer took a fancy to be jealous of his wife, from the malice of some evil tongues, who informed him that her grace had taken a violent affection for my person; and the court scandal ran for some time, that she once came privately to my lodging. This I solemnly declare to be a most infamous falsehood, without any grounds, further than that her grace was pleased to treat me with all innocent marks of freedom and friendship. I own she came often to my house, but always publicly, nor ever without three more in the coach, who were usually her sister and young daughter, and some particular acquaintance; but this was common to many other ladies of the court. And I still appeal to my servants round, whether they at any time saw a coach at my door, without knowing what persons were in it. On those occasions, when a servant had given me notice, my custom was to go immediately to the door, and, after paying my respects, to take up the coach and two horses very carefully in my hands (for, if there were six horses, the postillion always unharnessed four,) and place them on a table, where I had fixed a movable rim quite round, of five inches high, to prevent accidents. And I have often had four coaches and horses at once on my table, full of company, while I sat in my chair, leaning my face towards them; and when I was engaged with one set, the coachmen would gently drive the others round my table.

vindicate - rechtfertigen, verteidigen, reinwaschen, rehabilitieren

reputation - Ansehen, Ruf, Klang, Bekanntheit

sufferer - leidet; Leider

jealous - eifersüchtig; eifrig, eifernd, neidisch

evil - böse; Sünde, übel, üblen, Ăśbel

grace - Tischgebet; Anmut, Grazie, Aufschub, Fristverlängerung

affection - Zuneigung; Rührung

Scandal - Skandal

lodging - Unterbringung; Unterkunft; (lodge); Lodge; Loge; Biberburg; feststecken

solemnly - feierlich, festlich, ernst

declare - bekanntmachen, bekanntgeben, deklarieren, ausrufen, aussagen

most infamous - anrüchigste

falsehood - Unwahrheit, Falschheit, Lüge, unwahre Behauptung, Falschsein

grounds - Gründe; Masse (elektrisch); Erdboden, Grund, Boden, geschliffen

treat - behandeln; bewirten, einladen, heilen, kurieren

freedom - Freiheit

friendship - Freundschaft

appeal - Berufung; Revision, Wirkung, Anziehungskraft; reizen, zusagen

whether - ob

carefully - sorgfältig; vorsichtig

postillion - Postillion

unharnessed - losgeschnallt; freilassen

movable - beweglich

rim - Felge, Rand, Radkranz

coaches - Kutsche, Wagen, Trainer, Trainerin, Coach, Coachin, Reisebus

leaning - (to lean) sich an etwas lehnen

coachmen - Kutscher

I have passed many an afternoon very agreeably in these conversations. But I defy the treasurer, or his two informers (I will name them, and let them make the best of it) Clustril and Drunlo, to prove that any person ever came to me incognito, except the secretary Reldresal, who was sent by express command of his imperial majesty, as I have before related. I should not have dwelt so long upon this particular, if it had not been a point wherein the reputation of a great lady is so nearly concerned, to say nothing of my own; though I then had the honour to be a nardac, which the treasurer himself is not; for all the world knows, that he is only a glumglum, a title inferior by one degree, as that of a marquis is to a duke in England; yet I allow he preceded me in right of his post. These false informations, which I afterwards came to the knowledge of by an accident not proper to mention, made the treasurer show his lady for some time an ill countenance, and me a worse; and although he was at last undeceived and reconciled to her, yet I lost all credit with him, and found my interest decline very fast with the emperor himself, who was, indeed, too much governed by that favourite.

agreeably - zustimmen; angenehm

defy - herausfordern, die Stirn bieten, trotzen, widersetzen, lossagen

incognito - inkognito

nearly - beinahe, fast

concerned - besorgt; Sorge, Anliegen

glumglum - trübsinnig

inferior - untergeordnet, nachgeordnet, unterlegen, tiefer, minderwertig

Duke - Herzog; Großherzog

preceded - vorausgegangen; vorangehen, vorausgehen

knowledge - Wissen, Kenntnis

undeceived - ungetäuscht; aufklären

reconciled - versöhnt; versöhnen

decline - Sinken, Fall, Gefälle, Abnahme, Rückgang, Schwächung

governed - regiert; regieren, steuern, regulieren, lenken, regeln


The author, being informed of a design to accuse him of high-treason, makes his escape to Blefuscu. His reception there.

accuse - beschuldigen, anklagen

high-treason - (high-treason) Hochverrat

Before I proceed to give an account of my leaving this kingdom, it may be proper to inform the reader of a private intrigue which had been for two months forming against me.

proceed - fortfahren; vorgehen

I had been hitherto, all my life, a stranger to courts, for which I was unqualified by the meanness of my condition. I had indeed heard and read enough of the dispositions of great princes and ministers, but never expected to have found such terrible effects of them, in so remote a country, governed, as I thought, by very different maxims from those in Europe.

hitherto - bis zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt, bis jetzt, bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt

meanness - Gemeinheit, Fiesheit, gemeines Benehmen

effects - Auswirkungen; Auswirkung, Wirkung, Eindruck, Effekt, Effekt

maxims - Maximen; Grundsatz, Sprichwort, Lebensweisheit

When I was just preparing to pay my attendance on the emperor of Blefuscu, a considerable person at court (to whom I had been very serviceable, at a time when he lay under the highest displeasure of his imperial majesty) came to my house very privately at night, in a close chair, and, without sending his name, desired admittance. The chairmen were dismissed; I put the chair, with his lordship in it, into my coat-pocket: and, giving orders to a trusty servant, to say I was indisposed and gone to sleep, I fastened the door of my house, placed the chair on the table, according to my usual custom, and sat down by it. After the common salutations were over, observing his lordship's countenance full of concern, and inquiring into the reason, he desired "I would hear him with patience, in a matter that highly concerned my honour and my life.

attendance - Anwesenheit

considerable - erheblich, beträchtlich, beachtlich

serviceable - brauchbar, nutzerfreundlich, praktisch, reparierbar

displeasure - Unzufriedenheit; Unmut, Missfallen, Verdruss

admittance - Scheinleitwert, Zutritt, Eintritt

chairmen - Vorsitzender, Vorsitzende

Lordship - der Herr; Herrschaft

trusty - vertrauenswürdig; treu

indisposed - unpässlich; untauglich machen

salutations - Begrüßungen; Begrüßung, Titel

concern - Bedenken; Sorge, Anliegen, Betroffenheit, Besorgnis, Konzern

inquiring - Erkundigen Sie sich; erkundigen

His speech was to the following effect, for I took notes of it as soon as he left me:-

"You are to know," said he, "that several committees of council have been lately called, in the most private manner, on your account; and it is but two days since his majesty came to a full resolution.

committees - Ausschüsse; Komitee

lately - in letzter Zeit; neulich, kürzlich, letztlich

"You are very sensible that Skyresh Bolgolam" (galbet, or high-admiral) "has been your mortal enemy, almost ever since your arrival. His original reasons I know not; but his hatred is increased since your great success against Blefuscu, by which his glory as admiral is much obscured. This lord, in conjunction with Flimnap the high-treasurer, whose enmity against you is notorious on account of his lady, Limtoc the general, Lalcon the chamberlain, and Balmuff the grand justiciary, have prepared articles of impeachment against you, for treason and other capital crimes.

sensible - wahrnehmbar; spürbar; der Empfindung fähig; gewahr; vernünftig

hatred - Hass

glory - Pracht, Herrlichkeit, Prunk, Gepränge, Ruhm

obscured - verdunkelt; obskur, dunkel, vernebelt, finster, düster

enmity - Feindschaft

notorious - notorisch

chamberlain - Kammerherr, Kämmerer

impeachment - Amtsenthebungsverfahren; Abqualifizierung, Diskreditierung

treason - Verrat, Landesverrat

This preface made me so impatient, being conscious of my own merits and innocence, that I was going to interrupt him; when he entreated me to be silent, and thus proceeded:-

preface - Vorwort, Vorrede

conscious - bei Bewusstsein, wach, aufmerksam

interrupt - unterbrechen

be silent - schweigen

"Out of gratitude for the favours you have done me, I procured information of the whole proceedings, and a copy of the articles; wherein I venture my head for your service.

procured - beschafft; beschaffen, erwerben, besorgen, aufbringen

proceedings - fortsetzend, verfahrend

copy - Kopie; Exemplar

"'Articles of Impeachment against QUINBUS FLESTRIN, (the Man-Mountain.)

Article I.

"'Whereas, by a statute made in the reign of his imperial majesty Calin Deffar Plune, it is enacted, that, whoever shall make water within the precincts of the royal palace, shall be liable to the pains and penalties of high-treason; notwithstanding, the said Quinbus Flestrin, in open breach of the said law, under colour of extinguishing the fire kindled in the apartment of his majesty's most dear imperial consort, did maliciously, traitorously, and devilishly, by discharge of his urine, put out the said fire kindled in the said apartment, lying and being within the precincts of the said royal palace, against the statute in that case provided, etc.

statute - Statut

enacted - verordnet; spielen, ausführen

liable - haftbar; fehlbar

pains - Schmerzen; Qual, Stich (Schmerz), Schmerz

notwithstanding - ungeachtet dessen

extinguishing - Löschung; löschen, auslöschen, auslöschen, abschalten

kindled - entfacht; anzünden

traitorously - verräterisch

devilishly - teuflisch

etc - usw

against the duty, etc.

Article II.

Article III.

"'That, whereas certain ambassadors arrived from the Court of Blefuscu, to sue for peace in his majesty's court, he, the said Flestrin, did, like a false traitor, aid, abet, comfort, and divert, the said ambassadors, although he knew them to be servants to a prince who was lately an open enemy to his imperial majesty, and in an open war against his said majesty.

aid - Hilfsmittel, Hilfe, Mithilfe; helfen, beispringen

traitor - Verräter, Verräterin, Vaterlandsverräter, Vaterlandsverräterin

abet - begünstigen; ermutigen, aufhetzen, anstiften, stützen, helfen

comfort - Behaglichkeit, Bequemlichkeit, Komfort, Trost, Tröstung

Article IV.

"'That the said Quinbus Flestrin, contrary to the duty of a faithful subject, is now preparing to make a voyage to the court and empire of Blefuscu, for which he has received only verbal license from his imperial majesty; and, under colour of the said license, does falsely and traitorously intend to take the said voyage, and thereby to aid, comfort, and abet the emperor of Blefuscu, so lately an enemy, and in open war with his imperial majesty aforesaid.

faithful - treu

verbal - wörtlich, verbal, mündlich, zeitwörtlich

falsely - fälschlicherweise, falsch

thereby - dabei; dadurch, damit, deswegen, darum

aforesaid - vorerwähnt

"There are some other articles; but these are the most important, of which I have read you an abstract.

abstract - Auszug, Zusammenfassung, abstrakt, trennen, entziehen

"In the several debates upon this impeachment, it must be confessed that his majesty gave many marks of his great lenity; often urging the services you had done him, and endeavouring to extenuate your crimes. The treasurer and admiral insisted that you should be put to the most painful and ignominious death, by setting fire to your house at night, and the general was to attend with twenty thousand men, armed with poisoned arrows, to shoot you on the face and hands.

debates - Debatten; Debatte, Diskussion, Streitgespräch

lenity - Nachsicht

urging - drängend; (urge); Drang; drängen, mahnen, treiben, anspornen

endeavouring - anstreben; sich nach Kräften bemühen; Bestrebung

extenuate - dämpfen, abschwächen

most painful - qualvollste

setting - Kontext; Einstellung; Vertonung; untergehend; (set); Seth

Some of your servants were to have private orders to strew a poisonous juice on your shirts and sheets, which would soon make you tear your own flesh, and die in the utmost torture. The general came into the same opinion; so that for a long time there was a majority against you; but his majesty resolving, if possible, to spare your life, at last brought off the chamberlain.

strew - streuen

poisonous - giftig

tear - zerreißen, ich/er/sie/es riss, riß

torture - Folter; Tortur; foltern

majority - Mehrheit, Majorität, Erwachsenenalter

resolving - auflösen, beschließen

if possible - womöglich

spare - überflüssig, frei, sparsam, Ersatz; sparsam umgehen

"Upon this incident, Reldresal, principal secretary for private affairs, who always approved himself your true friend, was commanded by the emperor to deliver his opinion, which he accordingly did; and therein justified the good thoughts you have of him. He allowed your crimes to be great, but that still there was room for mercy, the most commendable virtue in a prince, and for which his majesty was so justly celebrated. He said, the friendship between you and him was so well known to the world, that perhaps the most honourable board might think him partial; however, in obedience to the command he had received, he would freely offer his sentiments. That if his majesty, in consideration of your services, and pursuant to his own merciful disposition, would please to spare your life, and only give orders to put out both your eyes, he humbly conceived, that by this expedient justice might in some measure be satisfied, and all the world would applaud the lenity of the emperor, as well as the fair and generous proceedings of those who have the honour to be his counsellors.

incident - Vorfall, Begebenheit, Ereignis, Geschehnis

justified - gerechtfertigt; rechtfertigen, rechtfertigen, ausrichten

commendable - lobenswert

justly - zu Recht; gerecht

celebrated - gefeiert; feiern, zelebrieren, feiern, zelebrieren, halten

most honourable - ehrenhafteste

sentiments - Empfindungen; Gefühl

in consideration of - in Anbetracht

pursuant - gemäß

merciful - barmherzig

satisfied - befriedigen, zufriedenstellen

applaud - applaudieren, klatschen, Beifall klatschen, loben, befürworten

counsellors - Beratern; Ratgeber, Ratgeberin, Beirat

That the loss of your eyes would be no impediment to your bodily strength, by which you might still be useful to his majesty; that blindness is an addition to courage, by concealing dangers from us; that the fear you had for your eyes, was the greatest difficulty in bringing over the enemy's fleet, and it would be sufficient for you to see by the eyes of the ministers, since the greatest princes do no more.

impediment - ein Hindernis; Hindernis, Behinderung

blindness - Blindheit

concealing - verbergen, verheimlichen, verschleiern, verschweigen, verstecken

dangers - Gefahren; Gefahr, Risiko

"This proposal was received with the utmost disapprobation by the whole board.

Bolgolam, the admiral, could not preserve his temper, but, rising up in fury, said, he wondered how the secretary durst presume to give his opinion for preserving the life of a traitor; that the services you had performed were, by all true reasons of state, the great aggravation of your crimes; that you, who were able to extinguish the fire by discharge of urine in her majesty's apartment (which he mentioned with horror), might, at another time, raise an inundation by the same means, to drown the whole palace; and the same strength which enabled you to bring over the enemy's fleet, might serve, upon the first discontent, to carry it back; that he had good reasons to think you were a Big-endian in your heart; and, as treason begins in the heart, before it appears in overt-acts, so he accused you as a traitor on that account, and therefore insisted you should be put to death.

temper - Gereiztheit, Laune, Temperament, Anlassen, Ausheizen

fury - Wut; Furie

wondered - gewundert; Wunder

preserving - Konservieren; Konserve, Eingemachtes

extinguish - löschen; auslöschen, abschalten

horror - Angst, Furcht, Horror, Grauen

another time - ein anderes Mal

inundation - Überschwemmung, Überflutung

drown - ertrinken; ertränken; überwältigen

discontent - Unzufriedenheit

heart - Herz, Herzstück

Appears - Erscheint; erscheinen, auftauchen, erscheinen, auftauchen

overt - offen, offenkundig, explizit, öffentlich

"But his imperial majesty, fully determined against capital punishment, was graciously pleased to say, that since the council thought the loss of your eyes too easy a censure, some other way may be inflicted hereafter.

fully - vollständig; völlig

capital punishment - Todesstrafe

inflicted - auferlegt; zufügen, de

hereafter - nachher; künftig

And your friend the secretary, humbly desiring to be heard again, in answer to what the treasurer had objected, concerning the great charge his majesty was at in maintaining you, said, that his excellency, who had the sole disposal of the emperor's revenue, might easily provide against that evil, by gradually lessening your establishment; by which, for want of sufficient for you would grow weak and faint, and lose your appetite, and consequently, decay, and consume in a few months; neither would the stench of your carcass be then so dangerous, when it should become more than half diminished; and immediately upon your death five or six thousand of his majesty's subjects might, in two or three days, cut your flesh from your bones, take it away by cart-loads, and bury it in distant parts, to prevent infection, leaving the skeleton as a monument of admiration to posterity.

desiring - begehren, begehren, Begehren

disposal - Beseitigung, Entsorgung, Verfügung

revenue - Einnahme

lessening - abnehmen; verringern, vermindern, nachlassen, herabsetzen

faint - leise, schwach, undeutlich, ohnmächtig werden

decay - Verfall, Verwesung, Fäulnis, verfallen, verderben, faulen

consume - verbrauchen; verzehren; aufnehmen

diminished - vermindert; vermindern, verkleinern, reduzieren, verringern

cart - Pferdewagen, Wagen, Karren

loads - Last, Beschickung (Ladung), Belastung; beladen, ich lüde

infection - Ansteckung, Infektion

skeleton - Skelett; Not-, Gerippe, provisorisch, Knochengerüst

monument - Denkmal, Monument

"Thus, by the great friendship of the secretary, the whole affair was compromised.

affair - Angelegenheit; Scharmützel; Ding; Beziehung, Affäre

compromised - kompromittiert; Kompromiss, Ausgleich, sich einigen

It was strictly enjoined, that the project of starving you by degrees should be kept a secret; but the sentence of putting out your eyes was entered on the books; none dissenting, except Bolgolam the admiral, who, being a creature of the empress, was perpetually instigated by her majesty to insist upon your death, she having borne perpetual malice against you, on account of that infamous and illegal method you took to extinguish the fire in her apartment.

Starving - Hungrig; hungernd; (starve); verhungern, Hungers sterben

putting out - herausstellend

entered - eingegeben; reingehen, hineingehen, hereingehen, eintreten

dissenting - abweichend; dissentieren, Dissens

perpetually - auf Dauer

instigated - angestiftet; anstiften, hetzen, anstacheln, anzetteln

insist - darauf bestehen; auf , bestehen

borne - getragen; (to bear) ertragen, aushalten

illegal - illegal, rechtswidrig, Illegaler, illegaler Einwanderer

"I leave to your prudence what measures you will take; and to avoid suspicion, I must immediately return in as private a manner as I came."

prudence - Klugheit, Umsicht, Besonnenheit

measures - Maßnahmen; Maß

suspicion - Verdacht, Argwohn, Verdächtigung

His lordship did so; and I remained alone, under many doubts and perplexities of mind.

doubts - bezweifeln, zweifeln, Zweifel

perplexities - Verwirrungen; Perplexität

It was a custom introduced by this prince and his ministry (very different, as I have been assured, from the practice of former times,) that after the court had decreed any cruel execution, either to gratify the monarch's resentment, or the malice of a favourite, the emperor always made a speech to his whole council, expressing his great lenity and tenderness, as qualities known and confessed by all the world. This speech was immediately published throughout the kingdom; nor did any thing terrify the people so much as those encomiums on his majesty's mercy; because it was observed, that the more these praises were enlarged and insisted on, the more inhuman was the punishment, and the sufferer more innocent. Yet, as to myself, I must confess, having never been designed for a courtier, either by my birth or education, I was so ill a judge of things, that I could not discover the lenity and favour of this sentence, but conceived it (perhaps erroneously) rather to be rigorous than gentle.

decreed - verordnet; Erlass, Dekret

cruel - schrecklich; grausam (gegen)

resentment - Ressentiments; Ressentiment, Abneigung, Missgunst, Ärger

expressing - bekunden, Eilzug, Schnellzug, ausdrücklich; ausdrücken, äußern

throughout - durchgehend; überall

terrify - erschrecken

praises - lobt; Lob

enlarged - vergrößert; vergrößern

inhuman - unmenschlich

more innocent - unschuldigere

courtier - Höfling; Schmeichler

rigorous - rigoros

I sometimes thought of standing my trial, for, although I could not deny the facts alleged in the several articles, yet I hoped they would admit of some extenuation. But having in my life perused many state-trials, which I ever observed to terminate as the judges thought fit to direct, I durst not rely on so dangerous a decision, in so critical a juncture, and against such powerful enemies. Once I was strongly bent upon resistance, for, while I had liberty the whole strength of that empire could hardly subdue me, and I might easily with stones pelt the metropolis to pieces; but I soon rejected that project with horror, by remembering the oath I had made to the emperor, the favours I received from him, and the high title of nardac he conferred upon me. Neither had I so soon learned the gratitude of courtiers, to persuade myself, that his majesty's present seventies acquitted me of all past obligations.

deny - verweigern, leugnen;gegen jdn. retten

admit of - zulassen

perused - durchgesehen; studieren, genau unter die Lupe nehmen

state-trials - (state-trials) Staatsprozesse

terminate - beenden; abbrechen, terminieren, entlassen

Direct - direkt, unmittelbar, beaufsichtigen, inszenieren, befehlen

rely - sich verlassen (auf)

decision - Entscheidung, Beschluss

critical - kritisch

juncture - Knotenpunkt; Verbindungspunkt, Verbindungsstelle, Junktur

subdue - unter Kontrolle bringen, unterwerfen

pelt - Pelz; Fell (ungegerbt); bombardieren (ugs. bewerfen)

rejected - abgelehnt; verwerfen, ablehnen, zurückweisen

persuade - überzeugen (zu);überzeugen (von);jdn. breitschlagen

acquitted - freigesprochen; freisprechen, für unschuldig erklären, befreien

obligations - Verpflichtungen; Verpflichtung, Pflicht, Verpflichtung

At last, I fixed upon a resolution, for which it is probable I may incur some censure, and not unjustly; for I confess I owe the preserving of mine eyes, and consequently my liberty, to my own great rashness and want of experience; because, if I had then known the nature of princes and ministers, which I have since observed in many other courts, and their methods of treating criminals less obnoxious than myself, I should, with great alacrity and readiness, have submitted to so easy a punishment. But hurried on by the precipitancy of youth, and having his imperial majesty's license to pay my attendance upon the emperor of Blefuscu, I took this opportunity, before the three days were elapsed, to send a letter to my friend the secretary, signifying my resolution of setting out that morning for Blefuscu, pursuant to the leave I had got; and, without waiting for an answer, I went to that side of the island where our fleet lay. I seized a large man of war, tied a cable to the prow, and, lifting up the anchors, I stripped myself, put my clothes (together with my coverlet, which I carried under my arm) into the vessel, and, drawing it after me, between wading and swimming arrived at the royal port of Blefuscu, where the people had long expected me: they lent me two guides to direct me to the capital city, which is of the same name. I held them in my hands, till I came within two hundred yards of the gate, and desired them "to signify my arrival to one of the secretaries, and let him know, I there waited his majesty's command.

probable - glaubhaft, wahrscheinlich

incur - entstehen; zufügen; zurechnen, haftbar machen

unjustly - zu Unrecht; ungerecht

owe - schulden, schuldig sein

rashness - Unbesonnenheit; Hast

Experience - Erlebnis, Erfahrung, Praxis

treating - behandelnd; (treat); behandeln; bewirten, einladen, heilen

obnoxious - unausstehlich

alacrity - Eilfertigkeit; Eifer; Unverzüglichkeit

submitted - vorgelegt; sich fügen, vorlegen, einreichen, unterwerfen

hurried - eilig; Eile, beeilen

precipitancy - Überstürztes Handeln; Hast

elapsed - verstrichen; vergehen, verrinnen

signifying - bedeutend; (signify); bedeuten

setting out - aussetzend

stripped - entkleidet; Zeichenketten

coverlet - Bettdecke; Tagesdecke

wading - watend; (wad) watend

lent - verliehen; lieh

guides - lenken, führen, anleiten, leiten; Handbuch, Anleitung, Führer

I had an answer in about an hour, "that his majesty, attended by the royal family, and great officers of the court, was coming out to receive me." I advanced a hundred yards. The emperor and his train alighted from their horses, the empress and ladies from their coaches, and I did not perceive they were in any fright or concern. I lay on the ground to kiss his majesty's and the empress's hands. I told his majesty, "that I was come according to my promise, and with the license of the emperor my master, to have the honour of seeing so mighty a monarch, and to offer him any service in my power, consistent with my duty to my own prince;" not mentioning a word of my disgrace, because I had hitherto no regular information of it, and might suppose myself wholly ignorant of any such design; neither could I reasonably conceive that the emperor would discover the secret, while I was out of his power; wherein, however, it soon appeared I was deceived.

consistent - konsequent

mentioning - zu erwähnen; Erwähnung, erwähnen

regular - regulär, regelmäßig, Gleichmäßig, normal, gewöhnlich, Stammgast

ignorant - unwissend; ignorant

reasonably - vernünftig

deceived - getäuscht; betrügen, täuschen

I shall not trouble the reader with the particular account of my reception at this court, which was suitable to the generosity of so great a prince; nor of the difficulties I was in for want of a house and bed, being forced to lie on the ground, wrapped up in my coverlet.

wrapped up - (wrap up) einwickeln, einpacken, packen (Paket), einhüllen


The author, by a lucky accident, finds means to leave Blefuscu; and, after some difficulties, returns safe to his native country.

lucky - glücklich

native country - Geburtsland , Vaterland

Three days after my arrival, walking out of curiosity to the north-east coast of the island, I observed, about half a league off in the sea, somewhat that looked like a boat overturned. I pulled off my shoes and stockings, and, wailing two or three hundred yards, I found the object to approach nearer by force of the tide; and then plainly saw it to be a real boat, which I supposed might by some tempest have been driven from a ship. Whereupon, I returned immediately towards the city, and desired his imperial majesty to lend me twenty of the tallest vessels he had left, after the loss of his fleet, and three thousand seamen, under the command of his vice-admiral. This fleet sailed round, while I went back the shortest way to the coast, where I first discovered the boat. I found the tide had driven it still nearer. The seamen were all provided with cordage, which I had beforehand twisted to a sufficient strength. When the ships came up, I stripped myself, and waded till I came within a hundred yards off the boat, after which I was forced to swim till I got up to it. The seamen threw me the end of the cord, which I fastened to a hole in the fore-part of the boat, and the other end to a man of war; but I found all my labour to little purpose; for, being out of my depth, I was not able to work.

League - Liga, Spielklasse, Bund

overturned - umgestoßen; überschlagen

pulled - gezogen; ziehen, ziehen

wailing - (to wail) jammern, wehklagen, klagen; (wail) (to wail) jammern

object to - Einspruch erheben gegen, beanstanden

approach - sich nähern, nahekommen, ähnlich sein

by force - zwangsweise

tempest - Unwetter; Sturm; (temp) Unwetter; Sturm

lend - Verleihen; leihen

sailed round - umschiffte

cordage - Tauwerk, Fasertauwerk

beforehand - vorher

threw - geworfen; Wurf; werfen (du wirfst, er wirft), ich/er/sie würfe

In this necessity I was forced to swim behind, and push the boat forward, as often as I could, with one of my hands; and the tide favouring me, I advanced so far that I could just hold up my chin and feel the ground. I rested two or three minutes, and then gave the boat another shove, and so on, till the sea was no higher than my arm-pits; and now, the most laborious part being over, I took out my other cables, which were stowed in one of the ships, and fastened them first to the boat, and then to nine of the vessels which attended me; the wind being favourable, the seamen towed, and I shoved, until we arrived within forty yards of the shore; and, waiting till the tide was out, I got dry to the boat, and by the assistance of two thousand men, with ropes and engines, I made a shift to turn it on its bottom, and found it was but little damaged.

push - schieben, drängen, stoßen

favouring - begünstigen, bevorzugen

laborious - mühsam

stowed - verstaut; packen (verstauen)

shoved - geschoben; schieben

dry - trocken; trocknen, abtrocknen

damaged - beschädigt; Schaden, Schaden, beschädigen

I shall not trouble the reader with the difficulties I was under, by the help of certain paddles, which cost me ten days making, to get my boat to the royal port of Blefuscu, where a mighty concourse of people appeared upon my arrival, full of wonder at the sight of so prodigious a vessel.

paddles - verhauen; planschen, watscheln, rudern, paddeln; Paddel

concourse - Bahnhofshalle; Wartehalle, Querbahnsteig, Flughafenhalle

I told the emperor "that my good fortune had thrown this boat in my way, to carry me to some place whence I might return into my native country; and begged his majesty's orders for getting materials to fit it up, together with his license to depart;" which, after some kind expostulations, he was pleased to grant.

thrown - geworfen; Wurf; werfen (du wirfst, er wirft), ich/er/sie würfe

some place - irgendwo

native - gebürtig; einheimisch; nativ; Ureinwohner, Ureinwohnerin

begged - gebettelt; Männchen machen; etwas erbitten (von jemandem); bitten (um)

materials - Materialien; materiell, materiell, Material

Grant - gewähren; erteilen; bewilligen

I did very much wonder, in all this time, not to have heard of any express relating to me from our emperor to the court of Blefuscu. But I was afterward given privately to understand, that his imperial majesty, never imagining I had the least notice of his designs, believed I was only gone to Blefuscu in performance of my promise, according to the license he had given me, which was well known at our court, and would return in a few days, when the ceremony was ended. But he was at last in pain at my long absence; and after consulting with the treasurer and the rest of that cabal, a person of quality was dispatched with the copy of the articles against me.

afterward - nachher

absence - Abwesenheit, Absenz, Fehlen, Absence

after consulting - nach Rücksprache mit

cabal - Kabale; Geheimbund

dispatched - abgefertigt; verschicken, versenden, beeilen, besiegen

This envoy had instructions to represent to the monarch of Blefuscu, "the great lenity of his master, who was content to punish me no farther than with the loss of mine eyes; that I had fled from justice; and if I did not return in two hours, I should be deprived of my title of nardac, and declared a traitor." The envoy further added, "that in order to maintain the peace and amity between both empires, his master expected that his brother of Blefuscu would give orders to have me sent back to Lilliput, bound hand and foot, to be punished as a traitor."

envoy - Gesandter, Gesandte

represent - vorstellen, darstellen, vertreten

punish me - bestrafe mich

deprived of - beraubt

declared - erklärt; bekanntmachen, bekanntgeben, deklarieren, ausrufen

amity - Freundschaft, Freundschaftlichkeit

sent back - zurückgeschickt

The emperor of Blefuscu, having taken three days to consult, returned an answer consisting of many civilities and excuses. He said, "that as for sending me bound, his brother knew it was impossible; that, although I had deprived him of his fleet, yet he owed great obligations to me for many good offices I had done him in making the peace.

consult - Rat halten; beraten, beratschlagen, um Rat fragen

civilities - Höflichkeiten; Anstand, Höflichkeit, Verbindlichkeit

excuses - Ausreden; entschuldigen, verzeihen, sich entschuldigen

deprived - berauben

owed - geschuldet; schulden, schuldig sein, schulden, schuldig sein

That, however, both their majesties would soon be made easy; for I had found a prodigious vessel on the shore, able to carry me on the sea, which he had given orders to fit up, with my own assistance and direction; and he hoped, in a few weeks, both empires would be freed from so insupportable an encumbrance."

Majesties - Majestät

direction - Richtung; Führung; Regie

insupportable - untragbar

encumbrance - Belastung, dingliche Belastung, Verschuldung, Schuldenlast

With this answer the envoy returned to Lilliput; and the monarch of Blefuscu related to me all that had passed; offering me at the same time (but under the strictest confidence) his gracious protection, if I would continue in his service; wherein, although I believed him sincere, yet I resolved never more to put any confidence in princes or ministers, where I could possibly avoid it; and therefore, with all due acknowledgments for his favourable intentions, I humbly begged to be excused.

offering - Angebot, Anerbieten, Opfer, Opfergabe; (offer); Angebot

protection - Schutz

sincere - aufrichtig

Possibly - vielleicht, eventuell, möglicherweise, negated: unmöglich

acknowledgments - Danksagungen; Anerkennung, Bestätigung, Anerkennung

excused - entschuldigt; entschuldigen, verzeihen, sich entschuldigen

I told him, "that since fortune, whether good or evil, had thrown a vessel in my way, I was resolved to venture myself on the ocean, rather than be an occasion of difference between two such mighty monarchs." Neither did I find the emperor at all displeased; and I discovered, by a certain accident, that he was very glad of my resolution, and so were most of his ministers.

Ocean - Weltmeer, Ozean

displeased - unzufrieden; missfallen

These considerations moved me to hasten my departure somewhat sooner than I intended; to which the court, impatient to have me gone, very readily contributed. Five hundred workmen were employed to make two sails to my boat, according to my directions, by quilting thirteen folds of their strongest linen together. I was at the pains of making ropes and cables, by twisting ten, twenty, or thirty of the thickest and strongest of theirs.

considerations - Überlegungen; Erwägung, Überlegung, Überlegung, Rücksicht

hasten - hasten, beeilen

departure - Abreise; Abfahrt

contributed - beigetragen; beisteuern, beitragen

sails - segeln, abfahren (nach); Segel; schippern (ugs.), segeln

quilting - Quilten; wattierend; (quilt); Steppdecke; only for decorative examples: Quilt

twisting - (to twist) drehen

A great stone that I happened to find, after a long search, by the sea-shore, served me for an anchor. I had the tallow of three hundred cows, for greasing my boat, and other uses. I was at incredible pains in cutting down some of the largest timber-trees, for oars and masts, wherein I was, however, much assisted by his majesty's ship-carpenters, who helped me in smoothing them, after I had done the rough work.

sea-shore - (sea-shore) Seeküste

tallow - Talg

greasing - Fett

oars - Ruder

masts - Masten; Mast

smoothing - Glättung; glättend, gleitend

rough - rau, grob, Rough

In about a month, when all was prepared, I sent to receive his majesty's commands, and to take my leave. The emperor and royal family came out of the palace; I lay down on my face to kiss his hand, which he very graciously gave me: so did the empress and young princes of the blood.

His majesty presented me with fifty purses of two hundred sprugs a-piece, together with his picture at full length, which I put immediately into one of my gloves, to keep it from being hurt. The ceremonies at my departure were too many to trouble the reader with at this time.

purses - Geldbörsen; Geldbörse, Geldbeutel, Börse, Beutel, Portemonnaie

gloves - Handschuhe; Handschuh

ceremonies - Zeremonien; Zeremonie, feierliche Handlung, Ritual

I stored the boat with the carcases of a hundred oxen, and three hundred sheep, with bread and drink proportionable, and as much meat ready dressed as four hundred cooks could provide. I took with me six cows and two bulls alive, with as many ewes and rams, intending to carry them into my own country, and propagate the breed. And to feed them on board, I had a good bundle of hay, and a bag of corn.

stored - gespeichert; Lager

bulls - Stiere; Bulle, Stier

ewes - Mutterschafe; Schaf

rams - Widder; RAM

intending - beabsichtigen, vorhaben, intendieren

breed - Rasse; aufziehen, erzeugen, züchten, sich paaren, brüten

feed - füttern; Zuführung, Papierzuführung, Zufuhr; verpflegen, hegen

Hay - Heu

I would gladly have taken a dozen of the natives, but this was a thing the emperor would by no means permit; and, besides a diligent search into my pockets, his majesty engaged my honour "not to carry away any of his subjects, although with their own consent and desire."

gladly - gerne; gern

diligent - fleißig

carry away - mitreißen, davontragen, abtragen

Having thus prepared all things as well as I was able, I set sail on the twenty-fourth day of September 1701, at six in the morning; and when I had gone about four-leagues to the northward, the wind being at south-east, at six in the evening I descried a small island, about half a league to the north-west. I advanced forward, and cast anchor on the lee-side of the island, which seemed to be uninhabited. I then took some refreshment, and went to my rest. I slept well, and as I conjectured at least six hours, for I found the day broke in two hours after I awaked. It was a clear night. I ate my breakfast before the sun was up; and heaving anchor, the wind being favourable, I steered the same course that I had done the day before, wherein I was directed by my pocket compass. My intention was to reach, if possible, one of those islands which I had reason to believe lay to the north-east of Van Diemen's Land. I discovered nothing all that day; but upon the next, about three in the afternoon, when I had by my computation made twenty-four leagues from Blefuscu, I descried a sail steering to the south-east; my course was due east.

northward - nordwärts

descried - entziffert; wahrnehmen, erkennen, entdecken, herauslesen

Lee - Windschatten, Lee, Schutz

uninhabited - unbewohnt

heaving - hebend, hochhebend; (heave); heben, hieven, werfen, wuchten

steered - Gesteuert; steuern, führen, lenken; junger Ochse, Rind

van - Lieferwagen; Van

steering - Lenkung; (steer); Lenkung

I hailed her, but could get no answer; yet I found I gained upon her, for the wind slackened. I made all the sail I could, and in half an hour she spied me, then hung out her ancient, and discharged a gun. It is not easy to express the joy I was in, upon the unexpected hope of once more seeing my beloved country, and the dear pledges I left in it. The ship slackened her sails, and I came up with her between five and six in the evening, September 26th; but my heart leaped within me to see her English colours. I put my cows and sheep into my coat-pockets, and got on board with all my little cargo of provisions. The vessel was an English merchantman, returning from Japan by the North and South seas; the captain, Mr. John Biddel, of Deptford, a very civil man, and an excellent sailor.

hailed - jdm. zujubeln; (Hail to thee!) Wohl dir!, Sei gegrüßt!

slackened - erlahmt; entspannen

hung out - ausgehängt

gun - Waffe; Geschütz, Gewehr, Knarre, Revolver

unexpected - unerwartet

beloved - beliebt, geliebt, Liebe, Liebchen, Liebling; (belove); beliebt

pledges - zusichern, versprechen, geloben, zusagen, verpfänden, Gelöbnis

Provisions - Bestimmungen; Vorrat-p

merchantman - Handelsschiff

Japan - Japan

sailor - Matrose, Matrosin, Seemann, Seefrau

We were now in the latitude of 30 degrees south; there were about fifty men in the ship; and here I met an old comrade of mine, one Peter Williams, who gave me a good character to the captain. This gentleman treated me with kindness, and desired I would let him know what place I came from last, and whither I was bound; which I did in a few words, but he thought I was raving, and that the dangers I underwent had disturbed my head; whereupon I took my black cattle and sheep out of my pocket, which, after great astonishment, clearly convinced him of my veracity.

Peter - Peter; Petrus; (Der 1./2. Brief des) Petrus, checkPetr

Williams - Wilhelm

raving - (rave) wüten, toben, rasen; (rave) (rave) wüten, toben, rasen

disturbed - beunruhigt; stören

Clearly - Eindeutig; klar, deutlich

Convinced - Überzeugt; überzeugen

I then showed him the gold given me by the emperor of Blefuscu, together with his majesty's picture at full length, and some other rarities of that country. I gave him two purses of two hundreds sprugs each, and promised, when we arrived in England, to make him a present of a cow and a sheep big with young.

rarities - Raritäten; Seltenheit, Seltenheit, Rarität

promised - versprochen; Versprechen

I shall not trouble the reader with a particular account of this voyage, which was very prosperous for the most part. We arrived in the Downs on the 13th of April, 1702. I had only one misfortune, that the rats on board carried away one of my sheep; I found her bones in a hole, picked clean from the flesh. The rest of my cattle I got safe ashore, and set them a-grazing in a bowling-green at Greenwich, where the fineness of the grass made them feed very heartily, though I had always feared the contrary: neither could I possibly have preserved them in so long a voyage, if the captain had not allowed me some of his best biscuit, which, rubbed to powder, and mingled with water, was their constant food.

misfortune - Pech, Ungemach, Unglück, Unfall, Unheil

rats - Ratten; Ratte

picked - ausgewählt; Foto

grazing - Weiden; abgrasend; (graze); Kratzen, Schrammen, Schaben

bowling - Bowling; Kegeln; (bowl); Bowling; Kegeln

fineness - Feinheit; Feingehalt

biscuit - Kekse; Keks

The short time I continued in England, I made a considerable profit by showing my cattle to many persons of quality and others: and before I began my second voyage, I sold them for six hundred pounds. Since my last return I find the breed is considerably increased, especially the sheep, which I hope will prove much to the advantage of the woollen manufacture, by the fineness of the fleeces.

profit - Gewinn, Profit, nützen, profitieren, erreichen, gewinnen

Considerably - Erheblich; wesentlich, beträchtlich, beachtlich

woollen - Wolle

manufacture - Produktion, Herstellung, Produkt, herstellen, erzeugen

fleeces - Vliese; Vlies

I stayed but two months with my wife and family, for my insatiable desire of seeing foreign countries, would suffer me to continue no longer. I left fifteen hundred pounds with my wife, and fixed her in a good house at Redriff. My remaining stock I carried with me, part in money and part in goods, in hopes to improve my fortunes. My eldest uncle John had left me an estate in land, near Epping, of about thirty pounds a-year; and I had a long lease of the Black Bull in Fetter-Lane, which yielded me as much more; so that I was not in any danger of leaving my family upon the parish.

insatiable - unersättlich

foreign countries - Ausland

stock - in Bausch und Bogen, Aktien, Inventar

fortunes - Schicksal

lease - Pacht, Miete

Bull - Bulle, Stier

yielded - nachgegeben; hervorbringen, er/sie hat/hatte ergeben, weichen

parish - Pfarrgemeinde, Gemeinde, Kirchenkreis

My son Johnny, named so after his uncle, was at the grammar-school, and a towardly child. My daughter Betty (who is now well married, and has children) was then at her needle-work. I took leave of my wife, and boy and girl, with tears on both sides, and went on board the Adventure, a merchant ship of three hundred tons, bound for Surat, captain John Nicholas, of Liverpool, commander. But my account of this voyage must be referred to the Second Part of my Travels.

Johnny - Hans, Hänsel

grammar-school - (grammar-school) Mittelschule ;Gymnasium

towardly - zugewandt

merchant ship - Handelsschiff

tons - Tonnen; Tonne (Massemaß)

Liverpool - Liverpool, Liverpool

referred - verwiesen; überweisen (an)



A great storm described; the long boat sent to fetch water; the author goes with it to discover the country. He is left on shore, is seized by one of the natives, and carried to a farmer's house. His reception, with several accidents that happened there. A description of the inhabitants.

fetch - holen, einfangen, abrufen, apportieren

Having been condemned, by nature and fortune, to active and restless life, in two months after my return, I again left my native country, and took shipping in the Downs, on the 20th day of June, 1702, in the Adventure, Captain John Nicholas, a Cornish man, commander, bound for Surat. We had a very prosperous gale, till we arrived at the Cape of Good Hope, where we landed for fresh water; but discovering a leak, we unshipped our goods and wintered there; for the captain falling sick of an ague, we could not leave the Cape till the end of March.

by nature - von Natur aus

active - aktiv; gewandt, flink, tätig, rührig

restless - unruhig; ruhelos, rastlos, checkunruhig

Shipping - Warenausgang (Bereich); Transport (Versand)

Cornish - Cornwall; kornisch, Kornisch

gale - Orkan; Sturm

Cape - Umhang, Kap

fresh water - Süßwasser

discovering - Entdeckung; entdecken, erleben, erfahren, dabei sein

leak - undicht

ague - Schüttelfrost; Schüttelfrost

We then set sail, and had a good voyage till we passed the Straits of Madagascar; but having got northward of that island, and to about five degrees south latitude, the winds, which in those seas are observed to blow a constant equal gale between the north and west, from the beginning of December to the beginning of May, on the 19th of April began to blow with much greater violence, and more westerly than usual, continuing so for twenty days together: during which time, we were driven a little to the east of the Molucca Islands, and about three degrees northward of the line, as our captain found by an observation he took the 2nd of May, at which time the wind ceased, and it was a perfect calm, whereat I was not a little rejoiced. But he, being a man well experienced in the navigation of those seas, bid us all prepare against a storm, which accordingly happened the day following: for the southern wind, called the southern monsoon, began to set in.

straits - die Meerenge; Meerenge, Enge, Straße

Madagascar - Madagaskar

winds - Winde; aufspulen, rollen, blasen, aufwickeln, abspulen

blow - (to blow) blasen, wehen, pusten

Equal - Gleichberechtigt; gleich; gleichen; Gleichgestellter

westerly - westlich; Westwind

continuing - fortsetzen, weiterhin

Molucca - Molukken

Calm - ruhig; windstill; Ruhe; Windstille; beruhigen, ruhig stellen

whereat - Wozu

rejoiced - gefreut; freuen

bid - Angebot, reizen, Gebot, Bieten, bieten

southern - südlich, Süd

monsoon - Monsun, Monsunwind, Monsunzeit, Monsunregen

Finding it was likely to overblow, we took in our sprit-sail, and stood by to hand the fore-sail; but making foul weather, we looked the guns were all fast, and handed the mizen. The ship lay very broad off, so we thought it better spooning before the sea, than trying or hulling. We reefed the fore-sail and set him, and hauled aft the fore-sheet; the helm was hard a-weather. The ship wore bravely. We belayed the fore down-haul; but the sail was split, and we hauled down the yard, and got the sail into the ship, and unbound all the things clear of it. It was a very fierce storm; the sea broke strange and dangerous. We hauled off upon the laniard of the whip-staff, and helped the man at the helm. We would not get down our topmast, but let all stand, because she scudded before the sea very well, and we knew that the top-mast being aloft, the ship was the wholesomer, and made better way through the sea, seeing we had sea-room. When the storm was over, we set fore-sail and main-sail, and brought the ship to.

Likely - gleicht, ähnlich, wahrscheinlich, voraussichtlich

overblow - überblasen

took in - (take in) enger machen, hereinlegen, einnehmen

stood by - beigesprungen

fore - vorn

foul - schmutzig

guns - Pistolen; Geschütz, Gewehr, Knarre, Revolver

mizen - Besanmast

spooning - Löffeln; Löffelchen schlafen; Löffel

hulling - Schälung; Hülse, Schale, Hülle

reefed - gerefft; Segel reffen; Riff

hauled - geschleppt; ziehen, schleppen, transportieren, befödern

aft - achtern; hinten

sheet - Blatt, Bogen, Blech, Platte, Lage, Schicht, Schot

helm - Pinne, Ruder, Steuer, Steuerruder

bravely - mutig; tapfer, artig

belayed - Gesichert; festmachen

Yard - (der) Yard

unbound - ungebunden; losbinden

fierce - wild, heftig, bedrohlich

whip - Peitsche, Knute, Zagel, peitschen, auspeitschen

topmast - Toppmast; Strenge, Topp

scudded - verschüttet; fliehen, eilen, jagen, lenzen (Naut.); Bö, Windstoß

aloft - in der Luft; oben, droben

wholesomer - Großhändler; gesund, heilsam, gesundheitsfördernd

Then we set the mizen, main-top-sail, and the fore-top-sail. Our course was east-north-east, the wind was at south-west. We got the starboard tacks aboard, we cast off our weather-braces and lifts; we set in the lee-braces, and hauled forward by the weather-bowlings, and hauled them tight, and belayed them, and hauled over the mizen tack to windward, and kept her full and by as near as she would lie.

starboard - Steuerbord

tacks - Reißzwecken; Stift; heften, kreuzen; anheften (schweißen)

aboard - an Bord

braces - Hosenträger; Klafter

lifts - Aufzüge; Lüften (Bremse), Lift, Aufzug; fördern, Auftrieb geben

bowlings - Bowling

windward - luvwärts gelegen, windwärts gelegen, im Wind gelegen

During this storm, which was followed by a strong wind west-south-west, we were carried, by my computation, about five hundred leagues to the east, so that the oldest sailor on board could not tell in what part of the world we were. Our provisions held out well, our ship was staunch, and our crew all in good health; but we lay in the utmost distress for water.

staunch - standhaft; loyal, vertrauensvoll, treu, beharrlich, ausdauernd

We thought it best to hold on the same course, rather than turn more northerly, which might have brought us to the north-west part of Great Tartary, and into the Frozen Sea.

northerly - nördliche, nördlich

frozen - eingefroren; frieren

On the 16th day of June, 1703, a boy on the top-mast discovered land. On the 17th, we came in full view of a great island, or continent (for we knew not whether;) on the south side whereof was a small neck of land jutting out into the sea, and a creek too shallow to hold a ship of above one hundred tons. We cast anchor within a league of this creek, and our captain sent a dozen of his men well armed in the long-boat, with vessels for water, if any could be found. I desired his leave to go with them, that I might see the country, and make what discoveries I could. When we came to land we saw no river or spring, nor any sign of inhabitants. Our men therefore wandered on the shore to find out some fresh water near the sea, and I walked alone about a mile on the other side, where I observed the country all barren and rocky. I now began to be weary, and seeing nothing to entertain my curiosity, I returned gently down towards the creek; and the sea being full in my view, I saw our men already got into the boat, and rowing for life to the ship. I was going to holla after them, although it had been to little purpose, when I observed a huge creature walking after them in the sea, as fast as he could: he waded not much deeper than his knees, and took prodigious strides: but our men had the start of him half a league, and, the sea thereabouts being full of sharp-pointed rocks, the monster was not able to overtake the boat.

mast - Mast

Continent - Kontinent, Festland, Erdteil

jutting - vorspringend; herausragen, hervorragen

Creek - Bucht; Bach

shallow - flach; q

discoveries - Entdeckungen; Entdeckung, Entdeckung

wandered - gewandert; umherstreifen, umherstreichen, herumziehen, stromern

barren - steril, unfruchtbar, dürr, karg, ausgetrocknet

Rocky - felsig

deeper - tiefer; tief, tief, tief, tief, tief, tief, tief, tiefgründig

strides - schritte; schreiten

thereabouts - so ungefähr; daherum, dortherum, in der Gegend, um die Ecke

rocks - schaukeln, schütteln, rocken, sich wiegen (Boot); Geldstück

monster - Monster, Ungeheuer

overtake - überholen; aufholen

This I was afterwards told, for I durst not stay to see the issue of the adventure; but ran as fast as I could the way I first went, and then climbed up a steep hill, which gave me some prospect of the country. I found it fully cultivated; but that which first surprised me was the length of the grass, which, in those grounds that seemed to be kept for hay, was about twenty feet high.

steep - steil; einweichen, abschüssig

Hill - Hügel; Hang, Steigung, Steigung, Anstieg, häufeln

cultivated - kultiviert; kultivieren, anbauen, kultivieren, pflegen

surprised - überrascht; Überraschung, Überraschung

I fell into a high road, for so I took it to be, though it served to the inhabitants only as a foot-path through a field of barley. Here I walked on for some time, but could see little on either side, it being now near harvest, and the corn rising at least forty feet. I was an hour walking to the end of this field, which was fenced in with a hedge of at least one hundred and twenty feet high, and the trees so lofty that I could make no computation of their altitude. There was a stile to pass from this field into the next. It had four steps, and a stone to cross over when you came to the uppermost. It was impossible for me to climb this stile, because every step was six-feet high, and the upper stone about twenty. I was endeavouring to find some gap in the hedge, when I discovered one of the inhabitants in the next field, advancing towards the stile, of the same size with him whom I saw in the sea pursuing our boat. He appeared as tall as an ordinary spire steeple, and took about ten yards at every stride, as near as I could guess. I was struck with the utmost fear and astonishment, and ran to hide myself in the corn, whence I saw him at the top of the stile looking back into the next field on the right hand, and heard him call in a voice many degrees louder than a speaking-trumpet: but the noise was so high in the air, that at first I certainly thought it was thunder. Whereupon seven monsters, like himself, came towards him with reaping-hooks in their hands, each hook about the largeness of six scythes. These people were not so well clad as the first, whose servants or labourers they seemed to be; for, upon some words he spoke, they went to reap the corn in the field where I lay. I kept from them at as great a distance as I could, but was forced to move with extreme difficulty, for the stalks of the corn were sometimes not above a foot distant, so that I could hardly squeeze my body betwixt them. However, I made a shift to go forward, till I came to a part of the field where the corn had been laid by the rain and wind.

path - Weg, Pfad

barley - Gerste

harvest - Ernte; Frucht

fenced in - umzäunte

hedge - Hecke

lofty - erhaben; hoch

altitude - Höhe

stile - Zaunübertritt, Pfosten m

pass - passen; (to pass) durchgehen, passieren, durchlaufen

steps - Schritte; treten, treten (du trittst

cross over - überkreuzen

uppermost - ganz oben

gap - Zahnlücke; Lücke, Bresche, Leerstelle, Kluft

pursuing - verfolgend; (pursue); verfolgen, beschreiten, nachjagen

spire - Turmspitze, Spitze (Turm-)

steeple - Kirchturm

louder - lauter; laut

trumpet - Trompete

thunder - Donner; Donnern

monsters - Monster

reaping - ernten, schneiden, mähen, sensen, absensen, ernten, einheimsen

largeness - Großzügigkeit; Größe

scythes - Sense, Sichel, sensen, mähen

stalks - Stängel; jdn. belauern; Stiel, Stengel

squeeze - drücken, klemmen, pressen, quetschen

betwixt - Dazwischen; zwischen

Here it was impossible for me to advance a step; for the stalks were so interwoven, that I could not creep through, and the beards of the fallen ears so strong and pointed, that they pierced through my clothes into my flesh. At the same time I heard the reapers not a hundred yards behind me. Being quite dispirited with toil, and wholly overcome by grief and dispair, I lay down between two ridges, and heartily wished I might there end my days. I bemoaned my desolate widow and fatherless children. I lamented my own folly and wilfulness, in attempting a second voyage, against the advice of all my friends and relations. In this terrible agitation of mind, I could not forbear thinking of Lilliput, whose inhabitants looked upon me as the greatest prodigy that ever appeared in the world; where I was able to draw an imperial fleet in my hand, and perform those other actions, which will be recorded for ever in the chronicles of that empire, while posterity shall hardly believe them, although attested by millions. I reflected what a mortification it must prove to me, to appear as inconsiderable in this nation, as one single Lilliputian would be among us. But this I conceived was to be the least of my misfortunes; for, as human creatures are observed to be more savage and cruel in proportion to their bulk, what could I expect but to be a morsel in the mouth of the first among these enormous barbarians that should happen to seize me? Undoubtedly philosophers are in the right, when they tell us that nothing is great or little otherwise than by comparison. It might have pleased fortune, to have let the Lilliputians find some nation, where the people were as diminutive with respect to them, as they were to me. And who knows but that even this prodigious race of mortals might be equally overmatched in some distant part of the world, whereof we have yet no discovery.

advance - erhöhen, erheben, befördern, vorrücken, Fortschritt, Vorschuss

interwoven - verwoben; verweben, verflechten, durchweben, einweben

beards - Bärte; Bart, Alibifreundin

pierced - gepierct; lochen, durchbohren

reapers - Sensenmänner; Schnitter, Mäher, Mähder

dispirited - entmutigt; entmutigen

toil - Mühe; schuften, sich plagen, sich quälen, roboten

overcome - überwunden; überwinden

dispair - verzweifeln

ridges - Grate; Grat, First, Bergrücken, Grat, Kamm, First, (3) de

bemoaned - beklagt; beklagen, bedauern

widow - Witwe; Hurenkind

fatherless - vaterlos

lamented - beklagt; Klage, Wehklage, Klagen

wilfulness - Mutwilligkeit

agitation - Aufregung; Aufwühlung, Agitation

prodigy - Orakel; Wunder; Wunderkind

recorded - aufgenommen; protokollieren, erfassen, aufzeichnen

Chronicles - Chroniken; Chronik

attested - bescheinigt; attestieren, beglaubigen

mortification - Kasteiung; Kränkung, Demütigung

inconsiderable - unbedeutend

savage - Wilde; wild, wüst, unbebaut, unbändig, rasend

enormous - enorm, riesig

barbarians - Barbaren; barbarisch, Barbar, Barbarin, Barbar, Barbar

Undoubtedly - Zweifelsohne; zweifellos

by comparison - im Vergleich

equally - gleichermaßen, gleichmäßig

discovery - Entdeckung

Scared and confounded as I was, I could not forbear going on with these reflections, when one of the reapers, approaching within ten yards of the ridge where I lay, made me apprehend that with the next step I should be squashed to death under his foot, or cut in two with his reaping-hook. And therefore, when he was again about to move, I screamed as loud as fear could make me: whereupon the huge creature trod short, and, looking round about under him for some time, at last espied me as I lay on the ground. He considered awhile, with the caution of one who endeavours to lay hold on a small dangerous animal in such a manner that it shall not be able either to scratch or bite him, as I myself have sometimes done with a weasel in England. At length he ventured to take me behind, by the middle, between his fore-finger and thumb, and brought me within three yards of his eyes, that he might behold my shape more perfectly. I guessed his meaning, and my good fortune gave me so much presence of mind, that I resolved not to struggle in the least as he held me in the air above sixty feet from the ground, although he grievously pinched my sides, for fear I should slip through his fingers.

scared - verängstigt; erschrocken, bange

confounded - verwirrt; verwirren, verschlimmern, verschlechtern, besiegen

ridge - Grat; First; Bergrücken, Kamm, (3) checkBergrücken, checkRücken

squashed - zerquetscht; zerquetschen

screamed - geschrien; Schrei, schreien

trod - getreten; schritt, zertrat, trat; (tread) getreten; schritt

espied - erspäht; erspähen

caution - Warnung, Vorsicht, Achtsamkeit, Behutsamkeit, Kaution, warnen

endeavours - Bestrebungen; sich nach Kräften bemühen; Bestrebung

scratch - kratzen; zerkratzen, verkratzen, Kratzer

bite - beißen; Biss; Stich; Bissen

weasel - Wiesel, Mauswiesel, Zwergwiesel, Kleinwiesel

shape - Zustand, Form, Gestalt, Form

grievously - schwerwiegend; schmerzliche, kränkend

pinched - eingeklemmt; kneifen

slip - Ausrutscher; Versprecher; Rutschen (geradeaus); Lapsus

All I ventured was to raise mine eyes towards the sun, and place my hands together in a supplicating posture, and to speak some words in a humble melancholy tone, suitable to the condition I then was in: for I apprehended every moment that he would dash me against the ground, as we usually do any little hateful animal, which we have a mind to destroy. But my good star would have it, that he appeared pleased with my voice and gestures, and began to look upon me as a curiosity, much wondering to hear me pronounce articulate words, although he could not understand them. In the mean time I was not able to forbear groaning and shedding tears, and turning my head towards my sides; letting him know, as well as I could, how cruelly I was hurt by the pressure of his thumb and finger. He seemed to apprehend my meaning; for, lifting up the lappet of his coat, he put me gently into it, and immediately ran along with me to his master, who was a substantial farmer, and the same person I had first seen in the field.

supplicating - anflehend; anflehen, ersuchen, bitten

tone - Farbton, Klang, Umgangston, Ton

hateful - hasserfüllt

gestures - Gesten; Geste, Gebärde, Geste, gestikulieren

wondering - und fragen sich; (wonder) sich wundern (über)

pronounce - auszusprechen; verkünden; aussprechen, pronunzieren

shedding - abwerfen; vergießen; (shed) abwerfen; vergießen

cruelly - grausam

lappet - lappt; Zipfel, Hautlappen

substantial - wesentlich, essenziell, substanziell

The farmer having (as I suppose by their talk) received such an account of me as his servant could give him, took a piece of a small straw, about the size of a walking-staff, and therewith lifted up the lappets of my coat; which it seems he thought to be some kind of covering that nature had given me. He blew my hairs aside to take a better view of my face. He called his hinds about him, and asked them, as I afterwards learned, whether they had ever seen in the fields any little creature that resembled me. He then placed me softly on the ground upon all fours, but I got immediately up, and walked slowly backward and forward, to let those people see I had no intent to run away. They all sat down in a circle about me, the better to observe my motions. I pulled off my hat, and made a low bow towards the farmer. I fell on my knees, and lifted up my hands and eyes, and spoke several words as loud as I could: I took a purse of gold out of my pocket, and humbly presented it to him. He received it on the palm of his hand, then applied it close to his eye to see what it was, and afterwards turned it several times with the point of a pin (which he took out of his sleeve,) but could make nothing of it. Whereupon I made a sign that he should place his hand on the ground. I then took the purse, and, opening it, poured all the gold into his palm. There were six Spanish pieces of four pistoles each, beside twenty or thirty smaller coins.

therewith - damit

lappets - Läppchen; Zipfel, Hautlappen

blew - geblasen; (to blow) blasen, wehen, pusten

aside - beiseite, zur Seite

hinds - Hirschkühe; (hind leg) Hinterbein

slowly - langsam

intent - Absicht

circle - Kreis, Zirkel, Augenringe, umkreisen, einkreisen

pin - Zapfen, Bolzen, Schraubendrehereinsatz; feststecken, anheften

sleeve - Ärmel; Hülse, Schutzhülle, Tülle, Köcher

poured - geschüttet; schütten, einschenken, gießen

pistoles - Pistolen; Pistole, Faustfeuerwaffe, Zündpistole

coins - Münzen; Münze, Geldstück

I saw him wet the tip of his little finger upon his tongue, and take up one of my largest pieces, and then another; but he seemed to be wholly ignorant what they were. He made me a sign to put them again into my purse, and the purse again into my pocket, which, after offering it to him several times, I thought it best to do.

wet - nass, feucht, befeuchten, durchnässen, nass machen

then another - Er spricht mal so, mal so.

The farmer, by this time, was convinced I must be a rational creature. He spoke often to me; but the sound of his voice pierced my ears like that of a water-mill, yet his words were articulate enough. I answered as loud as I could in several languages, and he often laid his ear within two yards of me: but all in vain, for we were wholly unintelligible to each other. He then sent his servants to their work, and taking his handkerchief out of his pocket, he doubled and spread it on his left hand, which he placed flat on the ground with the palm upward, making me a sign to step into it, as I could easily do, for it was not above a foot in thickness. I thought it my part to obey, and, for fear of falling, laid myself at full length upon the handkerchief, with the remainder of which he lapped me up to the head for further security, and in this manner carried me home to his house. There he called his wife, and showed me to her; but she screamed and ran back, as women in England do at the sight of a toad or a spider.

in vain - vergebens

unintelligible - unverständlich

doubled - verdoppelt; doppelt, doppelt, doppel-, doppellagig, zweilagig

upward - nach oben; ansteigend, aufwärts

obey - gehorchen; befolgen

remainder - Rest, Teilungsrest, Restposten, runtersetzen

lapped - überrundet; Schoß

toad - Kröte

spider - Spinne

However, when she had a while seen my behaviour, and how well I observed the signs her husband made, she was soon reconciled, and by degrees grew extremely tender of me.

tender - zärtlich; empfindlich, Ausschreibung, Angebot, zart; andienen

It was about twelve at noon, and a servant brought in dinner. It was only one substantial dish of meat (fit for the plain condition of a husbandman,) in a dish of about four-and-twenty feet diameter. The company were, the farmer and his wife, three children, and an old grandmother. When they were sat down, the farmer placed me at some distance from him on the table, which was thirty feet high from the floor. I was in a terrible fright, and kept as far as I could from the edge, for fear of falling. The wife minced a bit of meat, then crumbled some bread on a trencher, and placed it before me. I made her a low bow, took out my knife and fork, and fell to eat, which gave them exceeding delight. The mistress sent her maid for a small dram cup, which held about two gallons, and filled it with drink; I took up the vessel with much difficulty in both hands, and in a most respectful manner drank to her ladyship's health, expressing the words as loud as I could in English, which made the company laugh so heartily, that I was almost deafened with the noise. This liquor tasted like a small cider, and was not unpleasant. Then the master made me a sign to come to his trencher side; but as I walked on the table, being in great surprise all the time, as the indulgent reader will easily conceive and excuse, I happened to stumble against a crust, and fell flat on my face, but received no hurt.

at noon - mittags

husbandman - Ehemann

diameter - Durchmesser

bit - Häppchen, Gebiss, Bit

crumbled - zerkrümelt; bröckeln, zerbröckeln, krümeln, zerkrümeln, Crumble

fork - gabeln, aufspalten; Aufspaltung, Gabelung, Gabel

delight - Freude, Entzückung, Wohlgefallen, Lust

Mistress - Frau, Meisterin, Herrscherin, Mätresse, Liebhaberin, Domina

dram - Quäntchen, Quentchen

gallons - Gallonen; Gallone, Gallone

most respectful - achtungsvollste

ladyship - Ladyschaft; erman: die#German

deafened - ertaubt; betäuben

cider - Apfelwein; Apfelsaft

unpleasant - unangenehm

indulgent - Nachsichtig

Excuse - Wie bitte; entschuldigen, verzeihen, sich entschuldigen

stumble - Stolpern, Fehltritt, Fehler, Schnitzer, Ausrutscher

crust - Kruste, Rinde

I got up immediately, and observing the good people to be in much concern, I took my hat (which I held under my arm out of good manners,) and waving it over my head, made three huzzas, to show I had got no mischief by my fall. But advancing forward towards my master (as I shall henceforth call him,) his youngest son, who sat next to him, an arch boy of about ten years old, took me up by the legs, and held me so high in the air, that I trembled every limb: but his father snatched me from him, and at the same time gave him such a box on the left ear, as would have felled an European troop of horse to the earth, ordering him to be taken from the table. But being afraid the boy might owe me a spite, and well remembering how mischievous all children among us naturally are to sparrows, rabbits, young kittens, and puppy dogs, I fell on my knees, and pointing to the boy, made my master to understand, as well as I could, that I desired his son might be pardoned. The father complied, and the lad took his seat again, whereupon I went to him, and kissed his hand, which my master took, and made him stroke me gently with it.

waving - (wave) wehen, winken mit, flattern; (wave) (wave) wehen

mischief - Unfug, Unheil, Querulantentum

arch - Bogen

trembled - gezittert; zittern, Zittern

snatched - geschnappt; klauen, stehlen, Reißen

felled - abgeholzt; jdn. hinstrecken; fiel, gefallen

mischievous - boshaft

naturally - natürlich

sparrows - Spatzen; Sperling, Spatz

rabbits - Kaninchen, Hase

kittens - Kätzchen

puppy - Welpe, Hündchen, Hundewelpe, junger Hund

pardoned - begnadigt; Vergebung, Verzeihung, Begnadigung, verzeihen

complied - nachgekommen; einwilligen, sich fügen

lad - Junge, Knabe, Bube, Bursche, junger Mann, Stallbursche

kissed - geküsst; küssen

stroke - Schlaganfall; streicheln; Stoß, Schlag, Streich, Hub

In the midst of dinner, my mistress's favourite cat leaped into her lap. I heard a noise behind me like that of a dozen stocking-weavers at work; and turning my head, I found it proceeded from the purring of that animal, who seemed to be three times larger than an ox, as I computed by the view of her head, and one of her paws, while her mistress was feeding and stroking her. The fierceness of this creature's countenance altogether discomposed me; though I stood at the farther end of the table, above fifty feet off; and although my mistress held her fast, for fear she might give a spring, and seize me in her talons. But it happened there was no danger, for the cat took not the least notice of me when my master placed me within three yards of her.

lap - Schoß

stocking - Strumpf; (stock) Strumpf

weavers - Webereien; Weber, Weberin, Webervogel

purring - schnurren, surren, summen; (pur) schnurren, surren, summen

ox - Ochse, Rind

paws - Pfoten; Tatze, Pfote, Pranke

feeding - Verfütterung, Speisung, Zuführung; (feed) Verfütterung

stroking - streichelnd; (stroke) streichelnd

fierceness - Grimmigkeit; Grimm, Wildheit

discomposed - verwirrt; aufregen

talons - Krallen; Klaue

And as I have been always told, and found true by experience in my travels, that flying or discovering fear before a fierce animal, is a certain way to make it pursue or attack you, so I resolved, in this dangerous juncture, to show no manner of concern. I walked with intrepidity five or six times before the very head of the cat, and came within half a yard of her; whereupon she drew herself back, as if she were more afraid of me: I had less apprehension concerning the dogs, whereof three or four came into the room, as it is usual in farmers'houses; one of which was a mastiff, equal in bulk to four elephants, and another a greyhound, somewhat taller than the mastiff, but not so large.

pursue - verfolgen, beschreiten, nachjagen, nachgehen

attack - Attacke, Angriff, Anfall, angreifen, attackieren

farmers - Bauern; Landwirt, Landwirtin; qualifier

mastiff - Dogge

in bulk - en gros

greyhound - Windhund, Windhundrüde, Windhündin, Windhundwelpe

When dinner was almost done, the nurse came in with a child of a year old in her arms, who immediately spied me, and began a squall that you might have heard from London-Bridge to Chelsea, after the usual oratory of infants, to get me for a plaything. The mother, out of pure indulgence, took me up, and put me towards the child, who presently seized me by the middle, and got my head into his mouth, where I roared so loud that the urchin was frighted, and let me drop, and I should infallibly have broke my neck, if the mother had not held her apron under me. The nurse, to quiet her babe, made use of a rattle which was a kind of hollow vessel filled with great stones, and fastened by a cable to the child's waist: but all in vain; so that she was forced to apply the last remedy by giving it suck. I must confess no object ever disgusted me so much as the sight of her monstrous breast, which I cannot tell what to compare with, so as to give the curious reader an idea of its bulk, shape, and colour.

squall - schreien; Böe, Sturmböe

Bridge - überbrücken, eine Brücke schlagen; Einschraubbrücke; Brücke

oratory - Redekunst

plaything - Spielzeug

pure - bloß, rein

indulgence - Ablasshandel; Nachgiebigkeit, Nachsicht, Milde, Nachsichtigkeit

urchin - Seeigel; Bengel, Lümmel, Lausbube, Racker

frighted - verängstigt; Angst, Schreck, Schrecken

apron - Schürze; Vorfeld; Fußsack

babe - Puppe

rattle - klappern, rasseln, erschüteln, knattern

hollow vessel - Hohlgefäß

vain - eitel; unnützlich

apply - gelten; zutreffen, auflegen, anwenden, anlegen

remedy - Abhilfe; Gegenmittel; Heilmittel; beheben

suck - ätzend; saugen; lutschen; mies sein, zum Kotzen sein

disgusted - angewidert; ekeln, Ekel

It stood prominent six feet, and could not be less than sixteen in circumference. The nipple was about half the bigness of my head, and the hue both of that and the dug, so varied with spots, pimples, and freckles, that nothing could appear more nauseous: for I had a near sight of her, she sitting down, the more conveniently to give suck, and I standing on the table. This made me reflect upon the fair skins of our English ladies, who appear so beautiful to us, only because they are of our own size, and their defects not to be seen but through a magnifying glass; where we find by experiment that the smoothest and whitest skins look rough, and coarse, and ill-coloured.

nipple - Nippel, Brustwarze, Stutzen, Verbindungsstück, Speichennippel

hue - Farbe, Tönung, Geschrei, Farbton

dug - gegraben; (dig) gegraben

varied - abwechslungsreich; variieren, verändern, sich ändern, de

spots - Flecken; Fleck, Punkt, Fleck, Pickel, Pustel, Bisschen

pimples - Pickel, Oas

freckles - Sommersprossen; Sommersprosse, Fleckchen

nauseous - widerlich, Übelkeit erregend, Brechreiz fördernd, ekelerregend

sitting down - hinsetzend

reflect - nachdenken; reflektieren, zurückspiegeln, sich spiegeln

skins - Haut, Haut, tHäutchen

defects - Mängel; Fehler, Defekt, überlaufen, zurückziehen

magnifying glass - Lupe , Vergrößerungsglas

experiment - Experiment, Versuch, experimentieren

smoothest - am glattesten; glatt, reibungslos, problemlos, glatt, glatt

I remember when I was at Lilliput, the complexion of those diminutive people appeared to me the fairest in the world; and talking upon this subject with a person of learning there, who was an intimate friend of mine, he said that my face appeared much fairer and smoother when he looked on me from the ground, than it did upon a nearer view, when I took him up in my hand, and brought him close, which he confessed was at first a very shocking sight. He said, "he could discover great holes in my skin; that the stumps of my beard were ten times stronger than the bristles of a boar, and my complexion made up of several colours altogether disagreeable:" although I must beg leave to say for myself, that I am as fair as most of my sex and country, and very little sunburnt by all my travels.

fairest - am gerechtesten; gerecht, fair, heiter, schön, angemessen

intimate - vertraut, innig, intim, vorsichtig andeuten

fairer - gerechter; gerecht, fair, heiter, schön, angemessen

smoother - glattere; (smooth); glatt; reibungslos, problemlos, glätten

shocking - schockierend; Schock, Betroffenheit, Empörung, Schlag, Stoß

skin - Haut, tHäutchen, Design, Fell

stumps - Stümpfe; Stumpf, Estompe, ratlos sein, verblüfft sein

bristles - Borsten; Borste, Borste

boar - Wildschwein; Eber

disagreeable - unangenehm, unsympathisch

beg leave - um Erlaubnis bitten

sunburnt - sonnenverbrannt; (sunburn); Sonnenbrand; Sonnenbrand bekommen

On the other side, discoursing of the ladies in that emperor's court, he used to tell me, "one had freckles; another too wide a mouth; a third too large a nose;" nothing of which I was able to distinguish. I confess this reflection was obvious enough; which, however, I could not forbear, lest the reader might think those vast creatures were actually deformed: for I must do them the justice to say, they are a comely race of people, and particularly the features of my master's countenance, although he was but a farmer, when I beheld him from the height of sixty feet, appeared very well proportioned.

discoursing - eine Rede halten; Diskurs, Diskurs, Abhandlung, Diskurs

obvious - offensichtlich; selbstverständlich; deutlich; überdeutlich; offenbar; q

vast - riesig; beträchtlich, weit, ausgedehnt, enorm

actually - Ja, also eigentlich ...;eigentlich, wirklich, tatsächlich

deformed - deformiert; verformen, entstellen

comely - anmutig; hübsch, ansehnlich

When dinner was done, my master went out to his labourers, and, as I could discover by his voice and gesture, gave his wife strict charge to take care of me. I was very much tired, and disposed to sleep, which my mistress perceiving, she put me on her own bed, and covered me with a clean white handkerchief, but larger and coarser than the mainsail of a man-of-war.

perceiving - wahrnehmend, merkend; (perceive); wahrnehmen

coarser - gröber; grob, grobkörnig, grob, grob, derb, primitiv

mainsail - Großsegel

I slept about two hours, and dreamt I was at home with my wife and children, which aggravated my sorrows when I awaked, and found myself alone in a vast room, between two and three hundred feet wide, and above two hundred high, lying in a bed twenty yards wide. My mistress was gone about her household affairs, and had locked me in. The bed was eight yards from the floor. Some natural necessities required me to get down; I durst not presume to call; and if I had, it would have been in vain, with such a voice as mine, at so great a distance from the room where I lay to the kitchen where the family kept. While I was under these circumstances, two rats crept up the curtains, and ran smelling backwards and forwards on the bed. One of them came up almost to my face, whereupon I rose in a fright, and drew out my hanger to defend myself. These horrible animals had the boldness to attack me on both sides, and one of them held his fore-feet at my collar; but I had the good fortune to rip up his belly before he could do me any mischief. He fell down at my feet; and the other, seeing the fate of his comrade, made his escape, but not without one good wound on the back, which I gave him as he fled, and made the blood run trickling from him. After this exploit, I walked gently to and fro on the bed, to recover my breath and loss of spirits. These creatures were of the size of a large mastiff, but infinitely more nimble and fierce; so that if I had taken off my belt before I went to sleep, I must have infallibly been torn to pieces and devoured.

dreamt - geträumt; Traum, Traum, t+Wunsch, träumen, träumen, t+wünschen

aggravated - verschlimmert; verschlimmern, erschweren, ärgern, verbittern

sorrows - Kummer, Traurigkeit, Trauer, Sorge, Kümmernis, Leiden

household - Haushalt

crept - gekrochen; kriechen, schleichen, schleichen, kriechen, Kriechen

curtains - Vorhänge; Vorhang, Vorhang

smelling - riechend; (smell); Geruch; Geruchssinn, Riechen, stinken

hanger - Aufhänger, Anhänger, Kleiderbügel

horrible - schrecklich, abscheulich, fies, makaber

boldness - Kühnheit; Verwegenheit, Dreistigkeit, Mut

rip - zerreißen; Riss; reißen, der Länge nach auftrennen

fate - Schicksal, Los, Geschick

wound - anschießen, verwunden

trickling - (trickle) tröpfeln, verrinnen

breath - Atmen, Atmung, Atemzug, Atem, Atempause

spirits - Geister; Geist, Seele, Geist, Stimmung, Schnaps, qualifier

infinitely - unendlich

more nimble - wendigere

taken off - abgeflogen

belt - Gürtel; Gurt; Riemen, Zone, schmettern

torn - zerrissen; zerreißen, ich/er/sie/es riss, riß

devoured - verschlungen; verschlingen, fressen, schlingen

I measured the tail of the dead rat, and found it to be two yards long, wanting an inch; but it went against my stomach to drag the carcass off the bed, where it lay still bleeding; I observed it had yet some life, but with a strong slash across the neck, I thoroughly despatched it.

tail - Schwanz; Zipfel

rat - Ratte

stomach - Magen; Bauch

drag - Planierschleppe; nachschleppen, schleppen, ziehen

bleeding - Blutungen; Blutung; (bleed); bluten; ausbluten; entlüften; Blutung; Beschnitt

slash - Schrägstrich, Schnitt, Schmarre; schlitzen, drastisch kürzen

despatched - verschickt; Tötung

Soon after my mistress came into the room, who seeing me all bloody, ran and took me up in her hand. I pointed to the dead rat, smiling, and making other signs to show I was not hurt; whereat she was extremely rejoiced, calling the maid to take up the dead rat with a pair of tongs, and throw it out of the window. Then she set me on a table, where I showed her my hanger all bloody, and wiping it on the lappet of my coat, returned it to the scabbard. I was pressed to do more than one thing which another could not do for me, and therefore endeavoured to make my mistress understand, that I desired to be set down on the floor; which after she had done, my bashfulness would not suffer me to express myself farther, than by pointing to the door, and bowing several times.

smiling - lächelnd; (smile); Lächeln

tongs - Zangen; Tong

throw - Wurf; werfen (du wirfst, er wirft), ich/er/sie würfe

wiping - (wipe) löschen, abstreifen, abwischen, aufreiben

pressed - gedrückt; Presse (Maschine), Presse (Zeitung); drängen, drücken

bashfulness - Schüchternheit; Scham

bowing - Verbeugung; (bow) sich vorbeugen; (bow) Verbeugung; (bow) sich vorbeugen

The good woman, with much difficulty, at last perceived what I would be at, and taking me up again in her hand, walked into the garden, where she set me down. I went on one side about two hundred yards, and beckoning to her not to look or to follow me, I hid myself between two leaves of sorrel, and there discharged the necessities of nature.

beckoning - heranwinken, herbeiwinken, winken, zuwinken, einladen

hid - versteckt; (hide) verstecken

sorrel - Sauerampfer

I hope the gentle reader will excuse me for dwelling on these and the like particulars, which, however insignificant they may appear to groveling vulgar minds, yet will certainly help a philosopher to enlarge his thoughts and imagination, and apply them to the benefit of public as well as private life, which was my sole design in presenting this and other accounts of my travels to the world; wherein I have been chiefly studious of truth, without affecting any ornaments of learning or of style.

dwelling - Wohnung, Behausung; (dwell); leben, verbleiben, wohnen

insignificant - unbedeutend

groveling - kriechend; (grovel); kriechen, katzbuckeln

minds - Köpfe; Verstand, t+Geist, t+Sinn, Bewusstsein

philosopher - Philosophen; Philosoph, Philosophin

private life - Eigenleben (Privatleben), Privatleben

accounts - Konten; Rechnung, Bericht, Rechnung, Konto

studious - besonnen; fleißig, lernbegierig

affecting - beeinflussen; beeinträchtigen, eine Vorliebe haben für, bewohnen

But the whole scene of this voyage made so strong an impression on my mind, and is so deeply fixed in my memory, that, in committing it to paper I did not omit one material circumstance: however, upon a strict review, I blotted out several passages. Of less moment which were in my first copy, for fear of being censured as tedious and trifling, whereof travellers are often, perhaps not without justice, accused.

committing - sich zu engagieren; einweisen, einliefern, begehen, verbrechen

omit - weglassen, auslassen

review - Durchsicht, Nachprüfung, Überprüfung, Rezension

blotted out - (blot out) ausmerzen (Erinnerung)

censured - zensiert; Tadel, Zurechtweisung, Kritik, Ermahnung, Tadeln

tedious - ermüdend, langweilig, langwierig, lästig

trifling - unbedeutend; Leichtfertigkeit

travellers - Reisender, Reisende


A description of the farmer's daughter. The author carried to a market-town, and then to the metropolis. The particulars of his journey.

My mistress had a daughter of nine years old, a child of towardly parts for her age, very dexterous at her needle, and skilful in dressing her baby. Her mother and she contrived to fit up the baby's cradle for me against night: the cradle was put into a small drawer of a cabinet, and the drawer placed upon a hanging shelf for fear of the rats. This was my bed all the time I staid with those people, though made more convenient by degrees, as I began to learn their language and make my wants known. This young girl was so handy, that after I had once or twice pulled off my clothes before her, she was able to dress and undress me, though I never gave her that trouble when she would let me do either myself. She made me seven shirts, and some other linen, of as fine cloth as could be got, which indeed was coarser than sackcloth; and these she constantly washed for me with her own hands. She was likewise my school-mistress, to teach me the language: when I pointed to any thing, she told me the name of it in her own tongue, so that in a few days I was able to call for whatever I had a mind to. She was very good-natured, and not above forty feet high, being little for her age.

dexterous - Geschicklichkeit; behänd, geschickt, fingerfertig, gewandt

skilful - gewandt, gekonnt, geschickt, erfahren

cradle - Wiege; wiegen

drawer - Zeichner, Schublade, Aussteller

hanging - (to hang) hängen, schweben; (hang) (to hang) hängen, schweben

shelf - Regal; Schelf

more convenient - genehmere

handy - praktisch; griffig, nützlich

undress - erman: sich ausziehen

sackcloth - Sackleinen

good-natured - (good-natured) gutartig

She gave me the name of Grildrig, which the family took up, and afterwards the whole kingdom. The word imports what the Latins call nanunculus, the Italians homunceletino, and the English mannikin. To her I chiefly owe my preservation in that country: we never parted while I was there; I called her my Glumdalclitch, or little nurse; and should be guilty of great ingratitude, if I omitted this honourable mention of her care and affection towards me, which I heartily wish it lay in my power to requite as she deserves, instead of being the innocent, but unhappy instrument of her disgrace, as I have too much reason to fear.

imports - Importe; importieren; Einfuhr

Latins - Latino; lateinisch, Latein

nanunculus - Nanunkulus

Italians - italienisch, italienisch, italienisch, italienischsprachig

mannikin - (arch) Gewölbe, Bogen, Fußrücken

preservation - Erhaltung

wish - Wunsch; wünschen

requite - requirieren; belohnen, erwidern, vergelten

deserves - verdient; verdienen

unhappy - unglücklich

It now began to be known and talked of in the neighbourhood, that my master had found a strange animal in the field, about the bigness of a splacnuck, but exactly shaped in every part like a human creature; which it likewise imitated in all its actions; seemed to speak in a little language of its own, had already learned several words of theirs, went erect upon two legs, was tame and gentle, would come when it was called, do whatever it was bid, had the finest limbs in the world, and a complexion fairer than a nobleman's daughter of three years old. Another farmer, who lived hard by, and was a particular friend of my master, came on a visit on purpose to inquire into the truth of this story. I was immediately produced, and placed upon a table, where I walked as I was commanded, drew my hanger, put it up again, made my reverence to my master's guest, asked him in his own language how he did, and told him he was welcome, just as my little nurse had instructed me. This man, who was old and dim-sighted, put on his spectacles to behold me better; at which I could not forbear laughing very heartily, for his eyes appeared like the full moon shining into a chamber at two windows. Our people, who discovered the cause of my mirth, bore me company in laughing, at which the old fellow was fool enough to be angry and out of countenance. He had the character of a great miser; and, to my misfortune, he well deserved it, by the cursed advice he gave my master, to show me as a sight upon a market-day in the next town, which was half an hour's riding, about two-and-twenty miles from our house. I guessed there was some mischief when I observed my master and his friend whispering together, sometimes pointing at me; and my fears made me fancy that I overheard and understood some of their words.

in the neighbourhood - in der Nachbarschaft

tame - zahm, friedlich

nobleman - Edelmann, Adeliger, Adliger, Aristokrat

inquire - erkundigen

guest - Gast; gastieren

dim - schummrig; trüb; dämmerig, dunkel

sighted - gesichtet; Sehenswürdigkeit, Gesicht

full moon - Vollmond

shining - glänzen; schimmern, wienern; Schein; putzen (Schuhe)

mirth - Fröhlichkeit, Belustigung, Freude

bore - langweilig; (to bear fruit) Früchte tragen; (bear) langweilig; (to bear fruit) Früchte tragen

fellow - Stipendiat, Typ, Kerl, Bursche; Gefährte, Kerl

fool - dumme Gans, Dummkopf, Narr, Närrin

miser - Geizhals, Geizkragen, Geiziger, Geizige

deserved - Verdient; verdienen

cursed - verflucht, verfluchte; (curs) verflucht, verfluchte

whispering - Geflüster; (whisper); Geflüster, Flüstern, Wispern

overheard - mitgehört; zufällig mit anhören

But the next morning Glumdalclitch, my little nurse, told me the whole matter, which she had cunningly picked out from her mother. The poor girl laid me on her bosom, and fell a weeping with shame and grief. She apprehended some mischief would happen to me from rude vulgar folks, who might squeeze me to death, or break one of my limbs by taking me in their hands. She had also observed how modest I was in my nature, how nicely I regarded my honour, and what an indignity I should conceive it, to be exposed for money as a public spectacle, to the meanest of the people. She said, her papa and mamma had promised that Grildrig should be hers; but now she found they meant to serve her as they did last year, when they pretended to give her a lamb, and yet, as soon as it was fat, sold it to a butcher. For my own part, I may truly affirm, that I was less concerned than my nurse. I had a strong hope, which never left me, that I should one day recover my liberty: and as to the ignominy of being carried about for a monster, I considered myself to be a perfect stranger in the country, and that such a misfortune could never be charged upon me as a reproach, if ever I should return to England, since the king of Great Britain himself, in my condition, must have undergone the same distress.

cunningly - schlau

picked out - (pick out) aussuchen

bosom - Busen, Brust, der Busenfreund (bosom buddy)

weeping - weinen; .; (weep) weinen

rude - grob, unhöflich, frech, unverschämt

folks - Leute; Volk

nicely - nett; gut

regarded - betrachtet; schätzen, betrachten, berücksichtigen

indignity - Demütigung; Entwürdigung

exposed - ausgesetzt; aufdecken, offenbaren, entblößen, bloßlegen

spectacle - Spektakel, Schauspiel

papa - der Papa

mamma - die Mama

pretended - vorgetäuscht; vorgeben, prätendieren, vortäuschen, so tun

lamb - Lamm, Lammfleisch

butcher - niedermetzeln, niedermachen; Metzger, Schlächter

ignominy - Schmach, Schande, Schändlichkeit, Unaussprechlichkeit

perfect stranger - hergelaufene

charged - aufgeladen; Entgelt

reproach - Vorwürfe; Vorwurf; Schande; vorwerfen

Great Britain - Großbritannien;GB Großbritannien

undergone - durchlaufen; durchmachen

My master, pursuant to the advice of his friend, carried me in a box the next market-day to the neighbouring town, and took along with him his little daughter, my nurse, upon a pillion behind him. The box was close on every side, with a little door for me to go in and out, and a few gimlet holes to let in air. The girl had been so careful as to put the quilt of her baby's bed into it, for me to lie down on. However, I was terribly shaken and discomposed in this journey, though it was but of half an hour: for the horse went about forty feet at every step and trotted so high, that the agitation was equal to the rising and falling of a ship in a great storm, but much more frequent.

little daughter - Töchterchen

pillion - Sozius, Soziussitz

gimlet - Nagelbohrer; Gimlet

let in - hereinlassen;eingelassen

careful - vorsichtig, behutsam, sorgfältig

shaken - geschüttelt; schütteln, erschüttern, schütteln, erschüttern

trotted - getrabt; trotten, laufen, traben

more frequent - häufigere

Our journey was somewhat farther than from London to St. Alban's. My master alighted at an inn which he used to frequent; and after consulting awhile with the inn-keeper, and making some necessary preparations, he hired the grultrud, or crier, to give notice through the town of a strange creature to be seen at the sign of the Green Eagle, not so big as a splacnuck (an animal in that country very finely shaped, about six feet long,) and in every part of the body resembling a human creature, could speak several words, and perform a hundred diverting tricks.

Inn - Gasthaus; Herberge

keeper - Hüter; Wächter, Hüter, Torwart, Tormann

preparations - Vorbereitungen; Vorbereitung, Präparat

hired - angestellt; leihen, Entgelt, anstellen, mieten; dingen

crier - Ausrufer; Schreier

give notice - kündigen

eagle - Adler, Eagle

finely - fein

tricks - List, Falle, Finte, Trick, Trick, Kunststück

I was placed upon a table in the largest room of the inn, which might be near three hundred feet square. My little nurse stood on a low stool close to the table, to take care of me, and direct what I should do. My master, to avoid a crowd, would suffer only thirty people at a time to see me. I walked about on the table as the girl commanded; she asked me questions, as far as she knew my understanding of the language reached, and I answered them as loud as I could. I turned about several times to the company, paid my humble respects, said they were welcome, and used some other speeches I had been taught. I took up a thimble filled with liquor, which Glumdalclitch had given me for a cup, and drank their health, I drew out my hanger, and flourished with it after the manner of fencers in England. My nurse gave me a part of a straw, which I exercised as a pike, having learnt the art in my youth. I was that day shown to twelve sets of company, and as often forced to act over again the same fopperies, till I was half dead with weariness and vexation; for those who had seen me made such wonderful reports, that the people were ready to break down the doors to come in.

stool - Stuhl, Kot, Hocker

reached - erreicht; erzielen, greifen (nach), sich erstrecken; eintreffen

turned about - kehrtgemacht

speeches - Reden; Sprache, Rede, Ansprache

thimble - Fingerhut; ein Fingerhut voll; Aufnahmedose, Becher, Buchse

fencers - Fechter, Fechterin

sets - Seth

act - handeln; Handlung, Tat, Akt, Gesetz, Akte, Spiel

fopperies - Ziererei

weariness - Müdigkeit

vexation - Verärgerung; Ärger, Störung, Irritation, Ärgernis

My master, for his own interest, would not suffer any one to touch me except my nurse; and to prevent danger, benches were set round the table at such a distance as to put me out of every body's reach. However, an unlucky school-boy aimed a hazel nut directly at my head, which very narrowly missed me; otherwise it came with so much violence, that it would have infallibly knocked out my brains, for it was almost as large as a small pumpkin, but I had the satisfaction to see the young rogue well beaten, and turned out of the room.

benches - Bänke; Bank, Sitzbank, Richter

put me out - (put out) herausgestellt

unlucky - Pech gehabt; unglücklich; unglückbringend; ''usually expressed verbally:'' es bringen

aimed - gezielt; zielen (auf); Ziel, Zweck; beabsichtigen

hazel - Haselnuss; Haselstrauch; grün-braun

Nut - Schraubenmutter, Nuß

knocked - angeklopft; Klopfen

brains - Gehirne; Gehirn

pumpkin - Kürbis, Kürbispflanze, Kürbisfrucht, Kürbisfarbe, Kürbisfarben

satisfaction - Befriedigung; Zufriedenheit; Satisfaktion, Genugtuung

rogue - Schurke; Lümmel, Strolch, Vagabund, Landstreicher, checkSchelm

beaten - besiegt; Schlag; jdn. bezwingen

My master gave public notice that he would show me again the next market-day; and in the meantime he prepared a convenient vehicle for me, which he had reason enough to do; for I was so tired with my first journey, and with entertaining company for eight hours together, that I could hardly stand upon my legs, or speak a word. It was at least three days before I recovered my strength; and that I might have no rest at home, all the neighbouring gentlemen from a hundred miles round, hearing of my fame, came to see me at my master's own house.

meantime - Inzwischen; unterdessen

fame - Ruhm, Berühmtheit, Bekanntheit

There could not be fewer than thirty persons with their wives and children (for the country is very populous;) and my master demanded the rate of a full room whenever he showed me at home, although it were only to a single family; so that for some time I had but little ease every day of the week (except Wednesday, which is their Sabbath,) although I were not carried to the town.

Sabbath - Sabbat, Schabbat, Schabbes, Sonntag, Hexensabbat, Hexentanz

My master, finding how profitable I was likely to be, resolved to carry me to the most considerable cities of the kingdom. Having therefore provided himself with all things necessary for a long journey, and settled his affairs at home, He took leave of his wife, and upon the 17th of August, 1703, about two months after my arrival, we set out for the metropolis, situate near the middle of that empire, and about three thousand miles distance from our house.

profitable - gewinnbringend, profitabel, lukrativ, einträglich

most considerable - beachtlichste

settled - erledigt; abklären

He took leave - Er verabschiedete sich.

situate - verorten; aufstellen, unterbringen

My master made his daughter Glumdalclitch ride behind him. She carried me on her lap, in a box tied about her waist. The girl had lined it on all sides with the softest cloth she could get, well quilted underneath, furnished it with her baby's bed, provided me with linen and other necessaries, and made everything as convenient as she could. We had no other company but a boy of the house, who rode after us with the luggage.

softest - am weichsten; sanft, mild, weich

quilted - Gesteppt; Steppdecke, only for decorative examples: Quilt

underneath - darunter; unten; unterhalb

furnished - eingerichtet; möblieren, einrichten, ausrüsten

luggage - Gepäck, Gepäckstück, Reisegepäck, etaphorical

My master's design was to show me in all the towns by the way, and to step out of the road for fifty or a hundred miles, to any village, or person of quality's house, where he might expect custom. We made easy journeys, of not above seven or eight score miles a-day; for Glumdalclitch, on purpose to Spare me, complained she was tired with the trotting of the horse. She often took me out of my box, at my own desire, to give me air, and show me the country, but always held me fast by a leading-string. We passed over five or six rivers, many degrees broader and deeper than the Nile or the Ganges: and there was hardly a rivulet so small as the Thames at London-bridge.

step out - ich/er/sie trat heraus, heraustreten;ausschreiten

score - Spielergebnis, Spielstand, Punktzahl, Partitur, anritzen

Spare me - Verschone mich!

complained - beschwert; sich beschweren, klagen, sich beklagen, meckern

trotting - trabte; traben; (trot) trabte; traben

leading - führend; führen; (lead) führend; führen

passed over - übertrat

broader - breiter; breit, deutliche, großräumig

Nile - Nil

Ganges - Ganges

rivulet - Rinnsal; Flüsschen, Bächlein

Thames - Die Themse; Themse

We were ten weeks in our journey, and I was shown in eighteen large towns, besides many villages, and private families.

On the 26th day of October we arrived at the metropolis, called in their language Lorbrulgrud, or Pride of the Universe. My master took a lodging in the principal street of the city, not far from the royal palace, and put out bills in the usual form, containing an exact description of my person and parts. He hired a large room between three and four hundred feet wide. He provided a table sixty feet in diameter, upon which I was to act my part, and pallisadoed it round three feet from the edge, and as many high, to prevent my falling over. I was shown ten times a-day, to the wonder and satisfaction of all people. I could now speak the language tolerably well, and perfectly understood every word, that was spoken to me. Besides, I had learnt their alphabet, and could make a shift to explain a sentence here and there; for Glumdalclitch had been my instructor while we were at home, and at leisure hours during our journey.

pride - Hochmut; Stolz, Trotz, Dünkel, Machtbewusstsein, Rudel

containing - enthalten

pallisadoed - pallisadiert

tolerably - erträglich

alphabet - ABC, Alphabet

instructor - Ausbilder, Ausbilderin, Lehrender, Lehrende

She carried a little book in her pocket, not much larger than a Sanson's Atlas; it was a common treatise for the use of young girls, giving a short account of their religion: out of this she taught me my letters, and interpreted the words.

atlas - Atlant, Atlas


The author sent for to court. The queen buys him of his master the farmer, and presents him to the king. He disputes with his majesty's great scholars. An apartment at court provided for the author. He is in high favour with the queen. He stands up for the honour of his own country. His quarrels with the queen's dwarf.

disputes - Streitigkeiten; Streit, Disput, Debatte, erörtern, bestreiten

stands up for - (stand up for) Stellung nehmen für

quarrels - Streitigkeiten; sich streiten, zanken

dwarf - Zwerg, Zwergin, Zwergstern

The frequent labours I underwent every day, made, in a few weeks, a very considerable change in my health: the more my master got by me, the more insatiable he grew. I had quite lost my stomach, and was almost reduced to a skeleton. The farmer observed it, and concluding I must soon die, resolved to make as good a hand of me as he could. While he was thus reasoning and resolving with himself, a sardral, or gentleman-usher, came from court, commanding my master to carry me immediately thither for the diversion of the queen and her ladies. Some of the latter had already been to see me, and reported strange things of my beauty, behaviour, and good sense. Her majesty, and those who attended her, were beyond measure delighted with my demeanour. I fell on my knees, and begged the honour of kissing her imperial foot; but this gracious princess held out her little finger towards me, after I was set on the table, which I embraced in both my arms, and put the tip of it with the utmost respect to my lip. She made me some general questions about my country and my travels, which I answered as distinctly, and in as few words as I could. She asked, "whether I could be content to live at court?" I bowed down to the board of the table, and humbly answered "that I was my master's slave: but, if I were at my own disposal, I should be proud to devote my life to her majesty's service." She then asked my master, "whether he was willing to sell me at a good price?" He, who apprehended I could not live a month, was ready enough to part with me, and demanded a thousand pieces of gold, which were ordered him on the spot, each piece being about the bigness of eight hundred moidores; but allowing for the proportion of all things between that country and Europe, and the high price of gold among them, was hardly so great a sum as a thousand guineas would be in England.

labours - Arbeit, Arbeiter-p, gebären, arbeiten

more insatiable - unersättlichere

reduced - ermäßigt; reduzieren, herabsetzen, vermindern, abnehmen

concluding - abschließend; beenden, schließen, zu Ende führen, abschließen

usher - Platzanweiser; Gerichtsdiener; zuweisen, anweisen, führen

demeanour - Auftreten; Benehmen, Verhalten

kissing - küssen

princess - Prinzessin, Königstochter

embraced - umarmt; umarmen, annehmen, umarmen, Umarmung

bowed - gebeugt; Verneigung (vor), Verbeugung; Bogen, Bug (Schiff)

slave - Sklave, Sklavin, Sexsklave

proud - stolz, prahlerisch

devote - widmen

allowing - erlauben, zulassen, akzeptieren, erlauben, zulassen, erlauben

guineas - Guinea

I then said to the queen, "since I was now her majesty's most humble creature and vassal, I must beg the favour, that Glumdalclitch, who had always tended me with so much care and kindness, and understood to do it so well, might be admitted into her service, and continue to be my nurse and instructor."

vassal - Vasall, Lehnsmann, Gefolgsmann, Gefolgsleute

beg - Männchen machen; etwas erbitten (von jemandem); bitten (um)

tended - gepflegt; abzielen

Her majesty agreed to my petition, and easily got the farmer's consent, who was glad enough to have his daughter preferred at court, and the poor girl herself was not able to hide her joy. My late master withdrew, bidding me farewell, and saying he had left me in a good service; to which I replied not a word, only making him a slight bow.

bidding - (to bid) befehlen, bieten, bitten; (bid) (to bid) befehlen

Farewell - Abschied nehmen; Lebewohl, Adieu, Abschied, Lebewohl sagen

Slight - geringfügig, leicht, unbedeutend

The queen observed my coldness; and, when the farmer was gone out of the apartment, asked me the reason. I made bold to tell her majesty, "that I owed no other obligation to my late master, than his not dashing out the brains of a poor harmless creature, found by chance in his fields: which obligation was amply recompensed, by the gain he had made in showing me through half the kingdom, and the price he had now sold me for. That the life I had since led was laborious enough to kill an animal of ten times my strength. That my health was much impaired, by the continual drudgery of entertaining the rabble every hour of the day; and that, if my master had not thought my life in danger, her majesty would not have got so cheap a bargain.

coldness - Kälte

gone out - ausgegangen

dashing - schneidig; Bindestrich, Gedankenstrich, Querstrich, Strich

harmless - harmlos, unschädlich, ungefährlich

by chance - zufällig

amply - reichlich

impaired - beeinträchtigt; beeinträchtigen, schädigen

drudgery - Plackerei

bargain - Angebot; Vereinbarung, Abmachung, Schnäppchen, Anschaffung

But as I was out of all fear of being ill-treated under the protection of so great and good an empress, the ornament of nature, the darling of the world, the delight of her subjects, the phoenix of the creation, so I hoped my late master's apprehensions would appear to be groundless; for I already found my spirits revive, by the influence of her most august presence."

ornament - Verzierung; musikalische Verzierung

darling - Liebling, Schatz, Schätzchen

phoenix - Phönix

creation - Erfindung, Werk, Kreation, Schöpfung

apprehensions - Befürchtungen; Greifen

groundless - grundlos, unbegründet

revive - auffrischen; wiederbeleben

influence - Einfluss; Beeinflussung, Beeinflusser, beeinflussen

This was the sum of my speech, delivered with great improprieties and hesitation. The latter part was altogether framed in the style peculiar to that people, whereof I learned some phrases from Glumdalclitch, while she was carrying me to court.

improprieties - Unregelmäßigkeiten; Ungehörigkeit

hesitation - Zögern

framed - gerahmt; ausarbeiten, entwerfen, einfassen, einrahmen, rahmen

The queen, giving great allowance for my defectiveness in speaking, was, however, surprised at so much wit and good sense in so diminutive an animal. She took me in her own hand, and carried me to the king, who was then retired to his cabinet. His majesty, a prince of much gravity and austere countenance, not well observing my shape at first view, asked the queen after a cold manner "how long it was since she grew fond of a splacnuck?" for such it seems he took me to be, as I lay upon my breast in her majesty's right hand.

defectiveness - Fehlerhaftigkeit; Schadhaftigkeit, Mangelhaftigkeit

gravity - Bedenklichkeit, Ernst, Erdanziehung, Gravitation, Schwerkraft

austere - Streng; schlicht, genügsam

fond - (to be fond of sb/sth) jemanden/etwas gerne mögen

But this princess, who has an infinite deal of wit and humour, set me gently on my feet upon the scrutoire, and commanded me to give his majesty an account of myself, which I did in a very few words: and Glumdalclitch who attended at the cabinet door, and could not endure I should be out of her sight, being admitted, confirmed all that had passed from my arrival at her father's house.

deal - Menge, Handel, Teil, Abkommen

humour - Humor; Laune, Stimmung, Körpersaft

endure - ertragen, aushalten, dulden, von Bestand sein

The king, although he be as learned a person as any in his dominions, had been educated in the study of philosophy, and particularly mathematics; yet when he observed my shape exactly, and saw me walk erect, before I began to speak, conceived I might be a piece of clock-work (which is in that country arrived to a very great perfection) contrived by some ingenious artist. But when he heard my voice, and found what I delivered to be regular and rational, he could not conceal his astonishment.

Philosophy - Philosophie

conceal - verbergen, verheimlichen, verschleiern, verschweigen

He was by no means satisfied with the relation I gave him of the manner I came into his kingdom, but thought it a story concerted between Glumdalclitch and her father, who had taught me a set of words to make me sell at a better price. Upon this imagination, he put several other questions to me, and still received rational answers: no otherwise defective than by a foreign accent, and an imperfect knowledge in the language, with some rustic phrases which I had learned at the farmer's house, and did not suit the polite style of a court.

defective - fehlerhaft, defekt, mangelhaft, unvollständig

foreign - Ausland; fremd, ausländisch

imperfect - unvollkommen, mangelhaft, unvollständig, fehlerhaft, Imperfekt

rustic - rustikal

polite - höflich

His majesty sent for three great scholars, who were then in their weekly waiting, according to the custom in that country. These gentlemen, after they had a while examined my shape with much nicety, were of different opinions concerning me. They all agreed that I could not be produced according to the regular laws of nature, because I was not framed with a capacity of preserving my life, either by swiftness, or climbing of trees, or digging holes in the earth. They observed by my teeth, which they viewed with great exactness, that I was a carnivorous animal; yet most quadrupeds being an overmatch for me, and field mice, with some others, too nimble, they could not imagine how I should be able to support myself, unless I fed upon snails and other insects, which they offered, by many learned arguments, to evince that I could not possibly do. One of these virtuosi seemed to think that I might be an embryo, or abortive birth.

weekly - wöchentlich; Wochenzeitschrift, Wochenblatt, Wochenzeitung

examined - untersucht; untersuchen, untersuchen, untersuchen, prüfen

nicety - Nettigkeit; Feinheit

capacity - Kapazität; Befugnis

swiftness - Schnelligkeit

digging - grabend; (dig) grabend

carnivorous - fleischfressend

quadrupeds - Vierfüßer, Vierfüßerin, Vierfüßler, Vierfüßlerin, Quadrupeder

overmatch - überspielen

nimble - wendig; schnell, gelenkig, behänd, flink

Unless - wenn nicht, es sei denn

fed - abgefütterte, gefüttert; (feed) abgefütterte, gefüttert

snails - Schnecken; Schnecke

Insects - Insekten; Insekt

evince - bekunden, zeigen, zum Vorschein bringen, an den Tag legen

virtuosi - Virtuosen

embryo - Embryo

abortive - abtreibend

But this opinion was rejected by the other two, who observed my limbs to be perfect and finished; and that I had lived several years, as it was manifest from my beard, the stumps whereof they plainly discovered through a magnifying glass. They would not allow me to be a dwarf, because my littleness was beyond all degrees of comparison; for the queen's favourite dwarf, the smallest ever known in that kingdom, was near thirty feet high. After much debate, they concluded unanimously, that I was only relplum scalcath, which is interpreted literally lusus naturć; a determination exactly agreeable to the modern philosophy of Europe, whose professors, disdaining the old evasion of occult causes, whereby the followers of Aristotle endeavoured in vain to disguise their ignorance, have invented this wonderful solution of all difficulties, to the unspeakable advancement of human knowledge.

magnifying - vergrößern

littleness - Geringfügigkeit; Kleinigkeit

comparison - Vergleich, Komparation, Vergleichen, Vergleichung

unanimously - einstimmig

literally - buchstäblich

naturć - natura

determination - Bestimmung; Determination; Bestimmtheit; Feststellung; Entschluss; Unterscheidung

disdaining - Verachtung, Geringschätzung (disrespect)

evasion - Umgehung, Ausweichen, Hinterziehung, Vermeidung

occult - okkult; Okkult, Okkultismus

causes - Ursache, Anlass, Grund, Sache, verursachen, auslösen, lassen

followers - Mitläufer; Nachfolger, Nachfolgerin, Anhänger, Follower

Aristotle - Aristoteles

disguise - Verkleidung; Tarnung; verstellen

invented - erfunden; erfinden, ausdenken, erfinden

solution - Lösung

unspeakable - unaussprechlich

advancement - Förderung; Fortschritt; Erbvorbezug

After this decisive conclusion, I entreated to be heard a word or two. I applied myself to the king, and assured his majesty, "that I came from a country which abounded with several millions of both sexes, and of my own stature; where the animals, trees, and houses, were all in proportion, and where, by consequence, I might be as able to defend myself, and to find sustenance, as any of his majesty's subjects could do here; which I took for a full answer to those gentlemen's arguments." To this they only replied with a smile of contempt, saying, "that the farmer had instructed me very well in my lesson." The king, who had a much better understanding, dismissing his learned men, sent for the farmer, who by good fortune was not yet gone out of town. Having therefore first examined him privately, and then confronted him with me and the young girl, his majesty began to think that what we told him might possibly be true. He desired the queen to order that a particular care should be taken of me; and was of opinion that Glumdalclitch should still continue in her office of tending me, because he observed we had a great affection for each other. A convenient apartment was provided for her at court: she had a sort of governess appointed to take care of her education, a maid to dress her, and two other servants for menial offices; but the care of me was wholly appropriated to herself. The queen commanded her own cabinet-maker to contrive a box, that might serve me for a bedchamber, after the model that Glumdalclitch and I should agree upon.

decisive - entscheidend

conclusion - Schluss, Ende, Abschluss, Ergebnis, Schlussfolgerung

abounded - im Überfluss vorhanden; in

stature - Körpergröße, Statur

confronted - konfrontiert; konfrontieren, entgegentreten, Sache

tending - pflegend; abzielen

governess - Hauslehrerin, Erzieherin, Gouvernante

Maker - Schöpfer; Macher, Hersteller, Fabrikant

contrive - ausdenken; ersinnen; entwerfen; bewerkstelligen

agree upon - vereinbaren

This man was a most ingenious artist, and according to my direction, in three weeks finished for me a wooden chamber of sixteen feet square, and twelve high, with sash-windows, a door, and two closets, like a London bed-chamber. The board, that made the ceiling, was to be lifted up and down by two hinges, to put in a bed ready furnished by her majesty's upholsterer, which Glumdalclitch took out every day to air, made it with her own hands, and letting it down at night, locked up the roof over me. A nice workman, who was famous for little curiosities, undertook to make me two chairs, with backs and frames, of a substance not unlike ivory, and two tables, with a cabinet to put my things in. The room was quilted on all sides, as well as the floor and the ceiling, to prevent any accident from the carelessness of those who carried me, and to break the force of a jolt, when I went in a coach. I desired a lock for my door, to prevent rats and mice from coming in. The smith, after several attempts, made the smallest that ever was seen among them, for I have known a larger at the gate of a gentleman's house in England. I made a shift to keep the key in a pocket of my own, fearing Glumdalclitch might lose it. The queen likewise ordered the thinnest silks that could be gotten, to make me clothes, not much thicker than an English blanket, very cumbersome till I was accustomed to them. They were after the fashion of the kingdom, partly resembling the Persian, and partly the Chinese, and are a very grave and decent habit.

wooden - hölzern, Holz-

sash - Schieberahmen, Schärpe

closets - Schränke; Schrank, Wandschrank, Kammer, Abstellkammer, Ankleide

ceiling - Zimmerdecke; Zimmerdecke; (ceil) Zimmerdecke; Zimmerdecke

upholsterer - Polsterer, Tapezierer

workman - Handwerker; Arbeiter

curiosities - Kuriositäten; Neugier, Neugierde, Kuriosität, Kuriosum

undertook - unternommen hat; unternehmen, ausführen, verpflichten

frames - ausarbeiten, entwerfen, einfassen, einrahmen, rahmen, festlegen

unlike - im Gegensatz zu; ungleichartig, anders, ungleich

ivory - Elfenbein, Elfenbeinfarbe, elfenbeinern, Elfenbein-

jolt - Ruck; schütteln, durchrütteln, einen Schlag versetzen

lock - sperren; Schloss

attempts - versuchen, Versuch, Bestreben

fearing - fürchten, befürchten, Angst haben; Furcht, Schreck, Befürchtung

silks - Seiden; Seide, Seide

gotten - bekommen

blanket - Decke, Wolldecke, Bettdecke, Schicht, Lage, allgemein

cumbersome - umständlich

accustomed - Gewöhnt; gewöhnen, gewöhnen

partly - teilweise, zum Teil

Persian - persisch; Perser

The queen became so fond of my company, that she could not dine without me. I had a table placed upon the same at which her majesty ate, just at her left elbow, and a chair to sit on. Glumdalclitch stood on a stool on the floor near my table, to assist and take care of me. I had an entire set of silver dishes and plates, and other necessaries, which, in proportion to those of the queen, were not much bigger than what I have seen in a London toy-shop for the furniture of a baby-house: these my little nurse kept in her pocket in a silver box, and gave me at meals as I wanted them, always cleaning them herself. No person dined with the queen but the two princesses royal, the eldest sixteen years old, and the younger at that time thirteen and a month. Her majesty used to put a bit of meat upon one of my dishes, out of which I carved for myself, and her diversion was to see me eat in miniature: for the queen (who had indeed but a weak stomach) took up, at one mouthful, as much as a dozen English farmers could eat at a meal, which to me was for some time a very nauseous sight.

elbow - Ellbogen; Rohrbogen; Ellbogenstoß; ellbögeln

entire - vollständig; ganz, gesamt

plates - Teller; Platte (Druckplatte); Lagerplatte, Lochstein (Uhr)

toy-shop - (toy-shop) Spielwarenhandlung

dined - zu Abend gegessen; Lärm, Getöse; dröhnen

princesses - Prinzessinnen; Prinzessin, Königstochter

carved - geschnitzt; schneiden, tranchieren, zerlegen, schnitzen

eat in - zu Hause essen

miniature - Miniatur, mittelalterliche Buchmalerei

She would craunch the wing of a lark, bones and all, between her teeth, although it were nine times as large as that of a full-grown turkey; and put a bit of bread into her mouth as big as two twelve-penny loaves. She drank out of a golden cup, above a hogshead at a draught. Her knives were twice as long as a scythe, set straight upon the handle. The spoons, forks, and other instruments, were all in the same proportion. I remember when Glumdalclitch carried me, out of curiosity, to see some of the tables at court, where ten or a dozen of those enormous knives and forks were lifted up together, I thought I had never till then beheld so terrible a sight.

Wing - Flügel, Schwinge, Gebäudeflügel, Tragfläche, tTragflügel

turkey - Pute, Puter, Truthahn, Truthenne

penny - Penny

Golden - golden, goldgelb

hogshead - Schweinskopf; Oxhoft

knives - Messer

scythe - Sense; Sichel; sensen, mähen

handle - handhaben; Henkel, Hantel, Griff, Türklinke; abarbeiten

spoons - Löffelchen schlafen; Löffel

forks - gabeln, aufspalten; Aufspaltung, Gabelung, Gabel

instruments - Instrumente; Instrument

till then - bis dahin, bis nachher

It is the custom, that every Wednesday (which, as I have observed, is their Sabbath) the king and queen, with the royal issue of both sexes, dine together in the apartment of his majesty, to whom I was now become a great favourite; and at these times, my little chair and table were placed at his left hand, before one of the salt-cellars. This prince took a pleasure in conversing with me, inquiring into the manners, religion, laws, government, and learning of Europe; wherein I gave him the best account I was able. His apprehension was so clear, and his judgment so exact, that he made very wise reflections and observations upon all I said. But I confess, that, after I had been a little too copious in talking of my own beloved country, of our trade and wars by sea and land, of our schisms in religion, and parties in the state; the prejudices of his education prevailed so far, that he could not forbear taking me up in his right hand, and stroking me gently with the other, after a hearty fit of laughing, asked me, "whether I was a whig or tory?

dine - speisen

cellars - Weinkeller; Keller

pleasure - Vergnügen; Freude, Spaß, Wollust

wise - weise; klug, vernünftig

observations - Beobachtungen; Beobachtung, Bemerkung

copious - reichlich

schisms - Schismen; Zerwürfnis

prejudices - Vorurteile; Vorurteil

hearty - herzlich, herzhaft, deftig

Whig - Whig

Tory - Tory

Then turning to his first minister, who waited behind him with a white staff, near as tall as the mainmast of the Royal Sovereign, he observed "how contemptible a thing was human grandeur, which could be mimicked by such diminutive insects as I: and yet," says he, "I dare engage these creatures have their titles and distinctions of honour; they contrive little nests and burrows, that they call houses and cities; they make a figure in dress and equipage; they love, they fight, they dispute, they cheat, they betray!" And thus he continued on, while my colour came and went several times, with indignation, to hear our noble country, the mistress of arts and arms, the scourge of France, the arbitress of Europe, the seat of virtue, piety, honour, and truth, the pride and envy of the world, so contemptuously treated.

mainmast - Großmast

sovereign - souverän

contemptible - verachtenswürdig, verachtenswert

mimicked - nachgeahmt; nachahmen, nachäffen

dare - sich getrauen, wagen, jemanden herausfordern

engage - engagieren; beschäftigen; anstellen; angreifen, anlegen

distinctions - Unterscheidungen; Unterschied, Auszeichnung

nests - Nester; Nest

burrows - Höhlen; Bau, graben

equipage - Ausrüstung; Equipage

fight - kämpfen; Kampf, Schlacht

cheat - schummeln, bescheißen (sl.), betrügen, mogeln; Falschspieler

betray - verraten; im Stich lassen, von etwas zeugen, verleiten

indignation - Empörung, Entrüstung

scourge - Plage, Geißel, Last, Bürde

France - Frankreich

arbitress - Schiedsfrau

piety - Frömmigkeit; Pietät

envy - Neid; beneiden

contemptuously - verächtlich

Nothing angered and mortified me so much as the queen's dwarf; who being of the lowest stature that was ever in that country (for I verily think he was not full thirty feet high), became so insolent at seeing a creature so much beneath him, that he would always affect to swagger and look big as he passed by me in the queen's antechamber, while I was standing on some table talking with the lords or ladies of the court, and he seldom failed of a smart word or two upon my littleness; against which I could only revenge myself by calling him brother, challenging him to wrestle, and such repartees as are usually in the mouths of court pages. One day, at dinner, this malicious little cub was so nettled with something I had said to him, that, raising himself upon the frame of her majesty's chair, he took me up by the middle, as I was sitting down, not thinking any harm, and let me drop into a large silver bowl of cream, and then ran away as fast as he could.

angered - verärgert; Ärger, Zorn, Wut, Groll, Ingrimm, Grimm, Furor

mortified - gedemütigt; abtöten, töten, abtöten

lowest - niedrigsten; Lowe

verily - wahrhaftig; wahrlich; gewiss, natürlich, sicher

insolent - unverschämt; beleidigend, verletzend, anmaßend, überheblich

beneath - unter

swagger - Prahlerei; schwadronieren

antechamber - Vorraum, Vorzimmer, Vorkammer

failed - gescheitert; mangelhaft (Zensur 5)

challenging - herausfordernd; Herausforderung, Herausforderung

wrestle - ringen

repartees - Schlagabtäusche; schlagfertige Antwort; Konter

malicious - bösartig

cub - Welpe; Tollpatsch, Flegel

nettled - genervt; Nessel, Brennnessel

harm - Schaden

bowl - Schüssel, Kessel

I fell over head and ears, and, if I had not been a good swimmer, it might have gone very hard with me; for Glumdalclitch in that instant happened to be at the other end of the room, and the queen was in such a fright, that she wanted presence of mind to assist me. But my little nurse ran to my relief, and took me out, after I had swallowed above a quart of cream. I was put to bed: however, I received no other damage than the loss of a suit of clothes, which was utterly spoiled. The dwarf was soundly whipt, and as a farther punishment, forced to drink up the bowl of cream into which he had thrown me: neither was he ever restored to favour; for soon after the queen bestowed him on a lady of high quality, so that I saw him no more, to my very great satisfaction; for I could not tell to what extremities such a malicious urchin might have carried his resentment.

swimmer - Schwimmer, Schwimmerin

relief - Erleichterung, Befreiung, Linderung, Unterstützung

swallowed - verschluckt; schlucken, verschlingen, anbeißen, einstecken

quart - Quart

soundly - solide; gründlich, ordentlich

whipt - gepeitscht

drink up - austrinken

restored - wiederhergestellt; wiederherstellen, restaurieren, restaurieren

bestowed - verliehen; verstauen, einlagern, unterbringen, schenken

He had before served me a scurvy trick, which set the queen a-laughing, although at the same time she was heartily vexed, and would have immediately cashiered him, if I had not been so generous as to intercede. Her majesty had taken a marrow-bone upon her plate, and, after knocking out the marrow, placed the bone again in the dish erect, as it stood before; the dwarf, watching his opportunity, while Glumdalclitch was gone to the side-board, mounted the stool that she stood on to take care of me at meals, took me up in both hands, and squeezing my legs together, wedged them into the marrow bone above my waist, where I stuck for some time, and made a very ridiculous figure.

scurvy - Skorbut, Scharbock

trick - List, Falle, Finte, Trick, Trick

vexed - verärgert; ärgern, verärgern, reizen, irritieren, beunruhigen

cashiered - kassiert; Kassierer, Kassenbeamte

intercede - bitten, verwenden, eingreifen, intervenieren

marrow - Knochenmark; Mark

bone - Knochen

squeezing - abquetschend, quetschend; (squeeze); drücken, klemmen, pressen

wedged - verkeilt; verkeilen, festklemmen

I believe it was near a minute before any one knew what was become of me; for I thought it below me to cry out. But, as princes seldom get their meat hot, my legs were not scalded, only my stockings and breeches in a sad condition. The dwarf, at my entreaty, had no other punishment than a sound whipping.

scalded - verbrüht; verbrühen

entreaty - Bitten; Flehen

whipping - (whip) auspeitschen, flitzen, peitschen; (whip); Peitsche

I was frequently rallied by the queen upon account of my fearfulness; and she used to ask me whether the people of my country were as great cowards as myself? The occasion was this: the kingdom is much pestered with flies in summer; and these odious insects, each of them as big as a Dunstable lark, hardly gave me any rest while I sat at dinner, with their continual humming and buzzing about mine ears. They would sometimes alight upon my victuals, and leave their loathsome excrement, or spawn behind, which to me was very visible, though not to the natives of that country, whose large optics were not so acute as mine, in viewing smaller objects. Sometimes they would fix upon my nose, or forehead, where they stung me to the quick, smelling very offensively; and I could easily trace that viscous matter, which, our naturalists tell us, enables those creatures to walk with their feet upwards upon a ceiling. I had much ado to defend myself against these detestable animals, and could not forbear starting when they came on my face.

rallied - versammelt; Zusammenkunft

fearfulness - Ängstlichkeit; Furchtsamkeit

pestered - belästigt; belästigen

odious - abscheulich, scheußlich, abstoßend, widerlich

humming - Brummen; (to hum) summen, murmeln; (hum); Summen

buzzing - Brummen; surrend; (buzz); Summen, Brummen, Gemurmel, Raunen

alight - aussteigen; landen

loathsome - verabscheuungswürdig; ekelhaft, abscheulich, scheußlich

excrement - Exkremente; Kot

spawn - hervorbringen, laichen; Brut, Laich

visible - sichtbar

optics - Optik; optisch, optisch

acute - scharf; spitz; akut

forehead - Stirn

stung - gestochen; Stachel, brennender Schmerz

offensively - offensiv

trace - verfolgen; Zeichen, Spur

viscous - zähflüssig, viskos, dickflüssig

naturalists - Naturforscher, Naturforscherin, Naturalist, Naturalistin

enables - ermöglicht; berechtigen, befähigen, ermöglichen, anordnen

ado - Getue; Getöse, checkLärm, checkMühe

It was the common practice of the dwarf, to catch a number of these insects in his hand, as schoolboys do among us, and let them out suddenly under my nose, on purpose to frighten me, and divert the queen. My remedy was to cut them in pieces with my knife, as they flew in the air, wherein my dexterity was much admired.

catch - Fang; Haken; fangen; einfangen; verstehen, begreifen, bekommen

schoolboys - Schuljungen; Schüler, Schuljunge

frighten - Angst machen, erschrecken, beängstigen

admired - bewundert; bewundern, verehren, hochschätzen

I remember, one morning, when Glumdalclitch had set me in a box upon a window, as she usually did in fair days to give me air (for I durst not venture to let the box be hung on a nail out of the window, as we do with cages in England), after I had lifted up one of my sashes, and sat down at my table to eat a piece of sweet cake for my breakfast, above twenty wasps, allured by the smell, came flying into the room, humming louder than the drones of as many bagpipes. Some of them seized my cake, and carried it piecemeal away; others flew about my head and face, confounding me with the noise, and putting me in the utmost terror of their stings.

cages - Käfige; Käfig

sashes - Schärpen; Schieberahmen, Schärpe

sweet - Süßigkeit, Bonbon

wasps - Wespen; die Wespe

allured - gelockt; verlocken

drones - Drohnen; dröhnen, brummen, eintönig reden, herleiern; Drohne

bagpipes - Dudelsack

piecemeal - stückweise

confounding - verwechseln; verwirren, verschlimmern, verschlechtern, besiegen

stings - sticht; Stachel, brennender Schmerz, Stich; schmerzlich treffen

However, I had the courage to rise and draw my hanger, and attack them in the air. I dispatched four of them, but the rest got away, and I presently shut my window. These insects were as large as partridges: I took out their stings, found them an inch and a half long, and as sharp as needles. I carefully preserved them all; and having since shown them, with some other curiosities, in several parts of Europe, upon my return to England I gave three of them to Gresham College, and kept the fourth for myself.

got away - davongekommen

Partridges - Rebhühner; Rebhuhn


The country described. A proposal for correcting modern maps. The king's palace; and some account of the metropolis. The author's way of travelling. The chief temple described.

I now intend to give the reader a short description of this country, as far as I travelled in it, which was not above two thousand miles round Lorbrulgrud, the metropolis. For the queen, whom I always attended, never went farther when she accompanied the king in his progresses, and there staid till his majesty returned from viewing his frontiers.

accompanied - begleitet; begleiten, begleiten, begleiten, begleiten, geleiten

progresses - fortschreitet; fortschreiten, Fortschritte machen

frontiers - Grenzen; Grenze, Landesgrenze, Staatsgrenze

The whole extent of this prince's dominions reaches about six thousand miles in length, and from three to five in breadth: whence I cannot but conclude, that our geographers of Europe are in a great error, by supposing nothing but sea between Japan and California; for it was ever my opinion, that there must be a balance of earth to counterpoise the great continent of Tartary; and therefore they ought to correct their maps and charts, by joining this vast tract of land to the north-west parts of America, wherein I shall be ready to lend them my assistance.

Reaches - Erreicht; erzielen, greifen (nach), sich erstrecken; eintreffen

Geographers - Geographen; Geograf, Geografin, Geograph, Geographin

error - Fehler; Irrtum; aussteigen; fehlschlagen, misslingen

California - Kalifornien

counterpoise - Gegengewicht

tract - Traktat; Gebiet, Teil

The kingdom is a peninsula, terminated to the north-east by a ridge of mountains thirty miles high, which are altogether impassable, by reason of the volcanoes upon the tops: neither do the most learned know what sort of mortals inhabit beyond those mountains, or whether they be inhabited at all. On the three other sides, it is bounded by the ocean. There is not one seaport in the whole kingdom: and those parts of the coasts into which the rivers issue, are so full of pointed rocks, and the sea generally so rough, that there is no venturing with the smallest of their boats; so that these people are wholly excluded from any commerce with the rest of the world. But the large rivers are full of vessels, and abound with excellent fish; for they seldom get any from the sea, because the sea fish are of the same size with those in Europe, and consequently not worth catching; whereby it is manifest, that nature, in the production of plants and animals of so extraordinary a bulk, is wholly confined to this continent, of which I leave the reasons to be determined by philosophers.

Peninsula - Halbinsel

terminated - abgebrochen; abbrechen, terminieren, entlassen

impassable - unpassierbar

volcanoes - Vulkane; Vulkan, qoetic

inhabit - bewohnen

bounded - begrenzt; Sprung

seaport - Seehafen, Hafenstadt

coasts - Küsten; Küste

venturing - (venture) wagen, herauswagen; (venture); Wagnis

excluded - ausgeschlossen; ausschließen

abound - in

worth - wert

catching - nehmend, fangend

production - Produktion, Herstellung, Inszenierung

confined - eingesperrt; beschränken, Begrenzung

be determined - entschlossen sein, gewillt sein

However, now and then they take a whale that happens to be dashed against the rocks, which the common people feed on heartily. These whales I have known so large, that a man could hardly carry one upon his shoulders; and sometimes, for curiosity, they are brought in hampers to Lorbrulgrud; I saw one of them in a dish at the king's table, which passed for a rarity, but I did not observe he was fond of it; for I think, indeed, the bigness disgusted him, although I have seen one somewhat larger in Greenland.

dashed - gestrichelt; Bindestrich, Gedankenstrich, Querstrich, Strich

Whales - Wale; (whale) Wale

hampers - Warenkörbe; stören, behindern, hemmen, hindern; Geschenkkorb

rarity - Seltenheit, Rarität

Greenland - Grönland

The country is well inhabited, for it contains fifty-one cities, near a hundred walled towns, and a great number of villages. To satisfy my curious reader, it may be sufficient to describe Lorbrulgrud. This city stands upon almost two equal parts, on each side the river that passes through. It contains above eighty thousand houses, and about six hundred thousand inhabitants.

contains - enthält; enthalten

satisfy - befriedigen, zufriedenstellen

passes - Pässe; (to pass) durchgehen, passieren, durchlaufen

It is in length three glomglungs (which make about fifty-four English miles,) and two and a half in breadth; as I measured it myself in the royal map made by the king's order, which was laid on the ground on purpose for me, and extended a hundred feet: I paced the diameter and circumference several times barefoot, and, computing by the scale, measured it pretty exactly.

glomglungs - Glühbirnen

laid on - aufgestrichen

paced - schrittweise; Tempo, Stufe, Schritt

barefoot - barfuß

computing - Computern; EDV; (compute); berechnen, errechnen

scale - Maßstab; Skala, Kesselsteine, Schuppe; ersteigen, erklettern

The king's palace is no regular edifice, but a heap of buildings, about seven miles round: the chief rooms are generally two hundred and forty feet high, and broad and long in proportion. A coach was allowed to Glumdalclitch and me, wherein her governess frequently took her out to see the town, or go among the shops; and I was always of the party, carried in my box; although the girl, at my own desire, would often take me out, and hold me in her hand, that I might more conveniently view the houses and the people, as we passed along the streets. I reckoned our coach to be about a square of Westminster-hall, but not altogether so high: however, I cannot be very exact. One day the governess ordered our coachman to stop at several shops, where the beggars, watching their opportunity, crowded to the sides of the coach, and gave me the most horrible spectacle that ever a European eye beheld.

hall - Flur, Korridor, Diele, Halle, Saal

coachman - Kutscher

beggars - Bettler, Bettlerin

most horrible - abscheulichste

There was a woman with a cancer in her breast, swelled to a monstrous size, full of holes, in two or three of which I could have easily crept, and covered my whole body. There was a fellow with a wen in his neck, larger than five wool-packs; and another, with a couple of wooden legs, each about twenty feet high. But the most hateful sight of all, was the lice crawling on their clothes. I could see distinctly the limbs of these vermin with my naked eye, much better than those of a European louse through a microscope, and their snouts with which they rooted like swine. They were the first I had ever beheld, and I should have been curious enough to dissect one of them, if I had had proper instruments, which I unluckily left behind me in the ship, although, indeed, the sight was so nauseous, that it perfectly turned my stomach.

Cancer - Krebs

swelled - angeschwollen; Schwellen

Wool - Wolle

packs - Pakete; packen, einpacken; packen (verstauen); Bündel, Meute

couple - Paar; einige, ein paar

lice - Läuse

crawling - (crawl) krabbeln, kriechen; (crawl) (crawl) krabbeln, kriechen

vermin - Ungeziefer, Schädlinge, Gewürm, Gesindel, Pack

louse - eine Laus; Laus; Dreckskerl, Dreckkerl, Lumpenhund, Lumpenkerl

microscope - Mikroskop; mikroskopieren

snouts - Schnauzen; Schnauze, Hundeschnauze, Rüssel, Schweinerüssel

swine - ein Schwein; Schwein

dissect - sezieren; zerlegen, analysieren

unluckily - unglücklicherweise, unglücklich

Besides the large box in which I was usually carried, the queen ordered a smaller one to be made for me, of about twelve feet square, and ten high, for the convenience of travelling; because the other was somewhat too large for Glumdalclitch's lap, and cumbersome in the coach; it was made by the same artist, whom I directed in the whole contrivance. This travelling-closet was an exact square, with a window in the middle of three of the squares, and each window was latticed with iron wire on the outside, to prevent accidents in long journeys. On the fourth side, which had no window, two strong staples were fixed, through which the person that carried me, when I had a mind to be on horseback, put a leathern belt, and buckled it about his waist. This was always the office of some grave trusty servant, in whom I could confide, whether I attended the king and queen in their progresses, or were disposed to see the gardens, or pay a visit to some great lady or Minister of State in the court, when Glumdalclitch happened to be out of order; for I soon began to be known and esteemed among the greatest officers, I suppose more upon account of their majesties'favour, than any merit of my own.

closet - Kleiderschrank; Schrank, Wandschrank, Kammer, Abstellkammer

squares - Quadrate; Quadrat

latticed - vergittert; Gitterzaun, Gitterwerk

wire - Draht, Ader, Wanze, Geld

staples - Heftklammern; Heftklammer

horseback - Pferderücken; zu Pferde

buckled - geschnallt; zuschnallen; Delle, Schnalle, Spange

confide - anvertrauen; vertrauen; einweihen, ins Vertrauen ziehen

pay a visit - einen Besuch abstatten

Minister of State - Staatsminister ;Bundesrat, Bundesrätin {m,f}

In journeys, when I was weary of the coach, a servant on horseback would buckle on my box, and place it upon a cushion before him; and there I had a full prospect of the country on three sides, from my three windows. I had, in this closet, a field-bed and a hammock, hung from the ceiling, two chairs and a table, neatly screwed to the floor, to prevent being tossed about by the agitation of the horse or the coach. And having been long used to sea-voyages, those motions, although sometimes very violent, did not much discompose me.

buckle on - anschnallen, umschnallen

cushion - Kissen; Puffer, Polster, Bande, polstern, abdämpfen, abfedern

hammock - Hängematte; Bauminsel

neatly - sauber, ordentlich, geschickt

screwed - verarscht; Schraube, Schraube, Schraube, Schiffsschraube

tossed - geworfen; Wurf, Münzwurf, werfen, werfen, verwerfen, wegwerfen

I was very desirous to see the chief temple, and particularly the tower belonging to it, which is reckoned the highest in the kingdom. Accordingly one day my nurse carried me thither, but I may truly say I came back disappointed; for the height is not above three thousand feet, reckoning from the ground to the highest pinnacle top; which, allowing for the difference between the size of those people and us in Europe, is no great matter for admiration, nor at all equal in proportion (if I rightly remember) to Salisbury steeple. But, not to detract from a nation, to which, during my life, I shall acknowledge myself extremely obliged, it must be allowed, that whatever this famous tower wants in height, is amply made up in beauty and strength: for the walls are near a hundred feet thick, built of hewn stone, whereof each is about forty feet square, and adorned on all sides with statues of gods and emperors, cut in marble, larger than the life, placed in their several niches.

belonging to it - dazugehörend

disappointed - enttäuscht; enttäuschen, vorenthalten, berauben

reckoning - Rechenschaft ablegen; Abrechnung; (reckon) Rechenschaft ablegen; Abrechnung

pinnacle - Gipfel; Felsnadel, Felsturm, Höhepunkt, Pinakel, Fiale

rightly - zurecht, zu Recht, richtig

detract - ablenken; entziehen

acknowledge - zur Kenntnis nehmen, erkennen, bekennen, anerkennen

statues - Statuen; Statue, Standbild

gods - Götter; Gott

marble - Marmor; Murmel; marmorieren

niches - Nischen; Nische, Mauernische, Wandnische, Mauerrücksprung

I measured a little finger which had fallen down from one of these statues, and lay unperceived among some rubbish, and found it exactly four feet and an inch in length. Glumdalclitch wrapped it up in her handkerchief, and carried it home in her pocket, to keep among other trinkets, of which the girl was very fond, as children at her age usually are.

fallen down - niedergefallene

rubbish - Quatsch, Blödsinn, Unsinn, Mist, Müll

wrapped - eingewickelt; einhüllen, einwickeln, wickeln, einpacken, hüllen

trinkets - Schmuckstücke; Schmuck, Schmuckstück

The king's kitchen is indeed a noble building, vaulted at top, and about six hundred feet high. The great oven is not so wide, by ten paces, as the cupola at St. Paul's: for I measured the latter on purpose, after my return. But if I should describe the kitchen grate, the prodigious pots and kettles, the joints of meat turning on the spits, with many other particulars, perhaps I should be hardly believed; at least a severe critic would be apt to think I enlarged a little, as travellers are often suspected to do.

vaulted - gewölbt; sich wölben, überwölben

oven - Ofen

cupola - Kuppel

Paul - Paulus, Paul

grate - Gitter, Feuerrost, Rost; (Käse) reiben, rastern, vergittern

pots - Töpfe; Blumentopf

kettles - Wasserkocher, Kessel

joints - Gelenke; gemeinschaftlich, gemeinsam, gemeinsame, gemeinsamer

turning on - andrehend

spits - spuckt; speien, brutzeln, knistern (Feuer), spucken; Bratspieß

severe - schwerwiegend; streng

critic - Kritiker, Kritikerin, Gegner

suspected - verdächtigt; vermuten, misstrauen, verdächtigen

To avoid which censure I fear I have run too much into the other extreme; and that if this treatise should happen to be translated into the language of Brobdingnag (which is the general name of that kingdom,) and transmitted thither, the king and his people would have reason to complain that I had done them an injury, by a false and diminutive representation.

transmitted - übermitteln, senden (1), de

injury - Verletzung, Wunde, Verwundung

representation - Vertretung; Repräsentation, Abzeichen, Darstellung

His majesty seldom keeps above six hundred horses in his stables: they are generally from fifty-four to sixty feet high. But, when he goes abroad on solemn days, he is attended, for state, by a military guard of five hundred horse, which, indeed, I thought was the most splendid sight that could be ever beheld, till I saw part of his army in battalia, whereof I shall find another occasion to speak.

stables - Ställe; Rennstall (Pferdesport); dauerhaft, beständig, Stall

abroad - Ausland

splendid - glänzend; prächtig; hervorragend


Several adventurers that happened to the author. The execution of a criminal. The author shows his skill in navigation.

adventurers - Abenteurer, Abenteurerin, Thronbewerber, Thronbewerberin

I should have lived happy enough in that country, if my littleness had not exposed me to several ridiculous and troublesome accidents; some of which I shall venture to relate. Glumdalclitch often carried me into the gardens of the court in my smaller box, and would sometimes take me out of it, and hold me in her hand, or set me down to walk.

troublesome - lästig

I remember, before the dwarf left the queen, he followed us one day into those gardens, and my nurse having set me down, he and I being close together, near some dwarf apple trees, I must needs show my wit, by a silly allusion between him and the trees, which happens to hold in their language as it does in ours. Whereupon, the malicious rogue, watching his opportunity, when I was walking under one of them, shook it directly over my head, by which a dozen apples, each of them near as large as a Bristol barrel, came tumbling about my ears; one of them hit me on the back as I chanced to stoop, and knocked me down flat on my face; but I received no other hurt, and the dwarf was pardoned at my desire, because I had given the provocation.

apple trees - Apfelbäume

silly - doof, dumm, albern, Dummerchen

allusion - Anspielung, Allusion

tumbling - purzeln; einstürzen, hinabstürzen; (tumble); Sturz, Fall

hit - getroffen; schlagen

chanced - riskieren, zufällig geschehen; Chance, Zufall, Gelegenheit

stoop - Buckel, sich beugen

Another day, Glumdalclitch left me on a smooth grass-plot to divert myself, while she walked at some distance with her governess. In the meantime, there suddenly fell such a violent shower of hail, that I was immediately by the force of it, struck to the ground: and when I was down, the hailstones gave me such cruel bangs all over the body, as if I had been pelted with tennis-balls; however, I made a shift to creep on all fours, and shelter myself, by lying flat on my face, on the lee-side of a border of lemon-thyme, but so bruised from head to foot, that I could not go abroad in ten days.

plot - Handlung, Plot, Ausdruck, Komplott, planen, ausarbeiten

hail - jdm. zujubeln;(Hail to thee!) Wohl dir!, Sei gegrüßt!

hailstones - Hagelkörner; Hagelkorn

bangs - Pony; Schlag, Knall; knallen (derb koitieren), schlagen

pelted - geplättet; Fell (ungegerbt); bombardieren (ugs. bewerfen)

tennis-balls - (tennis-balls) Tennisbälle

shelter - Unterkunft; Zuflucht, Obdach, Zufluchtsort, Schutzraum

border - Grenze; Rand; Beet, Streifen, begrenzen, angrenzen, säumen

lemon - Zitrone; Zitronenbaum, Gurke, Krücke, Zitronengelb

thyme - Thymian

bruised - geprellt; Prellung, Bluterguss, blauer Fleck, Druckstelle

go abroad - ins Ausland gehen

Neither is this at all to be wondered at, because nature, in that country, observing the same proportion through all her operations, a hailstone is near eighteen hundred times as large as one in Europe; which I can assert upon experience, having been so curious as to weigh and measure them.

operations - Operationen; Betrieb, Betrieb, Operation, Operation, Operation

hailstone - Hagelkörner; Hagelkorn

assert - behaupten; versichern, zusichern, beteuern

weigh - wiegen, wägen, abwiegen, auswiegen, abwägen, erwägen, lasten

But a more dangerous accident happened to me in the same garden, when my little nurse, believing she had put me in a secure place (which I often entreated her to do, that I might enjoy my own thoughts,) and having left my box at home, to avoid the trouble of carrying it, went to another part of the garden with her governess and some ladies of her acquaintance. While she was absent, and out of hearing, a small white spaniel that belonged to one of the chief gardeners, having got by accident into the garden, happened to range near the place where I lay: the dog, following the scent, came directly up, and taking me in his mouth, ran straight to his master wagging his tail, and set me gently on the ground. By good fortune he had been so well taught, that I was carried between his teeth without the least hurt, or even tearing my clothes.

more dangerous - gefährlichere

secure - sicher, geschützt, beschützt, zuverlässig

absent - (absent-minded) abwesend, geistesabwesend, unaufmerksam

spaniel - Spaniel

gardeners - Gärtner, Gärtnerin

by accident - zufällig, zufälligerweise, durch Zufall

range - Reichweite; Gebirgskette, Gebirge, Gebirgszug, Herd, Spanne

scent - Geruch, Duft, Parfüm, Parfum, Fährte, Geruch (1, 3)

wagging - schwänzelnd; wedeln, schwänzen, Wedeln

tearing - zerreißen, ich/er/sie/es riss, riß

But the poor gardener, who knew me well, and had a great kindness for me, was in a terrible fright: he gently took me up in both his hands, and asked me how I did? but I was so amazed and out of breath, that I could not speak a word. In a few minutes I came to myself, and he carried me safe to my little nurse, who, by this time, had returned to the place where she left me, and was in cruel agonies when I did not appear, nor answer when she called. She severely reprimanded the gardener on account of his dog. But the thing was hushed up, and never known at court, for the girl was afraid of the queen's anger; and truly, as to myself, I thought it would not be for my reputation, that such a story should go about.

gardener - Gärtner, Gärtnerin

agonies - Qualen; Agonie, Qual, Pein, Qual, Todeskampf, Freudenausbruch

severely - ernsthaft

reprimanded - gemaßregelt; Zurechtweisung, Maßregelung, Rüffel, Verweis, Rüge

hushed up - vertuschte

This accident absolutely determined Glumdalclitch never to trust me abroad for the future out of her sight. I had been long afraid of this resolution, and therefore concealed from her some little unlucky adventures, that happened in those times when I was left by myself. Once a kite, hovering over the garden, made a stoop at me, and if I had not resolutely drawn my hanger, and run under a thick espalier, he would have certainly carried me away in his talons.

absolutely - absolut, durchaus, total, unbedingt

concealed - versteckt; verbergen, verheimlichen, verschleiern, verschweigen

kite - flitzen; Drachen, Milan

hovering - schwebend; rütteln, verweilen, zögern, bewegen

espalier - Spalier stehen; Spalier

Another time, walking to the top of a fresh mole-hill, I fell to my neck in the hole, through which that animal had cast up the earth, and coined some lie, not worth remembering, to excuse myself for spoiling my clothes. I likewise broke my right shin against the shell of a snail, which I happened to stumble over, as I was walking alone and thinking on poor England.

mole - Spion; Leberfleck, Maulwurf, Mol

coined - gemünzt; Münze, Geldstück

spoiling - plündern, ruinieren, verderben, kaputtmachen, verwöhnen

shin - Schienbein; hinaufklettern

shell - Muschel; Schale, Eierschale, Hülse, Granate, Hülle, Shell

snail - Schnecke

I cannot tell whether I were more pleased or mortified to observe, in those solitary walks, that the smaller birds did not appear to be at all afraid of me, but would hop about within a yard's distance, looking for worms and other food, with as much indifference and security as if no creature at all were near them. I remember, a thrush had the confidence to snatch out of my hand, with his bill, a of cake that Glumdalclitch had just given me for my breakfast. When I attempted to catch any of these birds, they would boldly turn against me, endeavouring to peck my fingers, which I durst not venture within their reach; and then they would hop back unconcerned, to hunt for worms or snails, as they did before. But one day, I took a thick cudgel, and threw it with all my strength so luckily, at a linnet, that I knocked him down, and seizing him by the neck with both my hands, ran with him in triumph to my nurse. However, the bird, who had only been stunned, recovering himself gave me so many boxes with his wings, on both sides of my head and body, though I held him at arm's-length, and was out of the reach of his claws, that I was twenty times thinking to let him go.

more pleased - zufriedenere

solitary - einsam, einzeln

hop - tanzen (hüpfen); schwoofen (ugs. tanzen)

worms - Wurm, elender Wurm

indifference - Gleichgültigkeit

Thrush - Drossel (Vogel)

snatch - schnappen; klauen, stehlen, Reißen

peck - Knirps; picken; Küsschen (flüchtig); flüchtiger Kuss

unconcerned - unbesorgt; Unbekümmertheit, Sorglosigkeit

hunt - jagen; suchen; Jagd

Cudgel - Knüppel

luckily - glücklicherweise, auf glückliche Weise, mit Glück, zum Glück

linnet - Hänfling

triumph - Sieg, Erfolg

stunned - fassungslos; betäuben, verblüffen

recovering - wiederfinden, sich erholen, beikommen

claws - Krallen; zerkratzen; Kralle, Fang (Vogelkralle), Klaue

But I was soon relieved by one of our servants, who wrung off the bird's neck, and I had him next day for dinner, by the queen's command. This linnet, as near as I can remember, seemed to be somewhat larger than an English swan.

wrung - gewrungen; abbringen, erzwingen

swan - Schwan

The maids of honour often invited Glumdalclitch to their apartments, and desired she would bring me along with her, on purpose to have the pleasure of seeing and touching me. They would often strip me naked from top to toe, and lay me at full length in their bosoms; wherewith I was much disgusted because, to say the truth, a very offensive smell came from their skins; which I do not mention, or intend, to the disadvantage of those excellent ladies, for whom I have all manner of respect; but I conceive that my sense was more acute in proportion to my littleness, and that those illustrious persons were no more disagreeable to their lovers, or to each other, than people of the same quality are with us in England.

maids - Dienstmädchen; Mädchen

touching - (to touch) anfassen, streifen, berühren; (touch); anfassen

toe - Zeh, Zehe, Spur, Vorspur (5)

bosoms - Busen, Busen, Brust, der Busenfreund

the disadvantage of - zuungunsten [alt], zu Ungunsten

lovers - Geliebte, Liebhaber, Liebhaberin

And, after all, I found their natural smell was much more supportable, than when they used perfumes, under which I immediately swooned away. I cannot forget, that an intimate friend of mine in Lilliput, took the freedom in a warm day, when I had used a good deal of exercise, to complain of a strong smell about me, although I am as little faulty that way, as most of my sex: but I suppose his faculty of smelling was as nice with regard to me, as mine was to that of this people. Upon this point, I cannot forbear doing justice to the queen my mistress, and Glumdalclitch my nurse, whose persons were as sweet as those of any lady in England.

supportable - unterstützbar

perfumes - Parfums; Duft, Parfüm

swooned - in Ohnmacht gefallen; Ohnmacht, schwinden

faulty - fehlerhaft

That which gave me most uneasiness among these maids of honour (when my nurse carried me to visit then) was, to see them use me without any manner of ceremony, like a creature who had no sort of consequence: for they would strip themselves to the skin, and put on their smocks in my presence, while I was placed on their toilet, directly before their naked bodies, which I am sure to me was very far from being a tempting sight, or from giving me any other emotions than those of horror and disgust: their skins appeared so coarse and uneven, so variously coloured, when I saw them near, with a mole here and there as broad as a trencher, and hairs hanging from it thicker than packthreads, to say nothing farther concerning the rest of their persons. Neither did they at all scruple, while I was by, to discharge what they had drank, to the quantity of at least two hogsheads, in a vessel that held above three tuns.

smocks - Kittel

tempting - verführerisch, verlockend

emotions - Emotionen; Gefühl

disgust - Abscheu; ekeln; Ekel

uneven - ungleichmäßig; uneben

variously - vielfältig

packthreads - Bindfaden, Packzwirn

scruple - Skrupel

tuns - Tonne (altes Hohlmaß); Fass

The handsomest among these maids of honour, a pleasant, frolicsome girl of sixteen, would sometimes set me astride upon one of her nipples, with many other tricks, wherein the reader will excuse me for not being over particular. But I was so much displeased, that I entreated Glumdalclitch to contrive some excuse for not seeing that young lady any more.

handsomest - schönste; hübsch, stattlich, gutaussehend, ansehnlich, schmuck

frolicsome - vergnügt

astride - rittlings

nipples - Brustwarzen; Nippel, Brustwarze, Nippel, Stutzen

One day, a young gentleman, who was nephew to my nurse's governess, came and pressed them both to see an execution. It was of a man, who had murdered one of that gentleman's intimate acquaintance. Glumdalclitch was prevailed on to be of the company, very much against her inclination, for she was naturally tender-hearted: and, as for myself, although I abhorred such kind of spectacles, yet my curiosity tempted me to see something that I thought must be extraordinary.

nephew - Neffe

murdered - ermordet; Mord, Mord, Mord, mörderisch, ermorden, massakrieren

hearted - herzlichen; Herz, Herzstück

abhorred - verabscheut; verabscheuen

The malefactor was fixed in a chair upon a scaffold erected for that purpose, and his head cut off at one blow, with a sword of about forty feet long. The veins and arteries spouted up such a prodigious quantity of blood, and so high in the air, that the great jet d'eau at Versailles was not equal to it for the time it lasted: and the head, when it fell on the scaffold floor, gave such a bounce as made me start, although I was at least half an English mile distant.

malefactor - Übeltäter, Übeltäterin, Malefaktor

scaffold - Gerüst, Baugerüst, Schafott, einrüsten

veins - Venen; Vene, Ader, Geäder

arteries - Arterien; Arterie, Schlagader

spouted - gespuckt; Tülle, Ausguss, Schnabel, Auslauf, Schnaupe, Schnauze

jet - Düsenflugzeug, Strahl, Düse; ausstoßen

eau - Wasser

lasted - gedauert; letzte, zuletzt, letzter, vorig; dauern, andauern

bounce - abprallen; hüpfen, auf und ab hüpfen, platzen, Bounce

The queen, who often used to hear me talk of my sea-voyages, and took all occasions to divert me when I was melancholy, asked me whether I understood how to handle a sail or an oar, and whether a little exercise of rowing might not be convenient for my health? I answered, that I understood both very well: for although my proper employment had been to be surgeon or doctor to the ship, yet often, upon a pinch, I was forced to work like a common mariner. But I could not see how this could be done in their country, where the smallest wherry was equal to a first-rate man of war among us; and such a boat as I could manage would never live in any of their rivers. Her majesty said, if I would contrive a boat, her own joiner should make it, and she would provide a place for me to sail in. The fellow was an ingenious workman, and by my instructions, in ten days, finished a pleasure-boat with all its tackling, able conveniently to hold eight Europeans. When it was finished, the queen was so delighted, that she ran with it in her lap to the king, who ordered it to be put into a cistern full of water, with me in it, by way of trial, where I could not manage my two sculls, or little oars, for want of room.

often used - oft benutzt

oar - Ruder

employment - Anstellung; Beschäftigung, Erwerbstätigkeit, Arbeit, Gebrauch

pinch - kneifen, zwicken, schnappen, erwischen, Messerspitze, Prise

mariner - Seemann; Schiffer; (marine); See

wherry - Jolle

first-rate - (first-rate) erstklassige

joiner - Tischler, Schreiner

cistern - Zisterne; Spülkasten

by way of trial - probeweise, versuchsweise

sculls - Skulls; wriggeln, rudern, wricken

But the queen had before contrived another project. She ordered the joiner to make a wooden trough of three hundred feet long, fifty broad, and eight deep; which, being well pitched, to prevent leaking, was placed on the floor, along the wall, in an outer room of the palace. It had a cock near the bottom to let out the water, when it began to grow stale; and two servants could easily fill it in half an hour. Here I often used to row for my own diversion, as well as that of the queen and her ladies, who thought themselves well entertained with my skill and agility. Sometimes I would put up my sail, and then my business was only to steer, while the ladies gave me a gale with their fans; and, when they were weary, some of their pages would blow my sail forward with their breath, while I showed my art by steering starboard or larboard as I pleased. When I had done, Glumdalclitch always carried back my boat into her closet, and hung it on a nail to dry.

trough - Trog, Futtertrog, Mulde, Graben, Rinne, Dachrinne, Wellental

pitched - gepitcht; werfen, festsetzen, errichten; Tonhöhe, Tonlage, Pech

leaking - undicht

cock - Vogelmännchen; Gockel, Hahn; erigierter Penis (vulg.), Pimmel

let out - durchgelassen;ausleben, herauslassen

Row - Rudern; Reihe, Zeile

stale - fad, abgestanden, altbacken

entertained - unterhalten

steer - steuern, führen, lenken; junger Ochse, Rind

fans - wedeln (Seitenruder); Fächer, Lüfter, Gebläse, Liebhaber

larboard - Backbord, backbord

Another time, one of the servants, whose office it was to fill my trough every third day with fresh water, was so careless as to let a huge frog (not perceiving it) slip out of his pail. The frog lay concealed till I was put into my boat, but then, seeing a resting-place, climbed up, and made it lean so much on one side, that I was forced to balance it with all my weight on the other, to prevent overturning. When the frog was got in, it hopped at once half the length of the boat, and then over my head, backward and forward, daubing my face and clothes with its odious slime.

careless - unvorsichtig, unbedacht, unachtsam, leichtsinnig

frog - Frosch

pail - Eimer

resting-place - (resting-place) Rastplatz

lean - knapp, schlank, hager, mager

overturning - Umkippen; überschlagen

hopped - gehüpft; tanzen (hüpfen); schwoofen (ugs. tanzen)

daubing - beschmieren; verschmierend, schmierend; (daub); Lehmbewurf

slime - Schleim

The largeness of its features made it appear the most deformed animal that can be conceived. However, I desired Glumdalclitch to let me deal with it alone. I banged it a good while with one of my sculls, and at last forced it to leap out of the boat.

banged - geknallt; Schlag, Knall; knallen (derb koitieren), schlagen

But the greatest danger I ever underwent in that kingdom, was from a monkey, who belonged to one of the clerks of the kitchen. Glumdalclitch had locked me up in her closet, while she went somewhere upon business, or a visit. The weather being very warm, the closet-window was left open, as well as the windows and the door of my bigger box, in which I usually lived, because of its largeness and conveniency. As I sat quietly meditating at my table, I heard something bounce in at the closet-window, and skip about from one side to the other: whereat, although I was much alarmed, yet I ventured to look out, but not stirring from my seat; and then I saw this frolicsome animal frisking and leaping up and down, till at last he came to my box, which he seemed to view with great pleasure and curiosity, peeping in at the door and every window. I retreated to the farther corner of my room; or box; but the monkey looking in at every side, put me in such a fright, that I wanted presence of mind to conceal myself under the bed, as I might easily have done. After some time spent in peeping, grinning, and chattering, he at last espied me; and reaching one of his paws in at the door, as a cat does when she plays with a mouse, although I often shifted place to avoid him, he at length seized the lappet of my coat (which being made of that country silk, was very thick and strong), and dragged me out. He took me up in his right fore-foot and held me as a nurse does a child she is going to suckle, just as I have seen the same sort of creature do with a kitten in Europe; and when I offered to struggle he squeezed me so hard, that I thought it more prudent to submit.

monkey - Affe, Äffin

clerks - Büroangestellte, Angestellte, Buchhalter, Bürokaufmann

somewhere - irgendwo; irgendwohin

conveniency - Bequemlichkeit

quietly - ruhig, leise

meditating - meditieren

skip - überspringen, hüpfen, springen; Sprung

stirring - rührend; ergreifend, bewegend

frisking - Durchsuchung; hüpfend; (frisk); scherzen; filzen

peeping - spähen; (peep hole) Schauloch; (to peep through) durchgucken

retreated - zurückgezogen; Rückzug

looking in - hereinschauend

grinning - (to grin) grinsen, strahlen

chattering - Geplapper; plappernd

shifted - verlagert; Schicht, Verschiebung, Verlagerung, Verstellung

suckle - stillen; säugen

kitten - Kätzchen, Kätzlein, Katzenbaby

more prudent - besonnenere

I have good reason to believe, that he took me for a young one of his own species, by his often stroking my face very gently with his other paw. In these diversions he was interrupted by a noise at the closet door, as if somebody were opening it: whereupon he suddenly leaped up to the window at which he had come in, and thence upon the leads and gutters, walking upon three legs, and holding me in the fourth, till he clambered up to a roof that was next to ours. I heard Glumdalclitch give a shriek at the moment he was carrying me out. The poor girl was almost distracted: that quarter of the palace was all in an uproar; the servants ran for ladders; the monkey was seen by hundreds in the court, sitting upon the ridge of a building, holding me like a baby in one of his forepaws, and feeding me with the other, by cramming into my mouth some victuals he had squeezed out of the bag on one side of his chaps, and patting me when I would not eat; whereat many of the rabble below could not forbear laughing; neither do I think they justly ought to be blamed, for, without question, the sight was ridiculous enough to every body but myself. Some of the people threw up stones, hoping to drive the monkey down; but this was strictly forbidden, or else, very probably, my brains had been dashed out.

paw - Tatze, Pfote, Pranke

interrupted - unterbrochen; unterbrechen

leads - führt; führen, anführen

gutters - Dachrinnen; Regenrinne, Rinnstein, Gosse

clambered - erklommen; klettern, erklimmen, kraxeln, herumturnen

shriek - schreien; Kreischen

distracted - Abgelenkt; ablenken

uproar - Aufruhr

cramming - stopfen, vollpacken, mästen, vollstopfen, büffeln, pauken

squeezed out - ausgequetscht

chaps - Bursche, Riss (in der Haut)

patting - tätscheln; Pat

blamed - beschuldigt; jemadem die Schuld zuweisen

The ladders were now applied, and mounted by several men; which the monkey observing, and finding himself almost encompassed, not being able to make speed enough with his three legs, let me drop on a ridge tile, and made his escape.

Speed - Geschwindigkeit; Drehzahl, Gang, rasen, Tempo, Eile

tile - Kacheln; Kachel, Fliese; Dachziegel

Here I sat for some time, five hundred yards from the ground, expecting every moment to be blown down by the wind, or to fall by my own giddiness, and come tumbling over and over from the ridge to the eaves; but an honest lad, one of my nurse's footmen, climbed up, and putting me into his breeches pocket, brought me down safe.

blown down - (blow down) abblasen

giddiness - Schwindelgefühle; Schwindel, Leichtsinn

footmen - Lakaien; Lakai

I was almost choked with the filthy stuff the monkey had crammed down my throat: but my dear little nurse picked it out of my mouth with a small needle, and then I fell a-vomiting, which gave me great relief. Yet I was so weak and bruised in the sides with the squeezes given me by this odious animal, that I was forced to keep my bed a fortnight.

choked - gewürgt; erwürgen, erdrosseln, ersticken, überwältigen

filthy - dreckig, verdreckt, versifft, schmutzig, widerlich

stuff - Sachen, Kram, Zeug, Ding, Stoff, Material

crammed - vollgestopft; stopfen, vollpacken, mästen, vollstopfen, büffeln

throat - Kehle, Rachen, Hals, Flaschenhals

picked - ausgewählt; Hacke, Pickel, Spitzhacke, Dietrich, pflücken

vomiting - (vomit) erbrechen, kotzen (sl.); (vomit); übergeben

squeezes - drückt; drücken, klemmen, pressen, quetschen, quetschen

The king, queen, and all the court, sent every day to inquire after my health; and her majesty made me several visits during my sickness. The monkey was killed, and an order made, that no such animal should be kept about the palace.

inquire after - sich erkundigen nach

sickness - Krankheit; Übelkeit

killed - getötet; vernichten, totmachen, löschen, zerstören, töten

When I attended the king after my recovery, to return him thanks for his favours, he was pleased to rally me a good deal upon this adventure. He asked me, "what my thoughts and speculations were, while I lay in the monkey's paw; how I liked the victuals he gave me; his manner of feeding; and whether the fresh air on the roof had sharpened my stomach." He desired to know, "what I would have done upon such an occasion in my own country." I told his majesty, "that in Europe we had no monkeys, except such as were brought for curiosity from other places, and so small, that I could deal with a dozen of them together, if they presumed to attack me. And as for that monstrous animal with whom I was so lately engaged (it was indeed as large as an elephant), if my fears had suffered me to think so far as to make use of my hanger," (looking fiercely, and clapping my hand on the hilt, as I spoke) "when he poked his paw into my chamber, perhaps I should have given him such a wound, as would have made him glad to withdraw it with More haste than he put it in.

rally - Zusammenkunft, Rallye; um sich scharen; Sternfahrt; sammeln

speculations - Spekulationen; Spekulation, Betrachtung, Spekulation

sharpened - geschärft; schärfen

monkeys - Affen; Affe, Äffin

presumed - vermutet; annehmen, mutmaßen, vermuten

fiercely - heftig, wütend

clapping - Klatschen; (clap); Klatschen

poked - gestoßen; stoßen, stecken, stöbern

withdraw - zurückziehen; annullieren, entziehen, abziehen, ausscheiden

More haste - Eile mit Weile

This I delivered in a firm tone, like a person who was jealous lest his courage should be called in question. However, my speech produced nothing else beside a laud laughter, which all the respect due to his majesty from those about him could not make them contain. This made me reflect, how vain an attempt it is for a man to endeavour to do himself honour among those who are out of all degree of equality or comparison with him. And yet I have seen the moral of my own behaviour very frequent in England since my return; where a little contemptible varlet, without the least title to birth, person, wit, or common sense, shall presume to look with importance, and put himself upon a foot with the greatest persons of the kingdom.

firm - fest, straff (Busen), Fa. Firma, gesetzt, hart

laud - loben; preisen

attempt - versuchen; Versuch, Bestreben, Bestrebung, Anschlag, Attentat

endeavour - sich nach Kräften bemühen; Bestrebung, Bestreben; Bemühung

equality - Gleichheit; Gleichberechtigung

varlet - Knappe; (arch) Gewölbe, Bogen, Fußrücken

I was every day furnishing the court with some ridiculous story: and Glumdalclitch, although she loved me to excess, yet was arch enough to inform the queen, whenever I committed any folly that she thought would be diverting to her majesty. The girl, who had been out of order, was carried by her governess to take the air about an hour's distance, or thirty miles from town. They alighted out of the coach near a small foot-path in a field, and Glumdalclitch setting down my travelling box, I went out of it to walk. There was a cow-dung in the path, and I must need try my activity by attempting to leap over it.

furnishing - einrichten; Einrichtungsgegenstände

excess - Exzess; Überfluss; Überschuss, Übermaß, Völlerei

been out of order - (be out of order) nicht in Ordnung sein, kaputt sein

cow-dung - (cow-dung) Kuhmist

I took a run, but unfortunately jumped short, and found myself just in the middle up to my knees. I waded through with some difficulty, and one of the footmen wiped me as clean as he could with his handkerchief, for I was filthily bemired; and my nurse confined me to my box, till we returned home; where the queen was soon informed of what had passed, and the footmen spread it about the court: so that all the mirth for some days was at my expense.

jumped - gesprungen; (to jump) springen, hüpfen

wiped - abgewischt; löschen, abstreifen, abwischen, aufreiben, wischen

filthily - schmutzig

returned home - heimgegangen


Several contrivances of the author to please the king and queen. He shows his skill in music. The king inquires into the state of England, which the author relates to him. The king's observations thereon.

contrivances - Erfindungen; Vorrichtung, Maschinerie, Apparat, Behelf

inquires - Erkundigungen; erkundigen

thereon - darauf; daran

I used to attend the king's levee once or twice a week, and had often seen him under the barber's hand, which indeed was at first very terrible to behold; for the razor was almost twice as long as an ordinary scythe. His majesty, according to the custom of the country, was only shaved twice a-week. I once prevailed on the barber to give me some of the suds or lather, out of which I picked forty or fifty of the strongest stumps of hair. I then took a piece of fine wood, and cut it like the back of a comb, making several holes in it at equal distances with as small a needle as I could get from Glumdalclitch.

levee - Morgenempfang, Damm

barber - Friseur; Barbier, Bartschneider, Bartscherer, frisieren

shaved - rasiert; rasieren

suds - Seifenlauge, Schaum; (sud); Seifenlauge, Schaum

lather - schäumen; Schaum, Seifenschaum

wood - Holz

distances - Entfernungen; Distanz, Entfernung, Abstand, Ferne, Weite

I fixed in the stumps so artificially, scraping and sloping them with my knife toward the points, that I made a very tolerable comb; which was a seasonable supply, my own being so much broken in the teeth, that it was almost useless: neither did I know any artist in that country so nice and exact, as would undertake to make me another.

artificially - künstlich

scraping - schabend, kratzend; (scrap) schabend, kratzend

sloping - schräg; Schmutzwasser

toward - zu, in Richtung, nach, auf

seasonable - saisonal

supply - Stellvertretung, Versorgung, Vorrat; liefern

broken in - eingebrochen

useless - nutzlos, unnützlich, wertlos

And this puts me in mind of an amusement, wherein I spent many of my leisure hours. I desired the queen's woman to save for me the combings of her majesty's hair, whereof in time I got a good quantity; and consulting with my friend the cabinet-maker, who had received general orders to do little jobs for me, I directed him to make two chair-frames, no larger than those I had in my box, and to bore little holes with a fine awl, round those parts where I designed the backs and seats; through these holes I wove the strongest hairs I could pick out, just after the manner of cane chairs in England. When they were finished, I made a present of them to her majesty; who kept them in her cabinet, and used to show them for curiosities, as indeed they were the wonder of every one that beheld them.

amusement - Belustigung; Amüsement

save - retten; erretten; sichern, speichern, sparen, aufbewahren (2)

combings - kämmend

awl - Pfriem, Ahle

seats - Sitze; Sitz, Sitzplatz, Sitzgelegenheit, Stuhl, Sitzmöbel

wove - gewebt

pick - wählen; Hacke, Pickel, Spitzhacke, Dietrich, pflücken

The queen would have me sit upon one of these chairs, but I absolutely refused to obey her, protesting I would rather die than place a dishonourable part of my body on those precious hairs, that once adorned her majesty's head. Of these hairs (as I had always a mechanical genius) I likewise made a neat little purse, about five feet long, with her majesty's name deciphered in gold letters, which I gave to Glumdalclitch, by the queen's consent. To say the truth, it was more for show than use, being not of strength to bear the weight of the larger coins, and therefore she kept nothing in it but some little toys that girls are fond of.

refused - abgelehnt; Müll; abweisen, verweigern, abschlagen, ablehnen

protesting - protestieren, demonstrieren, Einspruch erheben, Einwände äußern

dishonourable - unehrenhaft

precious - kostbar, wertvoll, süßlich, kitschig

mechanical - mechanisch

neat - ordentlich, sauber, geschickt, hübsch

deciphered - dechiffriert; dechiffrieren, entschlüsseln, entziffern

The king, who delighted in music, had frequent concerts at court, to which I was sometimes carried, and set in my box on a table to hear them: but the noise was so great that I could hardly distinguish the tunes. I am confident that all the drums and trumpets of a royal army, beating and sounding together just at your ears, could not equal it.

tunes - Melodien; Melodie, stimmen

trumpets - Trompeten; Trompete

My practice was to have my box removed from the place where the performers sat, as far as I could, then to shut the doors and windows of it, and draw the window curtains; after which I found their music not disagreeable.

performers - Darsteller; Interpret, Interpretin

I had learned in my youth to play a little upon the spinet. Glumdalclitch kept one in her chamber, and a master attended twice a-week to teach her: I called it a spinet, because it somewhat resembled that instrument, and was played upon in the same manner. A fancy came into my head, that I would entertain the king and queen with an English tune upon this instrument. But this appeared extremely difficult: for the spinet was near sixty feet long, each key being almost a foot wide, so that with my arms extended I could not reach to above five keys, and to press them down required a good smart stroke with my fist, which would be too great a labour, and to no purpose. The method I contrived was this: I prepared two round sticks, about the bigness of common cudgels; they were thicker at one end than the other, and I covered the thicker ends with pieces of a mouse's skin, that by rapping on them I might neither damage the tops of the keys nor interrupt the sound.

spinet - Spinett

tune - Melodie; stimmen

cudgels - Knüppel

rapping - rappen; pochen, schlagen; Geplapper

Before the spinet a bench was placed, about four feet below the keys, and I was put upon the bench. I ran sideling upon it, that way and this, as fast as I could, banging the proper keys with my two sticks, and made a shift to play a jig, to the great satisfaction of both their majesties; but it was the most violent exercise I ever underwent; and yet I could not strike above sixteen keys, nor consequently play the bass and treble together, as other artists do; which was a great disadvantage to my performance.

Bench - Bank, Sitzbank, Richter

sideling - Ausweichen

banging - Klopfen; Schlag, Knall; knallen (derb koitieren), schlagen

jig - Hilfsmittel, Montagegestell

most violent - gewaltsamste

bass - Bass

treble - verdreifachen; Stäbchen (beim Häkeln), dreifach

disadvantage - Nachteil

The king, who, as I before observed, was a prince of excellent understanding, would frequently order that I should be brought in my box, and set upon the table in his closet: he would then command me to bring one of my chairs out of the box, and sit down within three yards distance upon the top of the cabinet, which brought me almost to a level with his face. In this manner I had several conversations with him. I one day took the freedom to tell his majesty, "that the contempt he discovered towards Europe, and the rest of the world, did not seem answerable to those excellent qualities of mind that he was master of; that reason did not extend itself with the bulk of the body; on the contrary, we observed in our country, that the tallest persons were usually the least provided with it; that among other animals, bees and ants had the reputation of more industry, art, and sagacity, than many of the larger kinds; and that, as inconsiderable as he took me to be, I hoped I might live to do his majesty some signal service.

answerable - verantworten

extend - erweitern; ausdehnen, ausweiten

bees - Bienen; Wettbewerb, Biene

Ants - Ameisen; Ameise

industry - Bestreben; Branche, Wirtschaftszweig, Industrie

sagacity - Klugheit; Weisheit

The king heard me with attention, and began to conceive a much better opinion of me than he had ever before. He desired "I would give him as exact an account of the government of England as I possibly could; because, as fond as princes commonly are of their own customs (for so he conjectured of other monarchs, by my former discourses), he should be glad to hear of any thing that might deserve imitation."

attention - Aufmerksamkeit, Beachtung, Wachsamkeit, Achtung, Habachtstellung

commonly - allgemein; gewöhnlich

Discourses - Diskurse; Diskurs, Diskurs, Abhandlung, Diskurs, Gespräch

be glad - sich freuen

hear of - hören von

imitation - Imitation, Nachahmung, Kopie, Imitat

Imagine with thyself, courteous reader, how often I then wished for the tongue of Demosthenes or Cicero, that might have enabled me to celebrate the praise of my own dear native country in a style equal to its merits and felicity.

thyself - Sie selbst; selbst

courteous - höflich

Cicero - Cicero

celebrate - feiern, zelebrieren, halten

I began my discourse by informing his majesty, that our dominions consisted of two islands, which composed three mighty kingdoms, under one sovereign, beside our plantations in America. I dwelt long upon the fertility of our soil, and the temperature of our climate. I then spoke at large upon the constitution of an English parliament; partly made up of an illustrious body called the House of Peers; persons of the noblest blood, and of the most ancient and ample patrimonies. I described that extraordinary care always taken of their education in arts and arms, to qualify them for being counsellors both to the king and kingdom; to have a share in the legislature; to be members of the highest court of judicature, whence there can be no appeal; and to be champions always ready for the defence of their prince and country, by their valour, conduct, and fidelity.

informing - benachrichtigen, mitteilen, informieren

composed - komponiert; zusammenstellen, zusammensetzen, komponieren

plantations - Plantagen; Plantage

fertility - Fruchtbarkeit

soil - Boden, (Erd-) Boden; beflecken, beschmutzen, schmutzig machen

temperature - Temperatur; erhöhte Temperatur

climate - Klima

Parliament - Das Parlament; Parlament; Eulenschwarm

peers - Gleichaltrige; seinesgleichen, Beaufsichtigende; schielen

noblest - am edelsten; Adeliger, Adliger, Adelige, Adlige, Aristokrat

ample - reichlich; groß, umfangreich, üppig

patrimonies - Errungenschaften; Patrimonium

share in - teilhaben an, teilen;Anteil an

legislature - Legislative, gesetzgebende Gewalt

champions - Sieger, Siegerin, Gewinner, Gewinnerin, Meister, Meisterin

conduct - Leitung, Führung, leiten, führen, sich verhalten, sich benehmen

fidelity - Redlichkeit; Genauigkeit; Treue; Wiedergabetreue, Klangtreue

That these were the ornament and bulwark of the kingdom, worthy followers of their most renowned ancestors, whose honour had been the reward of their virtue, from which their posterity were never once known to degenerate. To these were joined several holy persons, as part of that assembly, under the title of bishops, whose peculiar business is to take care of religion, and of those who instruct the people therein. These were searched and sought out through the whole nation, by the prince and his wisest counsellors, among such of the priesthood as were most deservedly distinguished by the sanctity of their lives, and the depth of their erudition; who were indeed the spiritual fathers of the clergy and the people.

bulwark - Bollwerk; Schanzkleid

worthy - würdig

ancestors - Vorfahren; Vorfahr, Vorfahrin, Ahn, Ahne, Ahne, Ahnin, Urahn

holy - heilig

assembly - Montage; Baugruppe; Versammlung

bishops - Bischöfe; Läufer (Schach), Bischof

sought - gesucht; suchen

priesthood - Priesteramt; Priestertum, Priesterschaft, Priesterwürde

deservedly - Verdientermaßen

distinguished - ausgezeichnet; unterscheiden, erkennen, auszeichnen

sanctity - Unantastbarkeit; Heiligkeit

erudition - Belesenheit, Gelehrtheit, Bildung, Gelehrsamkeit

spiritual - spirituell; geistig

clergy - Geistlichkeit, Klerus

That the other part of the parliament consisted of an assembly called the House of Commons, who were all principal gentlemen, freely picked and culled out by the people themselves, for their great abilities and love of their country, to represent the wisdom of the whole nation. And that these two bodies made up the most august assembly in Europe; to whom, in conjunction with the prince, the whole legislature is committed.

culled - gekeult; pflücken

I then descended to the courts of justice; over which the judges, those venerable sages and interpreters of the law, presided, for determining the disputed rights and properties of men, as well as for the punishment of vice and protection of innocence. I mentioned the prudent management of our treasury; the valour and achievements of our forces, by sea and land. I computed the number of our people, by reckoning how many millions there might be of each religious sect, or political party among us.

courts of justice - Gerichtshöfe

venerable - ehrwürdig, geschätzt, respektabel, verehrenswert

sages - Weisen; weise, klug, Weise

interpreters - Dolmetscher, Dolmetscherin, Dolmetsch, Interpreter

presided - den Vorsitz haben, präsidieren

determining - bestimmen, eingrenzen, festlegen

disputed - umstritten; Streit, Disput, Debatte, erörtern, bestreiten

properties - Eigenschaften; Eigentum

management - Verwaltung, Führung, Handhabung, Leitung

achievements - Errungenschaften; Errungenschaft, Leistung, Großtat, Heldentat

forces - Kräfte; zwingen, forcieren, erzwingen; Stärke, Macht, Einfluss

religious - religiös, gläubig, Ordensmitglied, Ordensleute

sect - Sekte

political - politisch

I did not omit even our sports and pastimes, or any other particular which I thought might redound to the honour of my country. And I finished all with a brief historical account of affairs and events in England for about a hundred years past.

pastimes - Zeitvertreib

redound - wiederherstellen; führen; zu etw. beitragen; zurückfallen

brief - kurz; prägnant; kurze Zusammenfassung; briefen, instruieren

historical - historisch

This conversation was not ended under five audiences, each of several hours; and the king heard the whole with great attention, frequently taking notes of what I spoke, as well as memorandums of what questions he intended to ask me.

audiences - Publikum

of several hours - mehrstündig {adj}

memorandums - Memoranden; Memorandum

When I had put an end to these long discources, his majesty, in a sixth audience, consulting his notes, proposed many doubts, queries, and objections, upon every article. He asked, "What methods were used to cultivate the minds and bodies of our young nobility, and in what kind of business they commonly spent the first and teachable parts of their lives? What course was taken to supply that assembly, when any noble family became extinct? What qualifications were necessary in those who are to be created new lords: whether the humour of the prince, a sum of money to a court lady, or a design of strengthening a party opposite to the public interest, ever happened to be the motive in those advancements?

discources - Quellen

queries - Rückfragen; Frage, Abfrage, in Frage stellen, abfragen

objections - Einwände; Beanstandung, Einwand, Widerspruch, Einspruch

teachable - lehrbar, gelehrig

noble family - Adelsgeschlecht

extinct - erloschen; aussterben

qualifications - Qualifikationen; Qualifizierung, Zertifikat

court lady - Hofdame

strengthening - Stärkung; verstärken, stärken, bestärken, stärken, verstärken

public interest - Gemeinnutz

advancements - Fortschritten; Fortschritt, Erbvorbezug

What share of knowledge these lords had in the laws of their country, and how they came by it, so as to enable them to decide the properties of their fellow-subjects in the last resort? Whether they were always so free from avarice, partialities, or want, that a bribe, or some other sinister view, could have no place among them? Whether those holy lords I spoke of were always promoted to that rank upon account of their knowledge in religious matters, and the sanctity of their lives; had never been compliers with the times, while they were common priests; or slavish prostitute chaplains to some nobleman, whose opinions they continued servilely to follow, after they were admitted into that assembly?"

enable - berechtigen, befähigen, ermöglichen, anordnen, aktivieren

last resort - letztes Mittel

avarice - Geiz; Gier

partialities - Vorurteile; Parteilichkeit, Befangenheit

bribe - Bestechungsgeld, Schmiergeld, bestechen, schmieren, kaufen

sinister - unheimlich

promoted - befördert; befördern, promovieren

matters - zählt; Materie, Materie, Masse, Substanz, Stoff, Angelegenheit

slavish - sklavisch

prostitute - prostituieren

chaplains - Kapläne; Kaplan, Kaplanin, Seelsorger, Seelsorgerin

servilely - unterwürfig

He then desired to know, "What arts were practised in electing those whom I called commoners: whether a stranger, with a strong purse, might not influence the vulgar voters to choose him before their own landlord, or the most considerable gentleman in the neighbourhood? How it came to pass, that people were so violently bent upon getting into this assembly, which I allowed to be a great trouble and expense, often to the ruin of their families, without any salary or pension? because this appeared such an exalted strain of virtue and public spirit, that his majesty seemed to doubt it might possibly not be always sincere.

electing - zu wählen; entscheiden, wählen, wählen, gewählt

commoners - Bürgerliche; Bürger

voters - Wähler, Wählerin

landlord - Vermieter, Hauswirt

neighbourhood - Viertel (Wohngegend), Nachbarschaft; Nähe, Stadtteil

ruin - Ruine, Ruin, Ruin, ruinieren, auf die Knie zwingen, vernichten

salary - Gehalt, Lohn

exalted - erhaben; ehren, erhöhen

spirit - Geist, Seele, Stimmung, Schnaps

And he desired to know, "Whether such zealous gentlemen could have any views of refunding themselves for the charges and trouble they were at by sacrificing the public good to the designs of a weak and vicious prince, in conjunction with a corrupted ministry?" He multiplied his questions, and sifted me thoroughly upon every part of this head, proposing numberless inquiries and objections, which I think it not prudent or convenient to repeat.

zealous - eifrig, begeistert

views - Ansichten; Aussicht, Aussicht, Anblick, Sicht, Ansicht, Aufruf

refunding - erstatten, zurückerstatten, Erstattung, Rückerstattung

sacrificing - opfern, opfern, Opfer

vicious - bösartig; gewalttätig, destruktiv, grausam, aggressiv, böse

corrupted - korrumpiert; korrupt, verderben, korrumpieren

multiplied - multipliziert; multiplizieren

sifted - gesichtet; sieben, sieben, sichten, durchgehen

proposing - vorschlagen, einen Heiratsantrag machen, beabsichtigen

numberless - nummernlos; unzählig, zahllos

inquiries - Erkundigungen; Anfrage, Erkundigung, Abfrage, Untersuchung

Upon what I said in relation to our courts of justice, his majesty desired to be satisfied in several points: and this I was the better able to do, having been formerly almost ruined by a long suit in chancery, which was decreed for me with costs. He asked, "What time was usually spent in determining between right and wrong, and what degree of expense? Whether advocates and orators had liberty to plead in causes manifestly known to be unjust, vexatious, or oppressive? Whether party, in religion or politics, were observed to be of any weight in the scale of justice? Whether those pleading orators were persons educated in the general knowledge of equity, or only in provincial, national, and other local customs?

ruined - ruiniert; Ruine, Ruin, Ruin, ruinieren, auf die Knie zwingen

Chancery - Staatsanwaltschaft; Kanzleigericht, Registergericht

advocates - Befürworter; Rechtsanwalt, Rechtsanwältin, Verteidiger

orators - Redner, Rednerin

manifestly - offenkundig

unjust - ungerecht

oppressive - bedrückend

pleading - flehend; flehentlich, Verteidigungsschrift

general knowledge - Allgemeinwissen , Sachkunde

equity - Eigenkapital; Gerechtigkeit, Gleichheit, Fairness, Billigkeit

provincial - Provinzler; provinziell, provinzial

national - national, Staats-, Staatsangehöriger, Staatsangehörige

Whether they or their judges had any part in penning those laws, which they assumed the liberty of interpreting, and glossing upon at their pleasure? Whether they had ever, at different times, pleaded for and against the same cause, and cited precedents to prove contrary opinions? Whether they were a rich or a poor corporation? Whether they received any pecuniary reward for pleading, or delivering their opinions? And particularly, whether they were ever admitted as members in the lower senate?"

assumed - angenommen; annehmen, voraussetzen, vermuten, unterstellen

interpreting - interpretieren, interpretieren, dolmetschen, übersetzen

glossing - beschönigen; Glosse, Glasur (Metall), Fußnote

pleaded for - flehend

cited - zitiert; zitieren

precedents - Präzedenzfälle; Präzedenz

corporation - Unternehmen; Körperschaft; Aktiengesellschaft

pecuniary - Finanziell; monetär, Geld

delivering - ausliefern; erlösen, befreien, gebären, liefern, abliefern

Senate - Senat

He fell next upon the management of our treasury; and said, "he thought my memory had failed me, because I computed our taxes at about five or six millions a-year, and when I came to mention the issues, he found they sometimes amounted to more than double; for the notes he had taken were very particular in this point, because he hoped, as he told me, that the knowledge of our conduct might be useful to him, and he could not be deceived in his calculations. But, if what I told him were true, he was still at a loss how a kingdom could run out of its estate, like a private person." He asked me, "who were our creditors; and where we found money to pay them?" He wondered to hear me talk of such chargeable and expensive wars; "that certainly we must be a quarrelsome people, or live among very bad neighbours, and that our generals must needs be richer than our kings.

taxes - Steuern; (taxi) Taxi

issues - Probleme; ausgehen

amounted to - betrug

calculations - Berechnungen; Berechnung

creditors - Gläubiger, Kreditor

chargeable - anrechenbar; gebührenpflichtig

quarrelsome - zänkisch

generals - Generäle; allgemein, generell, allgemein, General

He asked, what business we had out of our own islands, unless upon the score of trade, or treaty, or to defend the coasts with our fleet?" Above all, he was amazed to hear me talk of a mercenary standing army, in the midst of peace, and among a free people. He said, "if we were governed by our own consent, in the persons of our representatives, he could not imagine of whom we were afraid, or against whom we were to fight; and would hear my opinion, whether a private man's house might not be better defended by himself, his children, and family, than by half-a-dozen rascals, picked up at a venture in the streets for small wages, who might get a hundred times more by cutting their throats?"

mercenary - Söldner, Söldnerin, Mietsoldat, käuflich, gewinnsüchtig

representatives - repräsentativ, Repräsentant, Repräsentantin, Vertreter

defended - verteidigt; verteidigen

rascals - Gauner, Strolch, Bösewicht, Schurke, Bengel, Strolch, Schlingel

at a venture - auf gut Glück

throats - Kehlen; Kehle, Kehle, Rachen, Hals, Flaschenhals

He laughed at my "odd kind of arithmetic," as he was pleased to call it, "in reckoning the numbers of our people, by a computation drawn from the several sects among us, in religion and politics." He said, "he knew no reason why those, who entertain opinions prejudicial to the public, should be obliged to change, or should not be obliged to conceal them.

laughed at - angelacht

odd - einzeln; seltsam, merkwürdig, komisch, ungerade

Arithmetic - Arithmetik, Rechenkunst, Rechenkunde, arithmetisch

sects - Sekten; Sekte

prejudicial - vorurteilsbehaftet

And as it was tyranny in any government to require the first, so it was weakness not to enforce the second: for a man may be allowed to keep poisons in his closet, but not to vend them about for cordials."

tyranny - Tyrannenherrschaft, Tyrannei

enforce - vollstrecken; durchsetzen; durchsetzen (1); checkbekräftigen

poisons - Gift

vend - verkaufen

cordials - Herzchen; herzlich, Sirup, Likör

He observed, "that among the diversions of our nobility and gentry, I had mentioned gaming: he desired to know at what age this entertainment was usually taken up, and when it was laid down; how much of their time it employed; whether it ever went so high as to affect their fortunes; whether mean, vicious people, by their dexterity in that art, might not arrive at great riches, and sometimes keep our very nobles in dependence, as well as habituate them to vile companions, wholly take them from the improvement of their minds, and force them, by the losses they received, to learn and practise that infamous dexterity upon others?

laid down - hingelegt

nobles - Adelige; (noble) adlig, nobel, adelig, großmütig, prächtig

dependence - Abhängigkeit

habituate - gewöhnen an

vile - abscheulich, gemein, schnöde

improvement - Verbesserung

losses - Verluste; Verlust, Ausfall; Kursverlust

He was perfectly astonished with the historical account gave him of our affairs during the last century; protesting "it was only a heap of conspiracies, rebellions, murders, massacres, revolutions, banishments, the very worst effects that avarice, faction, hypocrisy, perfidiousness, cruelty, rage, madness, hatred, envy, lust, malice, and ambition, could produce."

conspiracies - Verschwörungen; Verschwörung, Konspiration, Verschwörung

murders - Mord, Mord, Mord, mörderisch, ermorden, massakrieren, umbringen

massacres - Massaker

revolutions - Revolutionen; Revolution, Revolution, Umdrehung, Revolution

banishments - Verbannungen; Verbannung

hypocrisy - Heuchelei, Scheinheiligkeit, Hypokrisie, Doppelmoral

perfidiousness - Perfidie

cruelty - Grausamkeit, Quälerei

madness - Wahnsinn, Verrücktheit, Tollheit

lust - Wollust, Begehren, Verlangen, Freude

His majesty, in another audience, was at the pains to recapitulate the sum of all I had spoken; compared the questions he made with the answers I had given; then taking me into his hands, and stroking me gently, delivered himself in these words, which I shall never forget, nor the manner he spoke them in: "My little friend Grildrig, you have made a most admirable panegyric upon your country; you have clearly proved, that ignorance, idleness, and vice, are the proper ingredients for qualifying a legislator; that laws are best explained, interpreted, and applied, by those whose interest and abilities lie in perverting, confounding, and eluding them. I observe among you some lines of an institution, which, in its original, might have been tolerable, but these half erased, and the rest wholly blurred and blotted by corruptions. It does not appear, from all you have said, how any one perfection is required toward the procurement of any one station among you; much less, that men are ennobled on account of their virtue; that priests are advanced for their piety or learning; soldiers, for their conduct or valour; judges, for their integrity; senators, for the love of their country; or counsellors for their wisdom. As for yourself," continued the king, "who have spent the greatest part of your life in travelling, I am well disposed to hope you may hitherto have escaped many vices of your country. But by what I have gathered from your own relation, and the answers I have with much pains wrung and extorted from you, I cannot but conclude the bulk of your natives to be the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth.

recapitulate - rekapitulieren

admirable - bewundernswert

panegyric - Lobrede, Panegyrik

idleness - Untätigkeit, Stillstand, Müßiggang, Trägheit

ingredients - Inhaltsstoffe; Bestandteil, Ingredienz, Inhaltsstoff, Zutat

qualifying - qualifizieren; Qualifikation, Befähigungsnachweis

legislator - Gesetzgeber, Gesetzgeberin

perverting - pervertieren; Perversling

eluding - ausweichen; entziehen

Institution - Institution

erased - ausgelöscht; auslöschen, ausradieren, löschen

blurred - verschwimmen, verwischen, verschmieren, verschwimmen

blotted - befleckt; Fleck, Klecks, Schandfleck, beflecken, kleckern

procurement - Einkauf; Beschaffung

ennobled - geadelt; adeln, veredeln

integrity - Integrität

senators - Senatoren; Senator, Senatorin

vices - Laster; der Schraubstock

gathered - gesammelt; sammeln, versammeln

extorted - erpresst; erpressen, erzwingen

pernicious - verderblich

crawl - krabbeln; kriechen

surface - Oberfläche; auftauchen; publik werden, ans Licht kommen


The author's love of his country. He makes a proposal of much advantage to the king, which is rejected. The king's great ignorance in politics. The learning of that country very imperfect and confined. The laws, and military affairs, and parties in the state.

Nothing but an extreme love of truth could have hindered me from concealing this part of my story. It was in vain to discover my resentments, which were always turned into ridicule; and I was forced to rest with patience, while my noble and beloved country was so injuriously treated. I am as heartily sorry as any of my readers can possibly be, that such an occasion was given: but this prince happened to be so curious and inquisitive upon every particular, that it could not consist either with gratitude or good manners, to refuse giving him what satisfaction I was able. Yet thus much I may be allowed to say in my own vindication, that I artfully eluded many of his questions, and gave to every point a more favourable turn, by many degrees, than the strictness of truth would allow.

hindered - behindert; behindern, aufhalten, hindern

resentments - Ressentiments; Ressentiment

ridicule - lächerlich machen; verhöhnen, verspotten; Spott

injuriously - verletzend

inquisitive - neugierig

consist - zusammensetzend, besteht aus; bestehen (aus)

refuse - Müll; abweisen, verweigern, abschlagen, ablehnen

artfully - listige, kunstvoll

eluded - entgangen; entziehen

more favourable - günstigere

strictness - Strenge, Genauigkeit

For I have always borne that laudable partiality to my own country, which Dionysius Halicarnassensis, with so much justice, recommends to an historian: I would hide the frailties and deformities of my political mother, and place her virtues and beauties in the most advantageous light. This was my sincere endeavour in those many discourses I had with that monarch, although it unfortunately failed of success.

laudable - lobenswert, löblich

partiality - Parteilichkeit, Befangenheit

recommends - empfiehlt; empfehlen, empfehlen

historian - Historiker, Historikerin, Geschichtsschreiber

frailties - Schwachstellen; Schwäche, Zerbrechlichkeit

deformities - Deformierungen; Missbildung

beauties - Schönheiten; Schönheit, Schöner, Schönheit, Schöne, Prachtstück

most advantageous - vorteilhafteste

But great allowances should be given to a king, who lives wholly secluded from the rest of the world, and must therefore be altogether unacquainted with the manners and customs that most prevail in other nations: the want of which knowledge will ever produce many prejudices, and a certain narrowness of thinking, from which we, and the politer countries of Europe, are wholly exempted.

allowances - Zulagen; Erlaubnis

secluded - Abgelegen; absondern, abschließen

unacquainted - Unbekannt

prevail - erman: die Vorherrschaft erringen (''over'' über); sich durchsetzen (''against'' gegen); vorherrschen; überzeugen können

narrowness - Engstirnigkeit; Enge, Beschränktheit

politer - höflicher; höflich

exempted - befreit, de

And it would be hard indeed, if so remote a prince's notions of virtue and vice were to be offered as a standard for all mankind.

Standard - üblich, standardmäßig, Standard, Banner, Standarte

To confirm what I have now said, and further to show the miserable effects of a confined education, I shall here insert a passage, which will hardly obtain belief. In hopes to ingratiate myself further into his majesty's favour, I told him of "an invention, discovered between three and four hundred years ago, to make a certain powder, into a heap of which, the smallest spark of fire falling, would kindle the whole in a moment, although it were as big as a mountain, and make it all fly up in the air together, with a noise and agitation greater than thunder. That a proper quantity of this powder rammed into a hollow tube of brass or iron, according to its bigness, would drive a ball of iron or lead, with such violence and speed, as nothing was able to sustain its force. That the largest balls thus discharged, would not only destroy whole ranks of an army at once, but batter the strongest walls to the ground, sink down ships, with a thousand men in each, to the bottom of the sea, and when linked together by a chain, would cut through masts and rigging, divide hundreds of bodies in the middle, and lay all waste before them.

confirm - bestätigen, bekräftigen

insert - einsetzen, einfügen, einwerfen, Beilage

belief - Glauben; Glaube

ingratiate - einschmeicheln, sich beliebt machen, beliebt machen

invention - Erfindung; Erfinden; Einfallsreichtum; Invention

rammed - gerammt; RAM

tube - Schlauch; Rohr, Röhre, Tube

brass - Messingschild

lead - führen, anführen, leiten;aus Blei;Aufmacher ;Anschlussdraht , Blei , Führung

sustain - unterstützen; unterhalten, aufrechterhalten, versorgen

ranks - Dienstgrade; (sozialer) Stand, Rang, Dienstgrad

batter - Teig; zerschlagen, ich/er/sie stieß ab, schlagen

sink down - zusammen sinken, zusammensinken [alt]

linked - verbunden; Verknüpfung, Gelenk, Bindeglied; verbinden

cut through - durchgeschnitten

rigging - Takelage; (rig) Takelage

waste - Abfall; verschwenden

That we often put this powder into large hollow balls of iron, and discharged them by an engine into some city we were besieging, which would rip up the pavements, tear the houses to pieces, burst and throw splinters on every side, dashing out the brains of all who came near. That I knew the ingredients very well, which were cheap and common; I understood the manner of compounding them, and could direct his workmen how to make those tubes, of a size proportionable to all other things in his majesty's kingdom, and the largest need not be above a hundred feet long; twenty or thirty of which tubes, charged with the proper quantity of powder and balls, would batter down the walls of the strongest town in his dominions in a few hours, or destroy the whole metropolis, if ever it should pretend to dispute his absolute commands." This I humbly offered to his majesty, as a small tribute of acknowledgment, in turn for so many marks that I had received, of his royal favour and protection.

besieging - belagernd; (besiege); belagern, einkesseln, umzingeln, umstellen

pavements - Bürgersteige; Asphalt, Pflaster

burst - geplatzt; platzen, zerplatzen, bersten, sprengen, Bersten

splinters - Span, Splitter

compounding - Aufzinsung; zusammensetzen

tubes - Schläuche; Rohr

absolute - absolut; rein

tribute - Tribut

acknowledgment - Anerkennung, Bestätigung, Anerkenntnis, Danksagung, Quittung

The king was struck with horror at the description I had given of those terrible engines, and the proposal I had made. "He was amazed, how so impotent and grovelling an insect as I" (these were his expressions) "could entertain such inhuman ideas, and in so familiar a manner, as to appear wholly unmoved at all the scenes of blood and desolation which I had painted as the common effects of those destructive machines; whereof," he said, "some evil genius, enemy to mankind, must have been the first contriver.

impotent - impotent

grovelling - kriechend; (grovel) kriechen, katzbuckeln; (grovel); kriechen

insect - Insekt, Kerbtier

familiar - vertraut; bekannt

unmoved - ungerührt, unbewegt

scenes - Szenen; Szene

desolation - Verwüsten, Verwüstung, Verwüstetsein, Verlassenheit

destructive - zerstörerisch

contriver - Treiber

As for himself, he protested, that although few things delighted him so much as new discoveries in art or in nature, yet he would rather lose half his kingdom, than be privy to such a secret; which he commanded me, as I valued any life, never to mention any more."

Privy - Geheimsache; geheim; eingeweiht

valued - wertgeschätzt; Wert, Wert, Wichtigkeit, Wert, Notenwert, Wert

A strange effect of narrow principles and views! that a prince possessed of every quality which procures veneration, love, and esteem; of strong parts, great wisdom, and profound learning, endowed with admirable talents, and almost adored by his subjects, should, from a nice, unnecessary scruple, whereof in Europe we can have no conception, let slip an opportunity put into his hands that would have made him absolute master of the lives, the liberties, and the fortunes of his people! Neither do I say this, with the least intention to detract from the many virtues of that excellent king, whose character, I am sensible, will, on this account, be very much lessened in the opinion of an English reader: but I take this defect among them to have risen from their ignorance, by not having hitherto reduced politics into a science, as the more acute wits of Europe have done. For, I remember very well, in a discourse one day with the king, when I happened to say, "there were several thousand books among us written upon the art of government," it gave him (directly contrary to my intention) a very mean opinion of our understandings. He professed both to abominate and despise all mystery, refinement, and intrigue, either in a prince or a minister.

possessed - besessen; besitzen, besitzen

procures - beschafft, vermittelt; (procure); beschaffen, erwerben

veneration - Verehrung

endowed - dotiert; ausstatten

talents - Talente; Talent

adored - verehrt; anbeten, verehren, anbeten, verehren

unnecessary - nicht notwendig, unnötig

conception - Empfängnis; Vorstellung, Konzeption

liberties - Freiheiten; Freiheit

risen - aufgestiegen; Kursanstieg; Aufgang, Gehaltszulage, Aufschwung

wits - Verstand; nämlich, und zwar

understandings - Verstehen

professed - bekennt; bekennen

abominate - verabscheuen

refinement - Verfeinerung; Verbesserung, Veredelung, Veredeln

He could not tell what I meant by secrets of state, where an enemy, or some rival nation, were not in the case. He confined the knowledge of governing within very narrow bounds, to common sense and reason, to justice and lenity, to the speedy determination of civil and criminal causes; with some other obvious topics, which are not worth considering. And he gave it for his opinion, "that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together."

secrets - Geheimnisse; Geheimnis

rival - Rivalen; Gegner, Rivale, Konkurrent, Gegnerin

bounds - Grenzen; Sprung

speedy - zügig; schnell

blades of grass - Grashalme

more essential - wesentlichere

politicians - Politiker, Politikerin

The learning of this people is very defective, consisting only in morality, history, poetry, and mathematics, wherein they must be allowed to excel.

morality - Moral, Moralität

poetry - Dichtkunst, Poesie, checkDichtung, checkDichtkunst

But the last of these is wholly applied to what may be useful in life, to the improvement of agriculture, and all mechanical arts; so that among us, it would be little esteemed. And as to ideas, entities, abstractions, and transcendentals, I could never drive the least conception into their heads.

agriculture - Landwirtschaft, Ackerbau

entities - Einheiten; Wesen

abstractions - Abstraktionen; Abstraktion

transcendentals - Transzendentale; transzendent, transzendent

No law in that country must exceed in words the number of letters in their alphabet, which consists only of two and twenty. But indeed few of them extend even to that length. They are expressed in the most plain and simple terms, wherein those people are not mercurial enough to discover above one interpretation: and to write a comment upon any law, is a capital crime.

consists - zusammensetzend, besteht aus; bestehen (aus)

mercurial - sprunghaft; quecksilberhaltig

interpretation - Interpretation, Auslegung, Deutung, Dolmetschen

comment - Kommentar; kommentieren; Erläuterung, Anmerkung, Vermerk

As to the decision of civil causes, or proceedings against criminals, their precedents are so few, that they have little reason to boast of any extraordinary skill in either.

boast - rühmen; stolz sein auf etw

They have had the art of printing, as well as the Chinese, time out of mind: but their libraries are not very large; for that of the king, which is reckoned the largest, does not amount to above a thousand volumes, placed in a gallery of twelve hundred feet long, whence I had liberty to borrow what books I pleased. The queen's joiner had contrived in one of Glumdalclitch's rooms, a kind of wooden machine five-and-twenty feet high, formed like a standing ladder; the steps were each fifty feet long. It was indeed a moveable pair of stairs, the lowest end placed at ten feet distance from the wall of the chamber.

printing - Druck, druckend

time out - Zeitlimit , Zeitabschaltung , Zeitsperre

amount to - etw. gleichkommen;ausmachen, betragen, sich beziffern auf

gallery - Galerie

borrow - leihen, entleihen

moveable - beweglich

stairs - Stufe, Treppenstufe, Treppe

lowest - niedrigsten; tief, niedrig, nieder, leise (Stimme); muhen

The book I had a mind to read, was put up leaning against the wall: I first mounted to the upper step of the ladder, and turning my face towards the book, began at the top of the page, and so walking to the right and left about eight or ten paces, according to the length of the lines, till I had gotten a little below the level of mine eyes, and then descending gradually till I came to the bottom: after which I mounted again, and began the other page in the same manner, and so turned over the leaf, which I could easily do with both my hands, for it was as thick and stiff as a pasteboard, and in the largest folios not above eighteen or twenty feet long.

descending - absteigend; absteigen, niedergehen, herunterkommen, herabsteigen

turned over - umgeblättert

leaf - Blatt, Laubblatt, Platte

stiff - steif, starr, Steifer, Zechpreller, prellen, abspeisen

pasteboard - Pappe; Pappkarton

folios - Seitenzahl

Their style is clear, masculine, and smooth, but not florid; for they avoid nothing more than multiplying unnecessary words, or using various expressions. I have perused many of their books, especially those in history and morality. Among the rest, I was much diverted with a little old treatise, which always lay in Glumdalclitch's bed chamber, and belonged to her governess, a grave elderly gentlewoman, who dealt in writings of morality and devotion. The book treats of the weakness of human kind, and is in little esteem, except among the women and the vulgar. However, I was curious to see what an author of that country could say upon such a subject. This writer went through all the usual topics of European moralists, showing "how diminutive, contemptible, and helpless an animal was man in his own nature; how unable to defend himself from inclemencies of the air, or the fury of wild beasts: how much he was excelled by one creature in strength, by another in speed, by a third in foresight, by a fourth in industry." He added, "that nature was degenerated in these latter declining ages of the world, and could now produce only small abortive births, in comparison of those in ancient times.

multiplying - multiplizieren

elderly - ältere Menschen; älter, bejahrt, betagt

gentlewoman - eine Dame; vornehme Dame

dealt - behandelt; Menge, Handel, Teil, Abkommen

devotion - Hingebung, Hingabe, Zuneigung, Zuwendung

treats - Leckereien; behandeln, bewirten, einladen, heilen, kurieren

Moralists - Moralisten; Moralist, Moralistin

helpless - hilflos

unable - unfähig, untauglich

inclemencies - Unzulänglichkeiten; Rauheit

wild - wild, rau

beasts - Biester; Tier

excelled - ausstechen, übersteigen, übertreffen, sich hervortun

foresight - Vorausschauend; Voraussicht, Hellsichtigkeit, Weitsicht

declining - Sinken

births - Geburten; Niederkunft, Ursprung, Herkunft

He said "it was very reasonable to think, not only that the species of men were originally much larger, but also that there must have been giants in former ages; which, as it is asserted by history and tradition, so it has been confirmed by huge bones and skulls, casually dug up in several parts of the kingdom, far exceeding the common dwindled race of men in our days." He argued, "that the very laws of nature absolutely required we should have been made, in the beginning of a size more large and robust; not so liable to destruction from every little accident, of a tile falling from a house, or a stone cast from the hand of a boy, or being drowned in a little brook." From this way of reasoning, the author drew several moral applications, useful in the conduct of life, but needless here to repeat. For my own part, I could not avoid reflecting how universally this talent was spread, of drawing lectures in morality, or indeed rather matter of discontent and repining, from the quarrels we raise with nature. And I believe, upon a strict inquiry, those quarrels might be shown as ill-grounded among us as they are among that people.

originally - ursprünglich

giants - Giganten; Riese, Riesin, Gigant, Gigantin, Gigant, Riese

asserted - behauptet; versichern, zusichern, beteuern, beteuern, beteuern

tradition - Tradition, Überlieferung, rimeval, early

skulls - Totenköpfe; Totenschädel, Totenkopf, Schädel

casually - beiläufig; gelegentlich

dug up - umgegraben

dwindled - geschrumpft; schwinden

argued - argumentiert; diskutieren, erörtern, streiten, argumentieren

drowned - ertrunken; ertrinken, ertränken, überwältigen

brook - Bach

applications - Anwendungen; Anwendung, Anwendung, Anwendung, Anwendung

needless - unnötig, überflüssig

universally - universell

talent - Talent, Begabung

lectures - Vorlesungen; Vorlesung

repining - Reue; murrend; (repin) Reue; murrend

inquiry - Anfrage, Erkundigung, Abfrage, Untersuchung, Erforschung

grounded - Hausarrest; Masse (elektrisch); Erdboden, Grund, Boden

I have often seen the militia of Lorbrulgrud drawn out to exercise, in a great field near the city of twenty miles square. They were in all not above twenty-five thousand foot, and six thousand horse; but it was impossible for me to compute their number, considering the space of ground they took up. A cavalier, mounted on a large steed, might be about ninety feet high. I have seen this whole body of horse, upon a word of command, draw their swords at once, and brandish them in the air. Imagination can figure nothing so grand, so surprising, and so astonishing!

militia - Miliz; qual

cavalier - nachlässig; übermütig; hochmütig; Kavallerist; Kavalier

steed - ein Pferd; erman: Ross (see also Stute )

brandish - brandmarken; schwingen, schwenken, hantieren, führen, vorzeigen

surprising - überraschend, verwunderlich

astonishing - Erstaunlich; erstaunen

it looked as if ten thousand flashes of lightning were darting at the same time from every quarter of the sky.

flashes - blinkt; aufleuchten, blitzen, aufflammen

lightning - Blitzschlag; Blitz; Entladung

darting - Pfeil, Satz

I was curious to know how this prince, to whose dominions there is no access from any other country, came to think of armies, or to teach his people the practice of military discipline. But I was soon informed, both by conversation and reading their histories; for, in the course of many ages, they have been troubled with the same disease to which the whole race of mankind is subject; the nobility often contending for power, the people for liberty, and the king for absolute dominion.

armies - Armeen; Heer

troubled - beunruhigt; Ärger, Schwierigkeit, Anstrengung, Bemühung, Mühe

disease - Krankheit

dominion - Herrschaft, Oberherrschaft, Vorherrschaft, Herrschaftsgebiet

All which, however happily tempered by the laws of that kingdom, have been sometimes violated by each of the three parties, and have more than once occasioned civil wars; the last whereof was happily put an end to by this prince's grand-father, in a general composition; and the militia, then settled with common consent, has been ever since kept in the strictest duty.

Happily - glücklicherweise, fröhlich, bereitwillig, gerne

tempered - temperiert; Gereiztheit, Laune, Temperament

violated - verstoßen; verletzen, brechen, überschreiten, mißachten

occasioned - veranlasst; Gelegenheit, Gelegenheit, Anlass


The king and queen make a progress to the frontiers. The author attends them. The manner in which he leaves the country very particularly related. He returns to England.

attends - teilnimmt; (to attend) mit etwas verbunden sein

I had always a strong impulse that I should some time recover my liberty, though it was impossible to conjecture by what means, or to form any project with the least hope of succeeding. The ship in which I sailed, was the first ever known to be driven within sight of that coast, and the king had given strict orders, that if at any time another appeared, it should be taken ashore, and with all its crew and passengers brought in a tumbril to Lorbrulgrud. He was strongly bent to get me a woman of my own size, by whom I might propagate the breed: but I think I should rather have died than undergone the disgrace of leaving a posterity to be kept in cages, like tame canary-birds, and perhaps, in time, sold about the kingdom, to persons of quality, for curiosities.

impulse - Anstoß; Impuls, Triebkraft, Drang, innerer Antrieb, Kraftstoß

succeeding - Erfolgreich; nachfolgen, gelingen, geraten, nachfolgen

Sailed - Gesegelt; segeln, abfahren (nach); Segel; schippern (ugs.)

passengers - Passagiere; Passagier, Passagierin, Fahrgast, Fahrgästin

Canary - Kanarienvogel; Kanariengelb

I was indeed treated with much kindness: I was the favourite of a great king and queen, and the delight of the whole court; but it was upon such a foot as ill became the dignity of humankind. I could never forget those domestic pledges I had left behind me. I wanted to be among people, with whom I could converse upon even terms, and walk about the streets and fields without being afraid of being trod to death like a frog or a young puppy. But my deliverance came sooner than I expected, and in a manner not very common; the whole story and circumstances of which I shall faithfully relate.

humankind - der Menschheit; Menschheit

deliverance - Auslieferung, Abgabe, Erlösung, Befreiung

faithfully - brav, glaubend, vertrauend, treu

I had now been two years in this country; and about the beginning of the third, Glumdalclitch and I attended the king and queen, in a progress to the south coast of the kingdom. I was carried, as usual, in my travelling-box, which as I have already described, was a very convenient closet, of twelve feet wide. And I had ordered a hammock to be fixed, by silken ropes from the four corners at the top, to break the jolts, when a servant carried me before him on horseback, as I sometimes desired; and would often sleep in my hammock, while we were upon the road.

corners - Ecken; Ecke, Winkel, Ecke, Ecke, Ecke, in die Enge treiben

jolts - Erschütterungen; schütteln, durchrütteln

On the roof of my closet, not directly over the middle of the hammock, I ordered the joiner to cut out a hole of a foot square, to give me air in hot weather, as I slept; which hole I shut at pleasure with a board that drew backward and forward through a groove.

groove - Rille, Nut, gewöhnlicher Gang, üblicher Ablauf, übliche Routine

When we came to our journey's end, the king thought proper to pass a few days at a palace he has near Flanflasnic, a city within eighteen English miles of the seaside. Glumdalclitch and I were much fatigued: I had gotten a small cold, but the poor girl was so ill as to be confined to her chamber. I longed to see the ocean, which must be the only scene of my escape, if ever it should happen. I pretended to be worse than I really was, and desired leave to take the fresh air of the sea, with a page, whom I was very fond of, and who had sometimes been trusted with me. I shall never forget with what unwillingness Glumdalclitch consented, nor the strict charge she gave the page to be careful of me, bursting at the same time into a flood of tears, as if she had some forboding of what was to happen. The boy took me out in my box, about half an hours walk from the palace, towards the rocks on the sea-shore. I ordered him to set me down, and lifting up one of my sashes, cast many a wistful melancholy look towards the sea. I found myself not very well, and told the page that I had a mind to take a nap in my hammock, which I hoped would do me good. I got in, and the boy shut the window close down, to Keep out the cold.

seaside - am Meer; Küste, Strand

fatigued - Ermüdet; Müdigkeit, Ermüdung, Schlappheit, Überdruss

unwillingness - Unwilligkeit

bursting - platzen, zerplatzen, bersten, sprengen, Bersten

flood - Hochwasser; Flut; überschwemmen, überfluten, überfüllen

many a - manch ein, manches, manche

wistful - wehmütig

nap - Nickerchen, Schläfchen

Keep out - Eintritt verboten!;Betreten verboten!

I soon fell asleep, and all I can conjecture is, while I slept, the page, thinking no danger could happen, went among the rocks to look for birds'eggs, having before observed him from my window searching about, and picking up one or two in the clefts. Be that as it will, I found myself suddenly awaked with a violent pull upon the ring, which was fastened at the top of my box for the conveniency of carriage. I felt my box raised very high in the air, and then borne forward with prodigious speed. The first jolt had like to have shaken me out of my hammock, but afterward the motion was easy enough. I called out several times, as loud as I could raise my voice, but all to no purpose. I looked towards my windows, and could see nothing but the clouds and sky. I heard a noise just over my head, like the clapping of wings, and then began to perceive the woful condition I was in; that some eagle had got the ring of my box in his beak, with an intent to let it fall on a rock, like a tortoise in a shell, and then pick out my body, and devour it: for the sagacity and smell of this bird enables him to discover his quarry at a great distance, though better concealed than I could be within a two-inch board.

searching - Suche, suchen, absuchen, durchsuchen, suchen

picking - Kommissionierung; pflücken; (pic) Kommissionierung; pflücken

clefts - zerklüftet, Kluft, Riss, kleben

ring - Ring, Kreis

clouds - Wolken; verschleiern

beak - Schnabel, Zinken

Tortoise - Schildkröte, Landschildkröte

devour - verschlingen, fressen, herunterschlingen, zerstören

quarry - Steinbruch; stöbern; Beute, Jagdbeute, verfolgtes Wild

In a little time, I observed the noise and flutter of wings to increase very fast, and my box was tossed up and down, like a sign in a windy day. I heard several bangs or buffets, as I thought given to the eagle (for such I am certain it must have been that held the ring of my box in his beak), and then, all on a sudden, felt myself falling perpendicularly down, for above a minute, but with such incredible swiftness, that I almost lost my breath. My fall was stopped by a terrible squash, that sounded louder to my ears than the cataract of Niagara; after which, I was quite in the dark for another minute, and then my box began to rise so high, that I could see light from the tops of the windows. I now perceived I was fallen into the sea. My box, by the weight of my body, the goods that were in, and the broad plates of iron fixed for strength at the four corners of the top and bottom, floated about five feet deep in water.

flutter - flattern; wedeln

sign in - sich eintragen

windy - windig

buffets - Büffets; Puff, Buffet, Schlag; hin und herwerfen

perpendicularly - Senkrecht

squash - zerquetschen

cataract - Katarakt, Grauer Star

floated - getrieben; treiben, schwimmen, schweben, schwimmen, treiben

I did then, and do now suppose, that the eagle which flew away with my box was pursued by two or three others, and forced to let me drop, while he defended himself against the rest, who hoped to share in the prey. The plates of iron fastened at the bottom of the box (for those were the strongest) preserved the balance while it fell, and hindered it from being broken on the surface of the water. Every joint of it was well grooved; and the door did not move on hinges, but up and down like a sash, which kept my closet so tight that very little water came in. I got with much difficulty out of my hammock, having first ventured to draw back the slip-board on the roof already mentioned, contrived on purpose to let in air, for want of which I found myself almost stifled.

flew away - verflog

prey - Beute; lauern, auflauern

joint - Gelenk; gemeinschaftlich, gemeinsam, gemeinsame, gemeinsamer

grooved - gerillt; Rille, Nut, gewöhnlicher Gang, üblicher Ablauf

How often did I then wish myself with my dear Glumdalclitch, from whom one single hour had so far divided me! And I may say with truth, that in the midst of my own misfortunes I could not forbear lamenting my poor nurse, the grief she would suffer for my loss, the displeasure of the queen, and the ruin of her fortune. Perhaps many travellers have not been under greater difficulties and distress than I was at this juncture, expecting every moment to see my box dashed to pieces, or at least overset by the first violent blast, or rising wave. A breach in one single pane of glass would have been immediate death: nor could any thing have preserved the windows, but the strong lattice wires placed on the outside, against accidents in travelling. I saw the water ooze in at several crannies, although the leaks were not considerable, and I endeavoured to stop them as well as I could.

lamenting - klagend, beklagend; (lament); Klage, Wehklage, Klagen

blast - schlagen, vernichten, sprengen; mit Wucht schießen; Bö

wave - wehen, winken mit, flattern

pane - Scheibe, Fensterscheibe

immediate - sofortig; unmittelbar, immediat

lattice - Gitterzaun, Gitterwerk, Gitter, Gatter

wires - Drähte; Draht, Draht, Ader, Wanze, Geld

ooze - sickern, strotzen vor/von; Schlamm

crannies - Verstecke; Spalt, Versteck

leaks - undichte Stellen; undicht

I was not able to lift up the roof of my closet, which otherwise I certainly should have done, and sat on the top of it; where I might at least preserve myself some hours longer, than by being shut up (as I may call it) in the hold. Or if I escaped these dangers for a day or two, what could I expect but a miserable death of cold and hunger? I was four hours under these circumstances, expecting, and indeed wishing, every moment to be my last.

wishing - (wish) wünschen, möchten; (wish); Wunsch; wünschen

I have already told the reader that there were two strong staples fixed upon that side of my box which had no window, and into which the servant, who used to carry me on horseback, would put a leathern belt, and buckle it about his waist. Being in this disconsolate state, I heard, or at least thought I heard, some kind of grating noise on that side of my box where the staples were fixed; and soon after I began to fancy that the box was pulled or towed along the sea; for I now and then felt a sort of tugging, which made the waves rise near the tops of my windows, leaving me almost in the dark. This gave me some faint hopes of relief, although I was not able to imagine how it could be brought about.

buckle - zuschnallen; Delle, Schnalle, Spange

disconsolate - untröstlich

grating - knirschend; Gitter; (grate) knirschend; Gitter

towed - abgeschleppt; Werg; abschleppen, schleppen

tugging - zerrt; zerrend; (tug); zerren; schleppen; Ruck

brought about - (bring about) zu Stande bringen, zustande [alt] bringen

I ventured to unscrew one of my chairs, which were always fastened to the floor; and having made a hard shift to screw it down again, directly under the slipping-board that I had lately opened, I mounted on the chair, and putting my mouth as near as I could to the hole, I called for help in a loud voice, and in all the languages I understood. I then fastened my handkerchief to a stick I usually carried, and thrusting it up the hole, waved it several times in the air, that if any boat or ship were near, the seamen might conjecture some unhappy mortal to be shut up in the box.

unscrew - abschrauben, losschrauben

thrusting - schubsen; stoßend, Stichwaffe, drängend; (thrust); Stoß, Stich

I found no effect from all I could do, but plainly perceived my closet to be moved along; and in the space of an hour, or better, that side of the box where the staples were, and had no windows, struck against something that was hard. I apprehended it to be a rock, and found myself tossed more than ever. I plainly heard a noise upon the cover of my closet, like that of a cable, and the grating of it as it passed through the ring. I then found myself hoisted up, by degrees, at least three feet higher than I was before. Whereupon I again thrust up my stick and handkerchief, calling for help till I was almost hoarse. In return to which, I heard a great shout repeated three times, giving me such transports of joy as are not to be conceived but by those who feel them. I now heard a trampling over my head, and somebody calling through the hole with a loud voice, in the English tongue, "If there be any body below, let them speak." I answered, "I was an Englishman, drawn by ill fortune into the greatest calamity that ever any creature underwent, and begged, by all that was moving, to be delivered out of the dungeon I was in.

cover - Deckel, Abdeckung, Versteck, Einband, agazine, Decke, Gedeck

passed through - durchgelaufen

hoisted - hochgezogen; hochziehen, hissen, Hebezeug

thrust - Stoß, Stich, Vorstoß, Schub, Schubkraft

hoarse - heiser

Englishman - Engländer

calamity - Verhängnis; Unheil, Kalamität

dungeon - Verlies, Kerker, Donjon

The voice replied, "I was safe, for my box was fastened to their ship; and the carpenter should immediately come and saw a hole in the cover, large enough to pull me out." I answered, "that was needless, and would take up too much time; for there was no more to be done, but let one of the crew put his finger into the ring, and take the box out of the sea into the ship, and so into the captain's cabin." Some of them, upon hearing me talk so wildly, thought I was mad: others laughed; for indeed it never came into my head, that I was now got among people of my own stature and strength. The carpenter came, and in a few minutes sawed a passage about four feet square, then let down a small ladder, upon which I mounted, and thence was taken into the ship in a very weak condition.

Carpenter - Schreiner; Zimmermann, Zimmerfrau

cabin - Hütte, Blockhütte, Kabine, Kajüte

wildly - wild

mad - wahnsinnig, verrückt, toll, irre

sawed - gesägt

The sailors were all in amazement, and asked me a thousand questions, which I had no inclination to answer. I was equally confounded at the sight of so many pigmies, for such I took them to be, after having so long accustomed mine eyes to the monstrous objects I had left. But the captain, Mr. Thomas Wilcocks, an honest worthy Shropshire man, observing I was ready to faint, took me into his cabin, gave me a cordial to comfort me, and made me turn in upon his own bed, advising me to take a little rest, of which I had great need. Before I went to sleep, I gave him to understand that I had some valuable furniture in my box, too good to be lost: a fine hammock, a handsome field-bed, two chairs, a table, and a cabinet; that my closet was hung on all sides, or rather quilted, with silk and cotton; that if he would let one of the crew bring my closet into his cabin, I would open it there before him, and show him my goods.

amazement - Erstaunen; Staunen, Verwunderung

pigmies - Schweinchen; Zwerg

cordial - herzlich; Sirup; Likör

turn in - einreichen;abliefern (ugs.)

advising - beratend zur Seite stehen; raten, beraten, empfehlen, mitteilen

valuable - wertvoll; Wertgegenstand, Wertsache

handsome - gut aussehend; hübsch, stattlich, gutaussehend, ansehnlich

The captain, hearing me utter these absurdities, concluded I was raving; however (I suppose to pacify me) he promised to give order as I desired, and going upon deck, sent some of his men down into my closet, whence (as I afterwards found) they drew up all my goods, and stripped off the quilting; but the chairs, cabinet, and bedstead, being screwed to the floor, were much damaged by the ignorance of the seamen, who tore them up by force. Then they knocked off some of the boards for the use of the ship, and when they had got all they had a mind for, let the hull drop into the sea, which by reason of many breaches made in the bottom and sides, sunk to rights. And, indeed, I was glad not to have been a spectator of the havoc they made, because I am confident it would have sensibly touched me, by bringing former passages into my mind, which I would rather have forgot.

absurdities - Absurditäten; Absurdität, Absurdität

pacify - beschwichtigen; befrieden; friedlich stimmen

deck - Verdeck ;jdm. eine knallen

stripped off - (strip off) abreißen (Plakat, Tapete)

bedstead - Bettgestell, Bettrahmen

tore - gerissen; (to tear) zerreißen, reißen

knocked off - abgeklopfter, abgeklopft

boards - Bretter; Brett, Tafel

hull - Rumpf; Hülse, Schale, Hülle

breaches - Verstöße; Bruch, Verstoß, Bruch, Bresche, Bruch, Brechen

sunk - versenkt; nachlassen, untergehen, abgesackt

spectator - Betrachter; Zuschauer, Zuschauerin, Schaulustiger

havoc - Zerstörung, Verwüstung, Chaos, Durcheinander

sensibly - vernünftig

touched - berührt; anfassen, berühren, rühren, Berührung, Berührung

I slept some hours, but perpetually disturbed with dreams of the place I had left, and the dangers I had escaped. However, upon waking, I found myself much recovered. It was now about eight o'clock at night, and the captain ordered supper immediately, thinking I had already fasted too long. He entertained me with great kindness, observing me not to look wildly, or talk inconsistently: and, when we were left alone, desired I would give him a relation of my travels, and by what accident I came to be set adrift, in that monstrous wooden chest. He said "that about twelve o'clock at noon, as he was looking through his glass, he spied it at a distance, and thought it was a sail, which he had a mind to make, being not much out of his course, in hopes of buying some biscuit, his own beginning to fall short. That upon coming nearer, and finding his error, he sent out his long-boat to discover what it was; that his men came back in a fright, swearing they had seen a swimming house. That he laughed at their folly, and went himself in the boat, ordering his men to take a strong cable along with them. That the weather being calm, he rowed round me several times, observed my windows and wire lattices that defended them. That he discovered two staples upon one side, which was all of boards, without any passage for light. He then commanded his men to row up to that side, and fastening a cable to one of the staples, ordered them to tow my chest, as they called it, toward the ship. When it was there, he gave directions to fasten another cable to the ring fixed in the cover, and to raise up my chest with pulleys, which all the sailors were not able to do above two or three feet." He said, "they saw my stick and handkerchief thrust out of the hole, and concluded that some unhappy man must be shut up in the cavity.

dreams - Traum, Traum, t+Wunsch, träumen, träumen, t+wünschen, träumen

supper - Abendbrot; Abendessen

inconsistently - widersprüchlich

looking through - durchblickend

fall short - zurückbleiben

swearing - schwörend, Fluchen; (swear) schwörend, Fluchen

lattices - Gittern; Gitterzaun, Gitterwerk

tow - Werg; abschleppen, schleppen

fasten - befestigen, festmachen

thrust out - vorstrecken

cavity - Hohlraum, Gravur, Aushöhlung, Loch, Höhle

I asked, "whether he or the crew had seen any prodigious birds in the air, about the time he first discovered me." To which he answered, "that discoursing this matter with the sailors while I was asleep, one of them said, he had observed three eagles flying towards the north, but remarked nothing of their being larger than the usual size:" which I suppose must be imputed to the great height they were at; and he could not guess the reason of my question. I then asked the captain, "how far he reckoned we might be from land?" He said, "by the best computation he could make, we were at least a hundred leagues." I assured him, "that he must be mistaken by almost half, for I had not left the country whence I came above two hours before I dropped into the sea." Whereupon he began again to think that my brain was disturbed, of which he gave me a hint, and advised me to go to bed in a cabin he had provided. I assured him, "I was well refreshed with his good entertainment and company, and as much in my senses as ever I was in my life." He then grew serious, and desired to ask me freely, "whether I were not troubled in my mind by the consciousness of some enormous crime, for which I was punished, at the command of some prince, by exposing me in that chest; as great criminals, in other countries, have been forced to sea in a leaky vessel, without provisions: for although he should be sorry to have taken so ill a man into his ship, yet he would engage his word to set me safe ashore, in the first port where we arrived." He added, "that his suspicions were much increased by some very absurd speeches I had delivered at first to his sailors, and afterwards to himself, in relation to my closet or chest, as well as by my odd looks and behaviour while I was at supper."

eagles - Adler, qualifieroetic, Eagle

remarked - bemerkt; bemerken; Anmerkung, Bemerkung

imputed - angerechnet; zuschreiben, anrechnen, zurechnen

be mistaken - sich irren

hint - Hinweis, Tipp, Wink, Fingerzeig

refreshed - erfrischt; erfrischen, erquicken, auffrischen, aktualisieren

senses - Sinne; Sinn, Gefühl

serious - ernst, seriös, ernsthaft, schwerwiegend

consciousness - Bewusstsein, Gewahrsein, Erkenntnis, Bewusstheit

exposing - entlarven; aufdecken, offenbaren, entblößen, bloßlegen

leaky - undicht; leck

be sorry - bereuen, bedauern

suspicions - Verdächtigungen; Verdacht, Argwohn, Verdacht, Verdacht, Argwohn

I begged his patience to hear me tell my story, which I faithfully did, from the last time I left England, to the moment he first discovered me. And, as truth always forces its way into rational minds, so this honest worthy gentleman, who had some tincture of learning, and very good sense, was immediately convinced of my candour and veracity. But further to confirm all I had said, I entreated him to give order that my cabinet should be brought, of which I had the key in my pocket; for he had already informed me how the seamen disposed of my closet. I opened it in his own presence, and showed him the small collection of rarities I made in the country from which I had been so strangely delivered. There was the comb I had contrived out of the stumps of the king's beard, and another of the same materials, but fixed into a paring of her majesty's thumb-nail, which served for the back.

candour - Offenheit, Aufrichtigkeit

disposed of - (dispose of) verfügen über

collection - Sammlung, Kollektion, Menge, Sammeln

strangely - seltsame, merkwürdige

paring - schälend, Schälen; (par) schälend, Schälen

There was a collection of needles and pins, from a foot to half a yard long; four wasp stings, like joiner's tacks; some combings of the queen's hair; a gold ring, which one day she made me a present of, in a most obliging manner, taking it from her little finger, and throwing it over my head like a collar. I desired the captain would please to accept this ring in return for his civilities; which he absolutely refused. I showed him a corn that I had cut off with my own hand, from a maid of honour's toe; it was about the bigness of Kentish pippin, and grown so hard, that when I returned England, I got it hollowed into a cup, and set in silver. Lastly, I desired him to see the breeches I had then on, which were made of a mouse's skin.

pins - Stecknadeln; Zapfen, Bolzen

wasp - die Wespe

most obliging - diensteifrigste

throwing - Werfen; (to throw) schmeißen; (throw) Werfen; (to throw) schmeißen

Accept - annehmen, abnehmen, akzeptieren, aufnehmen

ring in - einläuten, sich telefonisch melden, nach jemandem klingeln

Kentish - Kentisch

pippin - toll

hollowed - ausgehöhlt; hohl, dumpf

I could force nothing on him but a footman's tooth, which I observed him to examine with great curiosity, and found he had a fancy for it. He received it with abundance of thanks, more than such a trifle could deserve. It was drawn by an unskilful surgeon, in a mistake, from one of Glumdalclitch's men, who was afflicted with the tooth-ache, but it was as sound as any in his head.

footman - Lakai

examine - untersuchen, prüfen, befragen

abundance - Reichtum; Überfluss

trifle - eine Lappalie; Trifle; Kleinigkeit, ein bisschen, ein wenig

unskilful - ungeschickt

afflicted with - geplagt

ache - schmerzen; Schmerz

I got it cleaned, and put it into my cabinet. It was about a foot long, and four inches in diameter.

The captain was very well satisfied with this plain relation I had given him, and said, "he hoped, when we returned to England, I would oblige the world by putting it on paper, and making it public." My answer was, "that we were overstocked with books of travels: that nothing could now pass which was not extraordinary; wherein I doubted some authors less consulted truth, than their own vanity, or interest, or the diversion of ignorant readers; that my story could contain little beside common events, without those ornamental descriptions of strange plants, trees, birds, and other animals; or of the barbarous customs and idolatry of savage people, with which most writers abound.

oblige - verpflichten; einen Gefallen tun

overstocked - überbevorratet; den Markt überschwemmen

doubted - bezweifelt; bezweifeln, zweifeln, Zweifel

ornamental - Zier-, dekorativ, Zierpflanze

barbarous - barbarisch, grausam

idolatry - Götzenanbetung; Abgötterei, Götzendienerei, Götzendienst

However, I thanked him for his good opinion, and promised to take the matter into my thoughts."

He said "he wondered at one thing very much, which was, to hear me speak so loud;" asking me "whether the king or queen of that country were thick of hearing?" I told him, "it was what I had been used to for above two years past, and that I admired as much at the voices of him and his men, who seemed to me only to whisper, and yet I could hear them well enough. But, when I spoke in that country, it was like a man talking in the streets, to another looking out from the top of a steeple, unless when I was placed on a table, or held in any person's hand." I told him, "I had likewise observed another thing, that, when I first got into the ship, and the sailors stood all about me, I thought they were the most little contemptible creatures I had ever beheld." For indeed, while I was in that prince's country, I could never endure to look in a glass, after mine eyes had been accustomed to such prodigious objects, because the comparison gave me so despicable a conceit of myself. The captain said, "that while we were at supper, he observed me to look at every thing with a sort of wonder, and that I often seemed hardly able to contain my laughter, which he knew not well how to take, but imputed it to some disorder in my brain.

voices - Stimmen; äußern

despicable - verachtenswert, gemein, niederträchtig, verabscheuungswürdig

conceit - Eingebung; Einbildung; Konzept

disorder - Unordnung; Unruhen; Störung

I answered, "it was very true; and I wondered how I could forbear, when I saw his dishes of the size of a silver three-pence, a leg of pork hardly a mouthful, a cup not so big as a nut-shell;" and so I went on, describing the rest of his household-stuff and provisions, after the same manner. For, although he queen had ordered a little equipage of all things necessary for me, while I was in her service, yet my ideas were wholly taken up with what I saw on every side of me, and I winked at my own littleness, as people do at their own faults. The captain understood my raillery very well, and merrily replied with the old English proverb, "that he doubted mine eyes were bigger than my belly, for he did not observe my stomach so good, although I had fasted all day;" and, continuing in his mirth, protested "he would have gladly given a hundred pounds, to have seen my closet in the eagle's bill, and afterwards in its fall from so great a height into the sea; which would certainly have been a most astonishing object, worthy to have the description of it transmitted to future ages:" and the comparison of Phaëton was so obvious, that he could not forbear applying it, although I did not much admire the conceit.

leg of pork - Schweinekeule

winked - gezwinkert; zwinkern, blinzeln, funkeln, zuzwinkern

faults - Fehlern; Fehler, Schuld, Fehler, Charakterschwäche, Verfehlung

raillery - rasseln; Spötteleien, Spöttelei, Spötterei

merrily - fröhlich, lustig

proverb - Sprichwort, Denkspruch, Redensart; Proverb

most astonishing - erstaunlichste

applying - zutreffen, auflegen, anwenden, anlegen

admire - bewundern, verehren, hochschätzen

The captain having been at Tonquin, was, in his return to England, driven north-eastward to the latitude of 44 degrees, and longitude of 143. But meeting a trade-wind two days after I came on board him, we sailed southward a long time, and coasting New Holland, kept our course west-south-west, and then south-south-west, till we doubled the Cape of Good Hope. Our voyage was very prosperous, but I shall not trouble the reader with a journal of it. The captain called in at one or two ports, and sent in his long-boat for provisions and fresh water; but I never went out of the ship till we came into the Downs, which was on the third day of June, 1706, about nine months after my escape.

eastward - ostwärts

Longitude - Länge, geographische Länge, Längengrad

trade-wind - (trade-wind) Passat

southward - südwärts

coasting - im Leerlauf; Küstenschiffahrt

Holland - Holland

sent in - eingesandt

I offered to leave my goods in security for payment of my freight: but the captain protested he would not receive one farthing. We took a kind leave of each other, and I made him promise he would come to see me at my house in Redriff. I hired a horse and guide for five shillings, which I borrowed of the captain.

freight - verfrachten; Fracht, Frachtgut

farthing - Groschen, Heller, Pfifferling, Pfennig

Guide - Leitfaden; lenken, führen, anleiten, leiten; Handbuch

shillings - Schillinge; Schilling, alte britische Münze im Wert von 5 Pence

borrowed - geliehen; leihen, entleihen

As I was on the road, observing the littleness of the houses, the trees, the cattle, and the people, I began to think myself in Lilliput. I was afraid of trampling on every traveller I met, and often called aloud to have them stand out of the way, so that I had like to have gotten one or two broken heads for my impertinence.

heads for - (head for) anfliegen, Kurs nehmen auf

When I came to my own house, for which I was forced to inquire, one of the servants opening the door, I bent down to go in, (like a goose under a gate,) for fear of striking my head. My wife run out to embrace me, but I stooped lower than her knees, thinking she could otherwise never be able to reach my mouth. My daughter kneeled to ask my blessing, but I could not see her till she arose, having been so long used to stand with my head and eyes erect to above sixty feet; and then I went to take her up with one hand by the waist.

goose - Gans

striking - auffällig; (strike); streichen; schlagen; prägen; streiken; scheinen; die Fahne streichen; Strike; Streik; Schlag

Embrace - umarmen; annehmen, Umarmung

stooped - gekrümmt; Buckel, sich beugen

kneeled - gekniet; knien

blessing - Segen, Segnung, Segnen, Segnen; (bless); Segen, Segnung, Segnen

arose - entstanden ist; sich erheben, aufstehen, entstehen, auftreten

I looked down upon the servants, and one or two friends who were in the house, as if they had been pigmies and I a giant. I told my wife, "she had been too thrifty, for I found she had starved herself and her daughter to nothing." In short, I behaved myself so unaccountably, that they were all of the captain's opinion when he first saw me, and concluded I had lost my wits. This I mention as an instance of the great power of habit and prejudice.

giant - Riese, Riesin, Gigant, Gigantin

thrifty - sparsam

starved - verhungert; verhungern, Hungers sterben, verhungern

behaved - benommen; benehmen

unaccountably - unerklärlich

great power - Großmacht

prejudice - Vorurteile; Vorurteil, Voreingenommenheit, vorgefasste Meinung

In a little time, I and my family and friends came to a right understanding: but my wife protested "I should never go to sea any more;" although my evil destiny so ordered, that she had not power to hinder me, as the reader may know hereafter. In the mean time, I here conclude the second part of my unfortunate voyages.

destiny - das Schicksal; Los, Geschick, Schicksal

unfortunate - unglücklich, unglückselig



The author sets out on his third voyage. Is taken by pirates. The malice of a Dutchman. His arrival at an island. He is received into Laputa.

sets out - (set out) ausgesetzt

pirates - Piraten; Pirat, Seeräuber, Korsar, Pirat, Raubkopierer

Dutchman - Niederländer, Holländer

I had not been at home above ten days, when Captain William Robinson, a Cornish man, commander of the Hopewell, a stout ship of three hundred tons, came to my house. I had formerly been surgeon of another ship where he was master, and a fourth part owner, in a voyage to the Levant. He had always treated me more like a brother, than an inferior officer; and, hearing of my arrival, made me a visit, as I apprehended only out of friendship, for nothing passed more than what is usual after long absences. But repeating his visits often, expressing his joy to find I me in good health, asking, "whether I were now settled for life?" adding, "that he intended a voyage to the East Indies in two months," at last he plainly invited me, though with some apologies, to be surgeon of the ship; "that I should have another surgeon under me, beside our two mates; that my salary should be double to the usual pay; and that having experienced my knowledge in sea-affairs to be at least equal to his, he would enter into any engagement to follow my advice, as much as if I had shared in the command.

stout - beleibt

part owner - Miteigentümer

absences - Abwesenheiten; Abwesenheit, Absenz, Abwesenheit, Fehlen

apologies - Entschuldigungen; Entschuldigung, Apologie

mates - Kumpels; schachmatt, Kamerad, Kameradin, verbinden; anpassen

enter into - einspringen

engagement - Verpflichtung; Bindung; Verlobung, Verlöbnis, Gefecht

He said so many other obliging things, and I knew him to be so honest a man, that I could not reject this proposal; the thirst I had of seeing the world, notwithstanding my past misfortunes, continuing as violent as ever. The only difficulty that remained, was to persuade my wife, whose consent however I at last obtained, by the prospect of advantage she proposed to her children.

reject - verwerfen, ablehnen, zurückweisen

persuade - überreden, gewinnen, verführen, bestechen

We set out the 5th day of August, 1706, and arrived at Fort St. George the 11th of April, 1707. We staid there three weeks to refresh our crew, many of whom were sick. From thence we went to Tonquin, where the captain resolved to continue some time, because many of the goods he intended to buy were not ready, nor could he expect to be dispatched in several months.

fort - Festung, Fort, Stützpunkt

George - Georg

refresh - erfrischen, erquicken, auffrischen, aktualisieren, neu laden

Therefore, in hopes to defray some of the charges he must be at, he bought a sloop, loaded it with several sorts of goods, wherewith the Tonquinese usually trade to the neighbouring islands, and putting fourteen men on board, whereof three were of the country, he appointed me master of the sloop, and gave me power to traffic, while he transacted his affairs at Tonquin.

defray - bestreiten, bezahlen, tragen, decken

sloop - Slup, Schaluppe

loaded - geladen; Last, Beschickung (Ladung), Belastung; beladen

sorts - Sorten; Sortierung, Gattung, Art, Sorte; sortieren, ordnen

transacted - abgewickelt; abwickeln

We had not sailed above three days, when a great storm arising, we were driven five days to the north-north-east, and then to the east: after which we had fair weather, but still with a pretty strong gale from the west. Upon the tenth day we were chased by two pirates, who soon overtook us; for my sloop was so deep laden, that she sailed very slow, neither were we in a condition to defend ourselves.

arising - entstehen; aufkommend, erhebend, entspringend

tenth - zehnten; zehnte

chased - gejagt; Chas

overtook - überholt; überholen, aufholen, überholen

We were boarded about the same time by both the pirates, who entered furiously at the head of their men; but finding us all prostrate upon our faces (for so I gave order), they pinioned us with strong ropes, and setting guard upon us, went to search the sloop.

boarded - an Bord; Brett, Tafel

furiously - wütend, heftig

prostrate - niedergeschlagen; niedergestreckt; niederwerfen, erniedrigen

pinioned - geklemmt; Getrieberad, Ritzel

I observed among them a Dutchman, who seemed to be of some authority, though he was not commander of either ship. He knew us by our countenances to be Englishmen, and jabbering to us in his own language, swore we should be tied back to back and thrown into the sea. I spoken Dutch tolerably well; I told him who we were, and begged him, in consideration of our being Christians and Protestants, of neighbouring countries in strict alliance, that he would move the captains to take some pity on us.

Englishmen - Engländer

jabbering - plappernd, Gelaber, Gelabere; (jabber) plappernd, Gelaber

consideration - Berücksichtigung; Erwägung, Überlegung, Rücksicht, Vergütung

Christians - Christen; Christ, Christin, Christian, christlich

Protestants - Protestanten; Protestant, Protestantin, protestantisch

alliance - Allianz, Zusammenschluss, Verbund

This inflamed his rage; he repeated his threatenings, and turning to his companions, spoke with great vehemence in the Japanese language, as I suppose, often using the word Christianos.

inflamed - entzündet; anzünden, entflammen, anregen, aufregen, erzürnen

vehemence - Heftigkeit, Vehemenz

Japanese language - japanische Sprache

The largest of the two pirate ships was commanded by a Japanese captain, who spoke a little Dutch, but very imperfectly. He came up to me, and after several questions, which I answered in great humility, he said, "we should not die." I made the captain a very low bow, and then, turning to the Dutchman, said, "I was sorry to find more mercy in a heathen, than in a brother christian." But I had soon reason to repent those foolish words: for that malicious reprobate, having often endeavoured in vain to persuade both the captains that I might be thrown into the sea (which they would not yield to, after the promise made me that I should not die), however, prevailed so far, as to have a punishment inflicted on me, worse, in all human appearance, than death itself.

pirate - Pirat, Seeräuber, Korsar, Raubkopierer, raubkopieren

Japanese - japanisch; Japaner (Japanerin; Japanese ); Japanisch

humility - Bescheidenheit, Demut

heathen - heidnisch; barbarisch, unzivilisiert, Heide, Heidin, Barbar

Christian - Christ, Christin, Christian, christlich

repent - bereuen

reprobate - verwerflich; verkommen, verwerfen

yield - Ertrag; hervorbringen, er/sie hat/hatte ergeben, weichen

appearance - Erscheinen, Auftritt, Aussehen

My men were sent by an equal division into both the pirate ships, and my sloop new manned. As to myself, it was determined that I should be set adrift in a small canoe, with paddles and a sail, and four days'provisions; which last, the Japanese captain was so kind to double out of his own stores, and would permit no man to search me. I got down into the canoe, while the Dutchman, standing upon the deck, loaded me with all the curses and injurious terms his language could afford.

Division - Teilung; Teil; Division; Abteilung

canoe - Kanu, Kanadier, paddeln

deck - Verdeck; jdm. eine knallen

curses - Verfluchungen; (cur) Hundesohn, Köter

injurious - schädlich

afford - leisten

About an hour before we saw the pirates I had taken an observation, and found we were in the latitude of 46 N. and longitude of 183. When I was at some distance from the pirates, I discovered, by my pocket-glass, several islands to the south-east. I set up my sail, the wind being fair, with a design to reach the nearest of those islands, which I made a shift to do, in about three hours.

It was all rocky: however I got many birds'eggs; and, striking fire, I kindled some heath and dry sea-weed, by which I roasted my eggs. I ate no other supper, being resolved to spare my provisions as much as I could. I passed the night under the shelter of a rock, strewing some heath under me, and slept pretty well.

Heath - Heide, Heide

weed - Unkraut; aussondern, ausscheiden; (wee) Unkraut; aussondern

Roasted - braten, rösten, Braten, Braten, gebraten

passed the night - nächtigte

strewing - streuend, bestreuend; (strew); streuen

The next day I sailed to another island, and thence to a third and fourth, sometimes using my sail, and sometimes my paddles. But, not to trouble the reader with a particular account of my distresses, let it suffice, that on the fifth day I arrived at the last island in my sight, which lay south-south-east to the former.

distresses - Nöte; Kummer, Bedrängnis, Drangsal, Bekümmerung, Not, Notlage

This island was at a greater distance than I expected, and I did not reach it in less than five hours. I encompassed it almost round, before I could find a convenient place to land in; which was a small creek, about three times the wideness of my canoe. I found the island to be all rocky, only a little intermingled with tufts of grass, and sweet-smelling herbs. I took out my small provisions and after having refreshed myself, I secured the remainder in a cave, whereof there were great numbers; I gathered plenty of eggs upon the rocks, and got a quantity of dry sea-weed, and parched grass, which I designed to kindle the next day, and roast my eggs as well as I could, for I had about me my flint, steel, match, and burning-glass. I lay all night in the cave where I had lodged my provisions. My bed was the same dry grass and sea-weed which I intended for fuel. I slept very little, for the disquiets of my mind prevailed over my weariness, and kept me awake. I considered how impossible it was to preserve my life in so desolate a place, and how miserable my end must be: yet found myself so listless and desponding, that I had not the heart to rise; and before I could get spirits enough to creep out of my cave, the day was far advanced.

wideness - Weite

tufts - Büschel

herbs - Kräuter; Kraut

cave - nachgeben, aufgeben; Höhle

parched - ausgedörrt; ausdörren, ausdörren, rösten

roast - braten; rösten; Braten; gebraten

Flint - Feuerstein; q

steel - verstählen; Stahl

burning - Verbrennen; brennend; Verbrennung; (burn) Verbrennen; brennend; Verbrennung

lodged - hinterlegt; Lodge, Loge, Loge, Biberburg, feststecken

fuel - Kraftstoff; Brennstoff; betanken; anheizen, schüren

awake - munter, wach; erwachen, aufwachen

listless - lasch, lustlos, antriebslos

desponding - verzweifelt; verzagend; (despond); verzagen

I walked awhile among the rocks: the sky was perfectly clear, and the sun so hot, that I was forced to turn my face from it: when all on a sudden it became obscure, as I thought, in a manner very different from what happens by the interposition of a cloud. I turned back, and perceived a vast opaque body between me and the sun moving forwards towards the island: it seemed to be about two miles high, and hid the sun six or seven minutes; but I did not observe the air to be much colder, or the sky more darkened, than if I had stood under the shade of a mountain. As it approached nearer over the place where I was, it appeared to be a firm substance, the bottom flat, smooth, and shining very bright, from the reflection of the sea below. I stood upon a height about two hundred yards from the shore, and saw this vast body descending almost to a parallel with me, at less than an English mile distance. I took out my pocket perspective, and could plainly discover numbers of people moving up and down the sides of it, which appeared to be sloping; but what those people where doing I was not able to distinguish.

obscure - obskur, dunkel, vernebelt, finster

interposition - Zwischenschaltung; Einfügen, Einwerfen, Einflechten

cloud - Wolke; verschleiern

opaque - matt, dunkel, undurchsichtig, undurchlässig, opak

darkened - verdunkelt; verdunkeln, verdunkeln

shade - Schatten; Vorhang; Farbton; schattieren

approached - angesprochen; sich nähern, nahekommen, ähnlich sein

shining - glänzen; Schienbein; hinaufklettern

moving up - aufrückend

sloping - Steigung, Hang, Abhang, Steigung, Steigung, Steigung, Ableitung

The natural love of life gave me some inward motion of joy, and I was ready to entertain a hope that this adventure might, some way or other, help to deliver me from the desolate place and condition I was in. But at the same time the reader can hardly conceive my astonishment, to behold an island in the air, inhabited by men, who were able (as it should seem) to raise or sink, or put it into progressive motion, as they pleased. But not being at that time in a disposition to philosophise upon this phenomenon, I rather chose to observe what course the island would take, because it seemed for awhile to stand still. Yet soon after, it advanced nearer, and I could see the sides of it encompassed with several gradations of galleries, and stairs, at certain intervals, to descend from one to the other.

love of life - Lebenslust

inward - innere; innen

sink - Waschbecken; sinken; senken, versenken, Spüle, Spülbecken

progressive - fortschrittlich, progressiv

philosophise - philosophieren

phenomenon - Phänomen, Erscheinung

stand still - Stillstandszeit

galleries - Galerien; Galerie, Galerie, Galerie, Galerie

intervals - Intervalle; Abstand, Zwischenraum, Intervall

descend from - herstammen

In the lowest gallery, I beheld some people fishing with long angling rods, and others looking on. I waved my cap (for my hat was long since worn out) and my handkerchief toward the island; and upon its nearer approach, I called and shouted with the utmost strength of my voice; and then looking circumspectly, I beheld a crowd gather to that side which was most in my view. I found by their pointing towards me and to each other, that they plainly discovered me, although they made no return to my shouting. But I could see four or five men running in great haste, up the stairs, to the top of the island, who then disappeared. I happened rightly to conjecture, that these were sent for orders to some person in authority upon this occasion.

angling - Angeln; (angle); Angel

rods - Ruten; Stange, Stock, Stab, Latte, Stange, Stab, Zeltstab

cap - Ventilkappe; Mütze, Haube, Kappe, Deckel; Laufflächenkrone

circumspectly - mit Bedacht

gather - sammeln, versammeln

shouting - Schreien, Geschrei; (shout); Schreien, Geschrei

disappeared - verschwunden; verschwinden, entschwinden

The number of people increased, and, in less than half all hour, the island was moved and raised in such a manner, that the lowest gallery appeared in a parallel of less then a hundred yards distance from the height where I stood. I then put myself in the most supplicating posture, and spoke in the humblest accent, but received no answer. Those who stood nearest over against me, seemed to be persons of distinction, as I supposed by their habit.

humblest - am bescheidensten; demütig, ergeben

They conferred earnestly with each other, looking often upon me. At length one of them called out in a clear, polite, smooth dialect, not unlike in sound to the Italian: and therefore I returned an answer in that language, hoping at least that the cadence might be more agreeable to his ears. Although neither of us understood the other, yet my meaning was easily known, for the people saw the distress I was in.

earnestly - ernsthaft

cadence - Rhythmus, Kadenz, Tonfall, Gleichschritt, Pedaltakt

They made signs for me to come down from the rock, and go towards the shore, which I accordingly did; and the flying island being raised to a convenient height, the verge directly over me, a chain was let down from the lowest gallery, with a seat fastened to the bottom, to which I fixed myself, and was drawn up by pulleys.


The humours and dispositions of the Laputians described. An account of their learning. Of the king and his court. The author's reception there. The inhabitants subject to fear and disquietudes. An account of the women.

humours - Stimmungen; Humor, Laune, Humor, Stimmung, Körpersaft, Saft

disquietudes - Beunruhigungen; Unruhe, Unwägbarkeit

At my alighting, I was surrounded with a crowd of people, but those who stood nearest seemed to be of better quality. They beheld me with all the marks and circumstances of wonder; neither indeed was I much in their debt, having never till then seen a race of mortals so singular in their shapes, habits, and countenances. Their heads were all reclined, either to the right, or the left; one of their eyes turned inward, and the other directly up to the zenith. Their outward garments were adorned with the figures of suns, moons, and stars; interwoven with those of fiddles, flutes, harps, trumpets, guitars, harpsichords, and many other instruments of music, unknown to us in Europe. I observed, here and there, many in the habit of servants, with a blown bladder, fastened like a flail to the end of a stick, which they carried in their hands. In each bladder was a small quantity of dried peas, or little pebbles, as I was afterwards informed. With these bladders, they now and then flapped the mouths and ears of those who stood near them, of which practice I could not then conceive the meaning. It seems the minds of these people are so taken up with intense speculations, that they neither can speak, nor attend to the discourses of others, without being roused by some external taction upon the organs of speech and hearing; for which reason, those persons who are able to afford it always keep a flapper (the original is climenole) in their family, as one of their domestics; nor ever walk abroad, or make visits, without him. And the business of this officer is, when two, three, or more persons are in company, gently to strike with his bladder the mouth of him who is to speak, and the right ear of him or them to whom the speaker addresses himself.

alighting - aussteigen; landen

surrounded - umgeben, umringen, umzingeln, umringen

debt - Schuld, Verbindlichkeit, Verpflichtung, Schulden

shapes - Zustand, Form, Form, Form, Gestalt, Form

reclined - zurückgelehnt; zurücklehnen, hinlegen, anlehnen

zenith - Scheitelpunkt; Zenit

garments - Kleidungsstücke; Kleidungsstück

fiddles - Fiedeln; Schiffsgeländer

flutes - Flöten; Flöte, Kannelierung

harpsichords - Cembalos; Spinett

blown - aufgeflogen; (to blow) blasen, wehen, pusten

flail - Flegel, Dreschflegel, Streitflegel, Kriegsflegel

dried - getrocknet; trocken, trocken, trocknen, trocknen, t+abtrocknen

peas - Erbsen; (pea) Erbsen

pebbles - Kieselsteine; Stein, Steinchen

bladders - Blasen; Blase, Blase, Blase

flapped - geflattert; Klappe, klappen

intense - intensiv; hochgradig

attend to - bedienen

external - außen-, extern, äußerlich

taction - tung

organs - Organe; Organ

flapper - Klapper

speaker - Sprecher, Sprecherin, Lautsprecher, Vorsitzender, Vorsitzende

This flapper is likewise employed diligently to attend his master in his walks, and upon occasion to give him a soft flap on his eyes; because he is always so wrapped up in cogitation, that he is in manifest danger of falling down every precipice, and bouncing his head against every post; and in the streets, of justling others, or being justled himself into the kennel.

flap - Klappe, klappen, Patte (an einer Tasche); Hosenklappe

cogitation - Nachdenken; Denkfähigkeit

falling down - umfallend

precipice - Abgrund, Steilhang

bouncing - Springen; abprallen, hüpfen, auf und ab hüpfen, platzen, hüpfen

kennel - Gosse, Zwinger, Hundezwinger

It was necessary to give the reader this information, without which he would be at the same loss with me to understand the proceedings of these people, as they conducted me up the stairs to the top of the island, and from thence to the royal palace.

conducted - durchgeführt; Leitung, Führung, leiten, führen, sich verhalten

While we were ascending, they forgot several times what they were about, and left me to myself, till their memories were again roused by their flappers; for they appeared altogether unmoved by the sight of my foreign habit and countenance, and by the shouts of the vulgar, whose thoughts and minds were more disengaged.

ascending - aufsteigend; steigen, aufsteigen

memories - Erinnerungen; Gedächtnis

flappers - Klappen; Klapper

shouts - schreit; Schrei, Zuruf; rufen, schreien, laut schreien

disengaged - losgelöst; ausklinken, aushaken, entkuppeln

At last we entered the palace, and proceeded into the chamber of presence, where I saw the king seated on his throne, attended on each side by persons of prime quality. Before the throne, was a large table filled with globes and spheres, and mathematical instruments of all kinds. His majesty took not the least notice of us, although our entrance was not without sufficient noise, by the concourse of all persons belonging to the court. But he was then deep in a problem; and we attended at least an hour, before he could solve it. There stood by him, on each side, a young page with flaps in their hands, and when they saw he was at leisure, one of them gently struck his mouth, and the other his right ear; at which he startled like one awaked on the sudden, and looking towards me and the company I was in, recollected the occasion of our coming, whereof he had been informed before. He spoke some words, whereupon immediately a young man with a flap came up to my side, and flapped me gently on the right ear; but I made signs, as well as I could, that I had no occasion for such an instrument; which, as I afterwards found, gave his majesty, and the whole court, a very mean opinion of my understanding.

seated - sitzend; Sitz, Sitzplatz, Sitzgelegenheit, Stuhl, Sitzmöbel

throne - Thron

spheres - Sphären; Kugel, Kugel, Sphäre, Bereich

entrance - Eingang, Einfahrt, Antritt

solve - lösen

flaps - Klappe, klappen, Patte (an einer Tasche); Hosenklappe

startled - erschrocken; aufschrecken, scheuen, erschrecken

recollected - erinnerte; sich erinnern an

The king, as far as I could conjecture, asked me several questions, and I addressed myself to him in all the languages I had. When it was found I could neither understand nor be understood, I was conducted by his order to an apartment in his palace (this prince being distinguished above all his predecessors for his hospitality to strangers), where two servants were appointed to attend me. My dinner was brought, and four persons of quality, whom I remembered to have seen very near the king's person, did me the honour to dine with me. We had two courses, of three dishes each. In the first course, there was a shoulder of mutton cut into an equilateral triangle, a piece of beef into a rhomboides, and a pudding into a cycloid. The second course was two ducks trussed up in the form of fiddles; sausages and puddings resembling flutes and hautboys, and a breast of veal in the shape of a harp. The servants cut our bread into cones, cylinders, parallelograms, and several other mathematical figures.

predecessors - Vorgängerinnen und Vorgänger; Vorgänger, Vorgängerin, Vorläufer

strangers - Fremde, Fremdling, Unbekannte

equilateral - gleichseitig

triangle - Dreieck; Triangel

cycloid - Zykloide, Radlaufkurve

ducks - Enten; untertauchen (in); Schiertuch, Ente, Segeltuch; kneifen

trussed - gefesselt; Bruchband

sausages - Wurst, Würstchen

puddings - Blutwurst, Pudding, Pudding, Pudding (1, 2, 4) de

veal - Kalbfleisch

harp - Harfe; auf (etwas) herumreiten

cones - Kegel, Kegelmantel, Kegel, Kegel, Zapfen

cylinders - Zylindern; Zylinder, Zylinder, Zylinder, Zylinder, Brennkammer

parallelograms - Parallelogramme; Parallelogramm

While we were at dinner, I made bold to ask the names of several things in their language, and those noble persons, by the assistance of their flappers, delighted to give me answers, hoping to raise my admiration of their great abilities if I could be brought to converse with them. I was soon able to call for bread and drink, or whatever else I wanted.

After dinner my company withdrew, and a person was sent to me by the king's order, attended by a flapper. He brought with him pen, ink, and paper, and three or four books, giving me to understand by signs, that he was sent to teach me the language. We sat together four hours, in which time I wrote down a great number of words in columns, with the translations over against them; I likewise made a shift to learn several short sentences; for my tutor would order one of my servants to fetch something, to turn about, to make a bow, to sit, or to stand, or walk, and the like. Then I took down the sentence in writing. He showed me also, in one of his books, the figures of the sun, moon, and stars, the zodiac, the tropics, and polar circles, together with the denominations of many plains and solids. He gave me the names and descriptions of all the musical instruments, and the general terms of art in playing on each of them.

columns - Spalten; Säule, Spalte, Spalte, Druckspalte, Kolumne, Kolonne

translations - Übersetzungen; Übersetzung, Übersetzen

tutor - Nachhilfelehrer; Privatunterricht geben; Lehrprogramm

turn about - kehrtmachen

Zodiac - Zodiac, Zodiak, Tierkreis

tropics - Tropen; Wendekreis, tropisch

polar - polar

circles - Kreis, Kreis, Kreis, Kreis, Zirkel, Kreis, Augenringe-p

denominations - Konfessionen; Benennung, Bezeichnung, Konfession, Stückelung

plains - Ebenen; unscheinbar, einfach, vollständige, ehrlich

solids - Feststoffe; fest, fest, massiv, kompakt, deftig, solide, robust

musical - musikalisch; Musical

After he had left me, I placed all my words, with their interpretations, in alphabetical order. And thus, in a few days, by the help of a very faithful memory, I got some insight into their language. The word, which I interpret the flying or floating island, is in the original Laputa, whereof I could never learn the true etymology. Lap, in the old obsolete language, signifies high; and untuh, a governor; from which they say, by corruption, was derived Laputa, from Lapuntuh. But I do not approve of this derivation, which seems to be a little strained. I ventured to offer to the learned among them a conjecture of my own, that Laputa was quasi lap outed; lap, signifying properly, the dancing of the sunbeams in the sea, and outed, a wing; which, however, I shall not obtrude, but submit to the judicious reader.

interpretations - Interpretationen; Interpretation, Auslegung, Interpretation

alphabetical order - alphabetische Ordnung

insight - Einblick; Einsicht; Gespür, Kundenverständnis, Ahnung, Eingebung

floating - schwebend; schwimmend, fließend, gleiten

etymology - Etymologie, Herkunft, Wortherkunft

obsolete - veraltet; verbraucht, zurück geblieben, altmodisch, obsolet

signifies - bedeutet; bedeuten

governor - Gouverneur, Gouverneurin, Regler

corruption - Korruption; Verderbnis, Verdorbenheit, Verkommenheit

derived - abgeleitet; erlangen, herleiten, ableiten, herleiten, ableiten

approve - billigen, genehmigen, zusagen

derivation - Ableitung; Derivation

quasi - quasi

properly - ordnungsgemäß, ordentlich, richtig, vernünftig

sunbeams - Sonnenstrahlen; Sonnenstrahl

obtrude - sich aufdrängen; aufdrängen

judicious - vernünftig

Those to whom the king had entrusted me, observing how ill I was clad, ordered a tailor to come next morning, and take measure for a suit of clothes. This operator did his office after a different manner from those of his trade in Europe. He first took my altitude by a quadrant, and then, with a rule and compasses, described the dimensions and outlines of my whole body, all which he entered upon paper; and in six days brought my clothes very ill made, and quite out of shape, by happening to mistake a figure in the calculation.

entrusted - anvertraut; anvertrauen

tailor to - zuschneiden auf

measure for - anmessen

operator - Betreiber; Telefonist, Telefonistin, Vermittlung, Operator

compasses - Kompasse; Kompass

dimensions - Abmessungen; Dimension, Dimension, Dimension, Dimension

outlines - Umrisse; Umriss, Kontur, Umriss, Skizze, Skizzierung

calculation - Berechnung

But my comfort was, that I observed such accidents very frequent, and little regarded.

During my confinement for want of clothes, and by an indisposition that held me some days longer, I much enlarged my dictionary; and when I went next to court, was able to understand many things the king spoke, and to return him some kind of answers. His majesty had given orders, that the island should move north-east and by east, to the vertical point over Lagado, the metropolis of the whole kingdom below, upon the firm earth. It was about ninety leagues distant, and our voyage lasted four days and a half. I was not in the least sensible of the progressive motion made in the air by the island.

indisposition - Unwohlsein; Unpässlichkeit

vertical - vertikal, senkrecht

On the second morning, about eleven o'clock, the king himself in person, attended by his nobility, courtiers, and officers, having prepared all their musical instruments, played on them for three hours without intermission, so that I was quite stunned with the noise; neither could I possibly guess the meaning, till my tutor informed me. He said that, the people of their island had their ears adapted to hear "the music of the spheres, which always played at certain periods, and the court was now prepared to bear their part, in whatever instrument they most excelled."

intermission - Unterbrechung, Pause

In our journey towards Lagado, the capital city, his majesty ordered that the island should stop over certain towns and villages, from whence he might receive the petitions of his subjects. And to this purpose, several packthreads were let down, with small weights at the bottom.

On these packthreads the people strung their petitions, which mounted up directly, like the scraps of paper fastened by school boys at the end of the string that holds their kite. Sometimes we received wine and victuals from below, which were drawn up by pulleys.

strung - bespannt; Schnur, Zeichenkette, String, Saite, String

scraps - Abfälle; ausrangieren; Abfallholz, Teil, Schrott

Their houses are very ill built, the walls bevil, without one right angle in any apartment; and this defect arises from the contempt they bear to practical geometry, which they despise as vulgar and mechanic; those instructions they give being too refined for the intellects of their workmen, which occasions perpetual mistakes. And although they are dexterous enough upon a piece of paper, in the management of the rule, the pencil, and the divider, yet in the common actions and behaviour of life, I have not seen a more clumsy, awkward, and unhandy people, nor so slow and perplexed in their conceptions upon all other subjects, except those of mathematics and music.

bevil - böse

right angle - rechter Winkel

arises from - entspringt

practical - praktisch; Praktikum

geometry - Geometrie, Raumlehre

mechanic - Mechaniker, Mechanikerin

refined - verfeinert; verfeinern

intellects - Intellektuelle; Intellekt

divider - Trennwand, Teiler

clumsy - tollpatschig, ungeschickt, unbeholfen, schwerfällig

awkward - peinlich; ungeschickt, unbeholfen, umständlich, tollpatschig

unhandy - unhandlich

perplexed - perplex; verwirren

They are very bad reasoners, and vehemently given to opposition, unless when they happen to be of the right opinion, which is seldom their case. Imagination, fancy, and invention, they are wholly strangers to, nor have any words in their language, by which those ideas can be expressed; the whole compass of their thoughts and mind being shut up within the two forementioned sciences.

reasoners - Denker; logischer Geist

vehemently - vehement

opposition - Opposition

forementioned - vorerwähnt

Most of them, and especially those who deal in the astronomical part, have great faith in judicial astrology, although they are ashamed to own it publicly. But what I chiefly admired, and thought altogether unaccountable, was the strong disposition I observed in them towards news and politics, perpetually inquiring into public affairs, giving their judgments in matters of state, and passionately disputing every inch of a party opinion.

astronomical - astronomisch

Faith - Glaube; Vertrauen

judicial astrology - Menschenastrologie

unaccountable - nicht rechenschaftspflichtig

judgments - Urteile; Urteil

passionately - leidenschaftlich

disputing - anfechten; Streit, Disput, Debatte, erörtern, bestreiten

I have indeed observed the same disposition among most of the mathematicians I have known in Europe, although I could never discover the least analogy between the two sciences; unless those people suppose, that because the smallest circle has as many degrees as the largest, therefore the regulation and management of the world require no more abilities than the handling and turning of a globe; but I rather take this quality to spring from a very common infirmity of human nature, inclining us to be most curious and conceited in matters where we have least concern, and for which we are least adapted by study or nature.

analogy - Analogie

regulation - Regeln; Regelung, Regulativ, Bestimmung, Verordnung

handling - Handhabung; Fahrverhalten, Warenumschlag

spring from - herrühren von

infirmity - Gebrechen; Gebrechlichkeit

inclining - geneigt; sich neigend, neigend; (incline); neigen; Neigung

most curious - neugierigste, kurioseste

conceited - Eingebildet; Eingebung, Einbildung, Konzept

They are so perpetually alarmed with the apprehensions of these, and the like impending dangers, that they can neither sleep quietly in their beds, nor have any relish for the common pleasures and amusements of life. When they meet an acquaintance in the morning, the first question is about the sun's health, how he looked at his setting and rising, and what hopes they have to avoid the stroke of the approaching comet.

impending - bevorstehend; bevorstehen, drohen, sich ankündigen

relish - genüsslich; Aroma, Geschmack, Genuß, Qualität

pleasures - Vergnügungen; Vergnügen

amusements - Vergnügungen; Amüsement

comet - Komet

This conversation they are apt to run into with the same temper that boys discover in delighting to hear terrible stories of spirits and hobgoblins, which they greedily listen to, and dare not go to bed for fear.

delighting - erfreuen; Freude, Entzückung, Wohlgefallen

hobgoblins - Kobolde; erman:

greedily - gierig

The women of the island have abundance of vivacity: they, contemn their husbands, and are exceedingly fond of strangers, whereof there is always a considerable number from the continent below, attending at court, either upon affairs of the several towns and corporations, or their own particular occasions, but are much despised, because they want the same endowments.

vivacity - Lebendigkeit

contemn - beschimpfen; verachten

exceedingly - übermäßig; überaus, äußerst, außerordentlich, ungemein

attending - teilnehmen; Oberarzt; (attend) teilnehmen; Oberarzt

corporations - Konzerne; Körperschaft, Aktiengesellschaft

despised - verachtet; verachten

Among these the ladies choose their gallants: but the vexation is, that they act with too much ease and security; for the husband is always so rapt in speculation, that the mistress and lover may proceed to the greatest familiarities before his face, if he be but provided with paper and implements, and without his flapper at his side.

gallants - Kavaliere; Galan (galanter Mann), galant, Verehrer

rapt - entzückt; hingerissen, gebannt, fasziniert, begeistert

speculation - Spekulationen; Spekulation, Betrachtung

lover - Geliebte, Liebhaber, Liebhaberin

familiarities - Vertrautheiten; Vertrautheit

implements - Geräte; Werkzeug

The wives and daughters lament their confinement to the island, although I think it the most delicious spot of ground in the world; and although they live here in the greatest plenty and magnificence, and are allowed to do whatever they please, they long to see the world, and take the diversions of the metropolis, which they are not allowed to do without a particular license from the king; and this is not easy to be obtained, because the people of quality have found, by frequent experience, how hard it is to persuade their women to return from below.

lament - wehklagen;Klage ;beklagen, jammern

do without - entbehren, entbehren können, es schaffen ohne, verzichten auf

the people of quality - die vornehme Welt

I was told that a great court lady, who had several children,-is married to the prime minister, the richest subject in the kingdom, a very graceful person, extremely fond of her, and lives in the finest palace of the island,-went down to Lagado on the pretence of health, there hid herself for several months, till the king sent a warrant to search for her; and she was found in an obscure eating-house all in rags, having pawned her clothes to maintain an old deformed footman, who beat her every day, and in whose company she was taken, much against her will. And although her husband received her with all possible kindness, and without the least reproach, she soon after contrived to steal down again, with all her jewels, to the same gallant, and has not been heard of since.

pretence - Vortäuschung; Vorwand

eating-house - (eating-house) Speisehaus

rags - Fummel, Lumpen, Putzlappen, Unfug

pawned - verpfändet; verpfänden; Bauer (Schach), Pfand

beat - schlagen; Schlag; jdn. bezwingen

steal - stehlen, entwenden, klauen, rauben, Schnäppchen, Diebstahl

gallant - Galan (galanter Mann), galant, Verehrer

This may perhaps pass with the reader rather for an European or English story, than for one of a country so remote. But he may please to consider, that the caprices of womankind are not limited by any climate or nation, and that they are much more uniform, than can be easily imagined.

caprices - Kapriolen; Laune

womankind - Frauenzimmer; weibliches Geschlecht, Frauenwelt

more uniform - einheitlichere

In about a month's time, I had made a tolerable proficiency in their language, and was able to answer most of the king's questions, when I had the honour to attend him.

proficiency - Kompetenz, Können, Begabung, Befähigung

His majesty discovered not the least curiosity to inquire into the laws, government, history, religion, or manners of the countries where I had been; but confined his questions to the state of mathematics, and received the account I gave him with great contempt and indifference, though often roused by his flapper on each side.


A phenomenon solved by modern philosophy and astronomy. The Laputians'great improvements in the latter. The king's method of suppressing insurrections.

solved - gelöst; lösen

astronomy - Astronomie, Sternkunde, Himmelskunde

improvements - Verbesserungen; Verbesserung

suppressing - unterdrücken, unterdrücken, unterdrücken

insurrections - Aufstände; Aufstand

I desired leave of this prince to see the curiosities of the island, which he was graciously pleased to grant, and ordered my tutor to attend me. I chiefly wanted to know, to what cause, in art or in nature, it owed its several motions, whereof I will now give a philosophical account to the reader.

philosophical - philosophisch

The flying or floating island is exactly circular, its diameter 7837 yards, or about four miles and a half, and consequently contains ten thousand acres. It is three hundred yards thick. The bottom, or under surface, which appears to those who view it below, is one even regular plate of adamant, shooting up to the height of about two hundred yards. Above it lie the several minerals in their usual order, and over all is a coat of rich mould, ten or twelve feet deep. The declivity of the upper surface, from the circumference to the centre, is the natural cause why all the dews and rains, which fall upon the island, are conveyed in small rivulets toward the middle, where they are emptied into four large basins, each of about half a mile in circuit, and two hundred yards distant from the centre.

circular - Kreis

acres - Hektar; Morgen, Acker, Joch

adamant - unnachgiebig, unerbittlich, felsenfest, rigoros

shooting - Schießen, Schießerei; (shoot); Schießen, Schießerei

minerals - Mineralien; Mineral

mould - Schimmel; Heizform, Form; Gussform, Gießform, Moder; formen

dews - Tauwetter; tauen; Tau

rivulets - Rinnsale; Flüsschen

basins - Becken

circuit - Umlauf; Schaltkreis; Bezirk

From these basins the water is continually exhaled by the sun in the daytime, which effectually prevents their overflowing. Besides, as it is in the power of the monarch to raise the island above the region of clouds and vapours, he can prevent the falling of dews and rain whenever he pleases. For the highest clouds cannot rise above two miles, as naturalists agree, at least they were never known to do so in that country.

continually - ständig, andauernd, immer wieder, immerzu

exhaled - ausgeatmet; ausatmen

daytime - tagsüber; heller Tag, Tageszeit

effectually - wirksam

overflowing - überschwemmt; überlaufend

region - Gegend, Region, Raum, Gebiet, Bezirk

vapours - Dämpfe; der Dampf

At the centre of the island there is a chasm about fifty yards in diameter, whence the astronomers descend into a large dome, which is therefore called flandona gagnole, or the astronomer's cave, situated at the depth of a hundred yards beneath the upper surface of the adamant. In this cave are twenty lamps continually burning, which, from the reflection of the adamant, cast a strong light into every part. The place is stored with great variety of sextants, quadrants, telescopes, astrolabes, and other astronomical instruments.

chasm - Abgrund, Kluft, Spalte

astronomers - Astronomen; Astronom, Astronomus, Himmelskundler

dome - Kuppel

variety - Vielfalt; Sorte; Varietät, Sprachform, Sprachvarietät

sextants - Sextanten; Sextant

quadrants - Quadranten; Quadrant, Quadrant

telescopes - Teleskope; Teleskop

astrolabes - Astrolabien; Astrolabium

But the greatest curiosity, upon which the fate of the island depends, is a loadstone of a prodigious size, in shape resembling a weaver's shuttle. It is in length six yards, and in the thickest part at least three yards over. This magnet is sustained by a very strong axle of adamant passing through its middle, upon which it plays, and is poised so exactly that the weakest hand can turn it. It is hooped round with a hollow cylinder of adamant, four feet yards in diameter, placed horizontally, and supported by eight adamantine feet, each six yards high. In the middle of the concave side, there is a groove twelve inches deep, in which the extremities of the axle are lodged, and turned round as there is occasion.

depends - abhängt; abhängen, ankommen

loadstone - Laststein

weaver - Weber, Weberin, Webervogel

shuttle - Weberschiffchen; Schützen, Webschützen, Pendelverkehr

magnet - Magnet

sustained - unterhalten, aufrechterhalten, versorgen, unterhalten

axle - Achse, Welle, Radachse

passing through - durchlaufend

poised - bereit; Gleichgewicht

weakest - am schwächsten; schwach, schwach, schwach, out, unschön

hooped - Reifen

cylinder - Zylinder, Brennkammer, Rolle

horizontally - Horizontal

concave - eingewölbt, konkav

The stone cannot be removed from its place by any force, because the hoop and its feet are one continued piece with that body of adamant which constitutes the bottom of the island.

Hoop - Reifen

constitutes - ausmacht; gründen, begründen, bilden, einrichten

By means of this loadstone, the island is made to rise and fall, and move from one place to another. For, with respect to that part of the earth over which the monarch presides, the stone is endued at one of its sides with an attractive power, and at the other with a repulsive. Upon placing the magnet erect, with its attracting end towards the earth, the island descends; but when the repelling extremity points downwards, the island mounts directly upwards.

presides - präsidiert; den Vorsitz haben, präsidieren

endued - ertragen; kleiden; bekleiden

attractive - attraktiv

repulsive - abstoßend

attracting - anziehend; anziehen, anziehen (1, 2)

Descends - Absteigt; absteigen, niedergehen, herunterkommen, herabsteigen

repelling - abweisend, zurückweisend; (repel); zurückweisen, abweisen

extremity - Extremität, äußerstes Ende, Äußerste, Extremste

mounts - Reittiere; Reittier, Berg, Lafette (Waffe); einbauen

When the position of the stone is oblique, the motion of the island is so too: for in this magnet, the forces always act in lines parallel to its direction.

position - Stellung, Position, Arbeitsplatz, Stelle, positionieren

oblique - schräg, schief, oblique

By this oblique motion, the island is conveyed to different parts of the monarch's dominions. To explain the manner of its progress, let A B represent a line drawn across the dominions of Balnibarbi, let the line c d represent the loadstone, of which let d be the repelling end, and c the attracting end, the island being over C: let the stone be placed in position c d, with its repelling end downwards; then the island will be driven upwards obliquely towards D. When it is arrived at D, let the stone be turned upon its axle, till its attracting end points towards E, and then the island will be carried obliquely towards E; where, if the stone be again turned upon its axle till it stands in the position E F, with its repelling point downwards, the island will rise obliquely towards F, where, by directing the attracting end towards G, the island may be carried to G, and from G to H, by turning the stone, so as to make its repelling extremity to point directly downward.

obliquely - schräg

directing - Regie führen; direkt, unmittelbar, beaufsichtigen, inszenieren

And thus, by changing the situation of the stone, as often as there is occasion, the island is made to rise and fall by turns in an oblique direction, and by those alternate risings and fallings (the obliquity being not considerable) is conveyed from one part of the dominions to the other.

turns in - (turn in) einreichen

alternate - alternativ; alternierend, wechselnd, abwechselnd, Wechsel-

risings - Erhöhungen; steigend, aufgehend

fallings - fallend, abstürzend

obliquity - Schieflage; Unregelmäßigkeit, Schiefheit, Schiefe

But it must be observed, that this island cannot move beyond the extent of the dominions below, nor can it rise above the height of four miles.

For which the astronomers (who have written large systems concerning the stone) assign the following reason: that the magnetic virtue does not extend beyond the distance of four miles, and that the mineral, which acts upon the stone in the bowels of the earth, and in the sea about six leagues distant from the shore, is not diffused through the whole globe, but terminated with the limits of the king's dominions; and it was easy, from the great advantage of such a superior situation, for a prince to bring under his obedience whatever country lay within the attraction of that magnet.

systems - Systeme; System

assign - zuweisen; zuteilen

magnetic - magnetisch; anziehend

mineral - Mineral

bowels - Därme; Dickdarm, Darm, Inneres

diffused - verbreiten, diffundieren, sich vermischen; diffus (Licht)

limits - Begrenzung, Grenze, Obergrenze; begrenzen

Attraction - Anziehung, Anziehungskraft, Reiz, Liebreiz, Attraktion

When the stone is put parallel to the plane of the horizon, the island stands still; for in that case the extremities of it, being at equal distance from the earth, act with equal force, the one in drawing downwards, the other in pushing upwards, and consequently no motion can ensue.

ensue - folgen, ansetzen, erfolgen, nachfolgen

This loadstone is under the care of certain astronomers, who, from time to time, give it such positions as the monarch directs. They spend the greatest part of their lives in observing the celestial bodies, which they do by the assistance of glasses, far excelling ours in goodness. For, although their largest telescopes do not exceed three feet, they magnify much more than those of a hundred with us, and show the stars with greater clearness. This advantage has enabled them to extend their discoveries much further than our astronomers in Europe; for they have made a catalogue of ten thousand fixed stars, whereas the largest of ours do not contain above one third part of that number.

positions - Positionen; Stellung, Position, Position, Arbeitsplatz, Stelle

directs - dirigiert; direkt, unmittelbar, beaufsichtigen, inszenieren

celestial bodies - Himmelskörper

excelling - ausstechend, übertreffend; (excel); ausstechen, übersteigen

goodness - Güte, Gütigkeit

magnify - vergrößern

clearness - Klarheit; Ăśbersichtlichkeit, Deutlichkeit

catalogue - Katalog, Liste, Verzeichnis

fixed stars - Fixsterne

They have likewise discovered two lesser stars, or satellites, which revolve about Mars; whereof the innermost is distant from the centre of the primary planet exactly three of his diameters, and the outermost, five; the former revolves in the space of ten hours, and the latter in twenty-one and a half; so that the squares of their periodical times are very near in the same proportion with the cubes of their distance from the centre of Mars; which evidently shows them to be governed by the same law of gravitation that influences the other heavenly bodies.

lesser - abzgl. abzüglich, weniger, kleiner, wenig

satellites - Satelliten; Begleiter, Gefolgsmann, Trabant, Begleiter

Mars - schädigt, Mars; (Mar) schädigt, Mars

innermost - innersten; innerst

primary - primär; Vorwahl; Handschwinge

planet - Planet, Wandelstern

diameters - Durchmessern; Durchmesser, Durchmesser

outermost - ganz außen

revolves - Dreht sich; drehen

periodical - Zeitschrift; Periodikum

cubes - dritte Potenz, Würfel

evidently - offensichtlich

law of gravitation - Gravitationsgesetz

influences - Einflüsse; Einfluss, Beeinflussung, Einfluss, Beeinflusser

heavenly bodies - Weltkörper

They have observed ninety-three different comets, and settled their periods with great exactness. If this be true (and they affirm it with great confidence) it is much to be wished, that their observations were made public, whereby the theory of comets, which at present is very lame and defective, might be brought to the same perfection with other arts of astronomy.

comets - Kometen; Komet

theory - Theorie

lame - lähmen; lahm

The king would be the most absolute prince in the universe, if he could but prevail on a ministry to join with him; but these having their estates below on the continent, and considering that the office of a favourite has a very uncertain tenure, would never consent to the enslaving of their country.

estates - Nachlässe; Stand, Gut

uncertain - unsicher

tenure - Besitz; Amtszeit; Bekleidung, Innehaben, Besitztitel

enslaving - versklaven

But there is still indeed a more weighty reason, why the kings of this country have been always averse from executing so terrible an action, unless upon the utmost necessity.

weighty - wichtig; schwergewichtig

averse - abgeneigt

executing - hinrichten, ausführen, durchführen, ausführen

For, if the town intended to be destroyed should have in it any tall rocks, as it generally falls out in the larger cities, a situation probably chosen at first with a view to prevent such a catastrophe; or if it abound in high spires, or pillars of stone, a sudden fall might endanger the bottom or under surface of the island, which, although it consist, as I have said, of one entire adamant, two hundred yards thick, might happen to crack by too great a shock, or burst by approaching too near the fires from the houses below, as the backs, both of iron and stone, will often do in our chimneys. Of all this the people are well apprised, and understand how far to carry their obstinacy, where their liberty or property is concerned. And the king, when he is highest provoked, and most determined to press a city to rubbish, orders the island to descend with great gentleness, out of a pretence of tenderness to his people, but, indeed, for fear of breaking the adamantine bottom; in which case, it is the opinion of all their philosophers, that the loadstone could no longer hold it up, and the whole mass would fall to the ground.

be destroyed - untergehen

falls out - (fall out) ausfallen

catastrophe - eine Katastrophe; Katastrophe, Unglück

spires - Türme; Turmspitze, Spitze (Turm-)

crack - Riss, Knall, Aufbruch, Bresche; aufbrechen, knallen, platzen

shock - Schock, Betroffenheit, Empörung, Schlag, Stoß

chimneys - Schornsteine; Kamin, Esse, Schlot, Schornstein, Kamin, Schlot

apprised - benachrichtigt; benachrichtigen

obstinacy - Hartnäckigkeit; Sturheit, Eigensinn

property - Eigentum, Besitz, Anwesen, Grundbesitz, Grundstück, Eigenschaft

provoked - provoziert; provozieren, aufreizen, aufwühlen, aufhetzen

most determined - zielstrebigste

mass - Masse; Messe (kirchlich), Gottesdienst, Menge

fall to - zufallen

By a fundamental law of this realm, neither the king, nor either of his two eldest sons, are permitted to leave the island; nor the queen, till she is past child-bearing.

bearing - tragend, Manieren, Lager (Maschinenbau); (bear) tragend


The author leaves Laputa; is conveyed to Balnibarbi; arrives at the metropolis. A description of the metropolis, and the country adjoining. The author hospitably received by a great lord. His conversation with that lord.

arrives at - gelangt

adjoining - angrenzend

hospitably - gastfreundlich

Although I cannot say that I was ill treated in this island, yet I must confess I thought myself too much neglected, not without some degree of contempt; for neither prince nor people appeared to be curious in any part of knowledge, except mathematics and music, wherein I was far their inferior, and upon that account very little regarded.

neglected - vernachlässigt; vernachlässigen, verabsäumen, versäumen

On the other side, after having seen all the curiosities of the island, I was very desirous to leave it, being heartily weary of those people. They were indeed excellent in two sciences for which I have great esteem, and wherein I am not unversed; but, at the same time, so abstracted and involved in speculation, that I never met with such disagreeable companions.

unversed - unerfahren

abstracted - abstrahiert; Auszug, Zusammenfassung, abstrakt, abstrakt

Involved - Involviert; umfassen, etwas komplizieren, gehen um, verwirren

I conversed only with women, tradesmen, flappers, and court-pages, during two months of my abode there; by which, at last, I rendered myself extremely contemptible; yet these were the only people from whom I could ever receive a reasonable answer.

conversed - unterhielten; Umkehrung, umgekehrt, Gegenteil

tradesmen - Gewerbetreibende; Handwerker, Facharbeiter, gelernter Arbeiter

abode - Aufenthalt, bleiben, Wohnsitz

I had obtained, by hard study, a good degree of knowledge in their language: I was weary of being confined to an island where I received so little countenance, and resolved to leave it with the first opportunity.

There was a great lord at court, nearly related to the king, and for that reason alone used with respect. He was universally reckoned the most ignorant and stupid person among them. He had performed many eminent services for the crown, had great natural and acquired parts, adorned with integrity and honour; but so ill an ear for music, that his detractors reported, "he had been often known to beat time in the wrong place;" neither could his tutors, without extreme difficulty, teach him to demonstrate the most easy proposition in the mathematics.

stupid - dumm, doof, blöd, Dummkopf

acquired - erworben; erwerben, erwerben, akquirieren

detractors - Lästerer, Verleumder, Lästermaul

beat time - taktieren, den Takt schlagen

tutors - Tutoren; Privatunterricht geben; Lehrprogramm, Begleiter, Lehrer

demonstrate - demonstrieren, aufzeigen

proposition - Vorschlag; Satz

He was pleased to show me many marks of favour, often did me the honour of a visit, desired to be informed in the affairs of Europe, the laws and customs, the manners and learning of the several countries where I had travelled. He listened to me with great attention, and made very wise observations on all I spoke. He had two flappers attending him for state, but never made use of them, except at court and in visits of ceremony, and would always command them to withdraw, when we were alone together.

I entreated this illustrious person, to intercede in my behalf with his majesty, for leave to depart; which he accordingly did, as he was pleased to tell me, with regret: for indeed he had made me several offers very advantageous, which, however, I refused, with expressions of the highest acknowledgment.

behalf - für; Vorteil, Nutzen, Interesse

regret - bedauern, bereuen, leidtun, Reue, Bedauern

On the 16th of February I took leave of his majesty and the court. The king made me a present to the value of about two hundred pounds English, and my protector, his kinsman, as much more, together with a letter of recommendation to a friend of his in Lagado, the metropolis. The island being then hovering over a mountain about two miles from it, I was let down from the lowest gallery, in the same manner as I had been taken up.

protector - Beschützer

kinsman - Verwandten; Verwandter, Angehöriger, Landsmann

recommendation - Empfehlung

The continent, as far as it is subject to the monarch of the flying island, passes under the general name of Balnibarbi; and the metropolis, as I said before, is called Lagado.

passes - Pässe; Schritt

I felt some little satisfaction in finding myself on firm ground. I walked to the city without any concern, being clad like one of the natives, and sufficiently instructed to converse with them. I soon found out the person's house to whom I was recommended, presented my letter from his friend the grandee in the island, and was received with much kindness. This great lord, whose name was Munodi, ordered me an apartment in his own house, where I continued during my stay, and was entertained in a most hospitable manner.

grandee - Grande

hospitable - gastfreundlich, gastfrei

The next morning after my arrival, he took me in his chariot to see the town, which is about half the bigness of London; but the houses very strangely built, and most of them out of repair. The people in the streets walked fast, looked wild, their eyes fixed, and were generally in rags.

chariot - Streitwagen; Triumphwagen

repair - reparieren, instandsetzen, ausbessern

We passed through one of the town gates, and went about three miles into the country, where I saw many labourers working with several sorts of tools in the ground, but was not able to conjecture what they were about: neither did observe any expectation either of corn or grass, although the soil appeared to be excellent. I could not forbear admiring at these odd appearances, both in town and country; and I made bold to desire my conductor, that he would be pleased to explain to me, what could be meant by so many busy heads, hands, and faces, both in the streets and the fields, because I did not discover any good effects they produced; but, on the contrary, I never knew a soil so unhappily cultivated, houses so ill contrived and so ruinous, or a people whose countenances and habit expressed so much misery and want.

tools - Werkzeuge; Gerät

admiring - bewundern, verehren, hochschätzen

appearances - Erscheinungen; Erscheinen

conductor - Dirigent, Dirigentin, Schaffner, Leiter

Unhappily - unglücklich, unglücklicherweise

ruinous - ruinös; verderblich

misery - Misere, Elend

This lord Munodi was a person of the first rank, and had been some years governor of Lagado; but, by a cabal of ministers, was discharged for insufficiency. However, the king treated him with tenderness, as a well-meaning man, but of a low contemptible understanding.

insufficiency - Unzulänglichkeit; Insuffizienz

When I gave that free censure of the country and its inhabitants, he made no further answer than by telling me, "that I had not been long enough among them to form a judgment; and that the different nations of the world had different customs;" with other common topics to the same purpose. But, when we returned to his palace, he asked me "how I liked the building, what absurdities I observed, and what quarrel I had with the dress or looks of his domestics?" This he might safely do; because every thing about him was magnificent, regular, and polite.

quarrel - sich streiten, zanken

I answered, "that his excellency's prudence, quality, and fortune, had exempted him from those defects, which folly and beggary had produced in others." He said, "if I would go with him to his country-house, about twenty miles distant, where his estate lay, there would be more leisure for this kind of conversation." I told his excellency "that I was entirely at his disposal;" and accordingly we set out next morning.

beggary - Betteln

During our journey he made me observe the several methods used by farmers in managing their lands, which to me were wholly unaccountable; for, except in some very few places, I could not discover one ear of corn or blade of grass. But, in three hours travelling, the scene was wholly altered; we came into a most beautiful country; farmers'houses, at small distances, neatly built; the fields enclosed, containing vineyards, corn-grounds, and meadows. Neither do I remember to have seen a more delightful prospect.

managing - verwalten, leiten, hinbekommen, schaffen, schaffen

blade of grass - Grashalm

vineyards - Weinberge; Weinberg, Weingarten

meadows - Wiesen; Wiese, Weide, Aue

more delightful - entzückendere

His excellency observed my countenance to clear up; he told me, with a sigh, "that there his estate began, and would continue the same, till we should come to his house: that his countrymen ridiculed and despised him, for managing his affairs no better, and for setting so ill an example to the kingdom; which, however, was followed by very few, such as were old, and wilful, and weak like himself."

clear up - aufklären

sigh - Seufzen, Seufzer, Säuseln (Wind); säuseln (Wind)

countrymen - Landsmänner; Landsmann, Landsmännin, Landsmann, Landsmännin

ridiculed - lächerlich gemacht; verhöhnen, verspotten; Spott

wilful - vorsätzlich, absichtlich, willentlich, eigenwillig, eigensinnig

We came at length to the house, which was indeed a noble structure, built according to the best rules of ancient architecture. The fountains, gardens, walks, avenues, and groves, were all disposed with exact judgment and taste. I gave due praises to every thing I saw, whereof his excellency took not the least notice till after supper; when, there being no third companion, he told me with a very melancholy air "that he doubted he must throw down his houses in town and country, to rebuild them after the present mode; destroy all his plantations, and cast others into such a form as modern usage required, and give the same directions to all his tenants, unless he would submit to incur the censure of pride, singularity, affectation, ignorance, caprice, and perhaps increase his majesty's displeasure; that the admiration I appeared to be under would cease or diminish, when he had informed me of some particulars which, probably, I never heard of at court, the people there being too much taken up in their own speculations, to have regard to what passed here below.

structure - Struktur, Datenstruktur, strukturieren

architecture - Architektur, Baustil

fountains - Springbrunnen, Fontäne, Brunnen

avenues - Alleen; Allee

groves - Hainen; Hain, Gehölz

taste - Geschmack, Schmecken, kosten, probieren

rebuild - wiederherstellen; wiederaufbauen, umbauen

mode - Betriebsart, Betrieb, Modus, Art

usage - Verwendung, Benutzung, Anwendung, Brauch, Gebrauch

tenants - Pächter, Mieter

Singularity - Eigenheit; Singularität

affectation - Affektiertheit; Geschraubtheit

caprice - Launenhaftigkeit; Laune

cease - aufhören, einstellen

diminish - vermindern, verkleinern, reduzieren, verringern, schrumpfen

The sum of his discourse was to this effect: "That about forty years ago, certain persons went up to Laputa, either upon business or diversion, and, after five months continuance, came back with a very little smattering in mathematics, but full of volatile spirits acquired in that airy region: that these persons, upon their return, began to dislike the management of every thing below, and fell into schemes of putting all arts, sciences, languages, and mechanics, upon a new foot. To this end, they procured a royal patent for erecting an academy of projectors in Lagado; and the humour prevailed so strongly among the people, that there is not a town of any consequence in the kingdom without such an academy. In these colleges the professors contrive new rules and methods of agriculture and building, and new instruments, and tools for all trades and manufactures; whereby, as they undertake, one man shall do the work of ten; a palace may be built in a week, of materials so durable as to last for ever without repairing. All the fruits of the earth shall come to maturity at whatever season we think fit to choose, and increase a hundred fold more than they do at present; with innumerable other happy proposals. The only inconvenience is, that none of these projects are yet brought to perfection; and in the mean time, the whole country lies miserably waste, the houses in ruins, and the people without food or clothes. By all which, instead of being discouraged, they are fifty times more violently bent upon prosecuting their schemes, driven equally on by hope and despair: that as for himself, being not of an enterprising spirit, he was content to go on in the old forms, to live in the houses his ancestors had built, and act as they did, in every part of life, without innovation: that some few other persons of quality and gentry had done the same, but were looked on with an eye of contempt and ill-will, as enemies to art, ignorant, and ill common-wealth's men, preferring their own ease and sloth before the general improvement of their country.

continuance - Fortbestand; Dauer

volatile - volatil, flüchtig, verdunstend, schwankend, unbeständig

airy - luftig; belüftet, gelüftet, zugig, umweht

dislike - Abneigung; Unbehagen; ablehnen

patent - Patent

manufactures - herstellt; Produktion, Herstellung, Produkt, herstellen

durable - strapazierfähig, haltbar, dauerhaft

repairing - reparieren, instandsetzen, ausbessern

maturity - Reife

season - Jahreszeit, Saison; abschmecken (würzen), würzen

fold - falten, zusammenlegen, verschränken (Arme); Falte, gefaltete

innumerable - Unzählige

proposals - Vorschläge; Vorschlag, Heiratsantrag

lies - Lügen; (lie down) sich hinlegen

miserably - miserabel

ruins - Ruinen; Ruine, Ruin, Ruin, ruinieren, auf die Knie zwingen

discouraged - entmutigt; entmutigen, abschrecken, abraten, abraten von

prosecuting - strafrechtlich verfolgen; gerichtlich belangen qualifier

despair - verzweifeln; Verzweiflung

enterprising - unternehmungslustig, unternehmerisch

innovation - Innovation, Novität

ill-will - (ill-will) Groll

wealth - Reichtum, Vermögen, Fülle

sloth - Trägheit, Faulheit, Müßiggang, Faultier

His lordship added, "That he would not, by any further particulars, prevent the pleasure I should certainly take in viewing the grand academy, whither he was resolved I should go." He only desired me to observe a ruined building, upon the side of a mountain about three miles distant, of which he gave me this account: "That he had a very convenient mill within half a mile of his house, turned by a current from a large river, and sufficient for his own family, as well as a great number of his tenants; that about seven years ago, a club of those projectors came to him with proposals to destroy this mill, and build another on the side of that mountain, on the long ridge whereof a long canal must be cut, for a repository of water, to be conveyed up by pipes and engines to supply the mill, because the wind and air upon a height agitated the water, and thereby made it fitter for motion, and because the water, descending down a declivity, would turn the mill with half the current of a river whose course is more upon a level.

current - Strömung; Strom; gegenwärtig, aktuell, zeitnah

Canal - Kanal, Gang

repository - Endlager; Ablage, Depot, Archiv

pipes - Rohre; Flöte, Orgelpfeife, Rohr

agitated - aufgewühlt; aufwühlen, aufrühren, rühren, schütteln, umrühren

fitter - Monteur, Einrichter; (fit) Monteur, Einrichter

He said, "that being then not very well with the court, and pressed by many of his friends, he complied with the proposal; and after employing a hundred men for two years, the work miscarried, the projectors went off, laying the blame entirely upon him, railing at him ever since, and putting others upon the same experiment, with equal assurance of success, as well as equal disappointment."

employing - Anstellung; einstellen, anstellen, anwerben, einsetzen

miscarried - eine Fehlgeburt; eine Fehlgeburt haben, misslingen

laying - Auflegen, legend; (lay) Auflegen, legend

blame - jemadem die Schuld zuweisen

railing - Geländer; (rail); Geländer

assurance - Sicherheit; Zusicherung, Versicherung, Zusage, Beteuerung

disappointment - Enttäuschung, Verdruss, Misserfolg, Fehlschlag, Reinfall

In a few days we came back to town; and his excellency, considering the bad character he had in the academy, would not go with me himself, but recommended me to a friend of his, to bear me company thither. My lord was pleased to represent me as a great admirer of projects, and a person of much curiosity and easy belief; which, indeed, was not without truth; for I had myself been a sort of projector in my younger days.

admirer - Bewunderer, Bewundrerin, Bewunderin

projector - Projektor


The author permitted to see the grand academy of Lagado. The academy largely described. The arts wherein the professors employ themselves.

This academy is not an entire single building, but a continuation of several houses on both sides of a street, which growing waste, was purchased and applied to that use.

continuation - Fortsetzung

purchased - gekauft; Einkauf, Kauf, Kauf, Anschaffung, Anschaffung, kaufen

I was received very kindly by the warden, and went for many days to the academy. Every room has in it one or more projectors; and I believe I could not be in fewer than five hundred rooms.

kindly - freundlich, freundlicherweise, gütig, liebenswürdig

warden - Aufseher; der Direktor / die Direktorin

The first man I saw was of a meagre aspect, with sooty hands and face, his hair and beard long, ragged, and singed in several places. His clothes, shirt, and skin, were all of the same colour. He has been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put in phials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw inclement summers. He told me, he did not doubt, that, in eight years more, he should be able to supply the governor's gardens with sunshine, at a reasonable rate: but he complained that his stock was low, and entreated me "to give him something as an encouragement to ingenuity, especially since this had been a very dear season for cucumbers.

meagre - notdürftig (knapp, spärlich); karg (Einkommen, Mahl), mager

aspect - Aspekt, Aktionsart

sooty - verrußt; rußig; rußen

ragged - zottig, dilettantisch, struppig, zerlumpt; (rag) zottig

singed - versengt; versengen

extracting - extrahieren; Auszug, Auszug, Extrakt

cucumbers - Salatgurken; Gurke, Gurke, Salatgurke

phials - Fläschchen

hermetically sealed - luftabgeschlossen

raw - roh; Roh-; rau

inclement - unfreundlich

sunshine - Sonnenschein

I made him a small present, for my lord had furnished me with money on purpose, because he knew their practice of begging from all who go to see them.

I went into another chamber, but was ready to hasten back, being almost overcome with a horrible stink. My conductor pressed me forward, conjuring me in a whisper "to give No offence, which would be highly resented;" and therefore I durst not so much as stop my nose. The projector of this cell was the most ancient student of the academy; his face and beard were of a pale yellow; his hands and clothes daubed over with filth. When I was presented to him, he gave me a close embrace, a compliment I could well have excused.

hasten back - zurückeilen

stink - stinken, riechen, müffeln, Gestank

conjuring - zaubernd

No offence - Nichts für ungut!

pale yellow - hellgelb, weißgelb

filth - Schmutz, Dreck

compliment - Kompliment, Lob, Anerkennung, Achtungsbezeugung

His employment, from his first coming into the academy, was an operation to reduce human excrement to its original food, by separating the several parts, removing the tincture which it receives from the gall, making the odour exhale, and scumming off the saliva. He had a weekly allowance, from the society, of a vessel filled with human ordure, about the bigness of a Bristol barrel.

reduce - reduzieren, herabsetzen, vermindern, abnehmen, checkreduzieren

separating - einzeln, getrennt, separat, getrennt, separat, trennen

removing - entfernen, beseitigen, verdrängen, umziehen

Receives - Erhält; bekommen, erhalten, empfangen, kriegen, empfangen

gall - Galle

odour - Geruch

exhale - ausatmen

scumming - Abschaum; abschäumend; (scum); Abschaum; q

saliva - Speichel

Society - Gesellschaft

ordure - Kot, Schmutz

I saw another at work to calcine ice into gunpowder; who likewise showed me a treatise he had written concerning the malleability of fire, which he intended to publish.

calcine - calcinieren, kalzinieren, ausglühen, brennen

gunpowder - Schießpulver

malleability - Formbarkeit; Schmiedbarkeit, Biegsamkeit, Geschmeidigkeit

There was a most ingenious architect, who had contrived a new method for building houses, by beginning at the roof, and working downward to the foundation; which he justified to me, by the like practice of those two prudent insects, the bee and the spider.

Architect - Architekt, Architektin

foundation - Gründung; Grundlage; Fundament, Stiftung, Foundation

bee - Wettbewerb, Biene

There was a man born blind, who had several apprentices in his own condition: their employment was to mix colours for painters, which their master taught them to distinguish by feeling and smelling. It was indeed my misfortune to find them at that time not very perfect in their lessons, and the professor himself happened to be generally mistaken. This artist is much encouraged and esteemed by the whole fraternity.

blind - blind, unkritisch, ignorant, Jalousie, Blind, Blinder, Blinde

Mix - verrühren, mischen, mixen, vermischen, versetzen

painters - Malern; Lackierer, Kunstmaler, Maler

Fraternity - Bruderschaft; Gemeinschaft, Vereinigung, Verbindung

In another apartment I was highly pleased with a projector who had found a device of ploughing the ground with hogs, to save the charges of ploughs, cattle, and labour. The method is this: in an acre of ground you bury, at six inches distance and eight deep, a quantity of acorns, dates, chestnuts, and other mast or vegetables, whereof these animals are fondest; then you drive six hundred or more of them into the field, where, in a few days, they will root up the whole ground in search of their food, and make it fit for sowing, at the same time manuring it with their dung: it is true, upon experiment, they found the charge and trouble very great, and they had little or no crop.

device - Gerät, Apparat, Einheit, Instrument

ploughing - pflügend; (plough); Pflug; pflügen; ficken

hogs - Schweine; Schwein

ploughs - Pflug, pflügen, pflügen, ficken

Acre - Morgen, Acker, Joch, Joch Landes

acorns - Eicheln; Eichel

chestnuts - Kastanie, Esskastanie, Kastanienbraun

fondest - am liebsten; (to be fond of sb/sth) jemanden/etwas gerne mögen

root - wurzeln; Haupt, Wurzel, Nullstelle [math.]

fit for - geeignet zu

sowing - Aussaat, Saat, säend, Säen; (sow) Aussaat, Saat, säend, Säen

manuring - düngen, Mist, Dung, Odel

dung - düngen; Dung

crop - Ernte, Haarschnitt, Schnitt

However it is not doubted, that this invention may be capable of great improvement.

I went into another room, where the walls and ceiling were all hung round with cobwebs, except a narrow passage for the artist to go in and out. At my entrance, he called aloud to me, "not to disturb his webs." He lamented "the fatal mistake the world had been so long in, of using silkworms, while we had such plenty of domestic insects who infinitely excelled the former, because they understood how to weave, as well as spin." And he proposed further, "that by employing spiders, the charge of dyeing silks should be wholly saved;" whereof I was fully convinced, when he showed me a vast number of flies most beautifully coloured, wherewith he fed his spiders, assuring us "that the webs would take a tincture from them; and as he had them of all hues, he hoped to fit everybody's fancy, as soon as he could find proper food for the flies, of certain gums, oils, and other glutinous matter, to give a strength and consistence to the threads.

cobwebs - Spinnweben; Spinnengewebe, Spinnwebe, Spinnennetz

disturb - stören

silkworms - Seidenraupen; Seidenspinner, Seidenraupe

weave - ich/er/sie wöbe, ich/er/sie wob, webte, weben

spin - durchdrehen, spinnen

employing - Anstellung; Beschäftigter, Arbeitnehmer, Angestellter

spiders - Spinnen; Spinne

Dyeing - färbend, Einfärbung; (dye) färbend, Einfärbung

saved - gerettet; retten, erretten, sichern, speichern, sparen

beautifully - schön

assuring - sichern, versichern

hues - Schattierungen; Farbe, Tönung, Geschrei, Farbton

gums - Zahnfleisch; Gummi, Klebgummi, Harz

oils - ölen; Ă–l

glutinous - klebrig

consistence - Konsistenz (1; 2)

There was an astronomer, who had undertaken to place a sun-dial upon the great weathercock on the town-house, by adjusting the annual and diurnal motions of the earth and sun, so as to answer and coincide with all accidental turnings of the wind.

astronomer - Astronomen; Astronom, Astronomus, Himmelskundler

undertaken - unternommen; unternehmen, ausführen, verpflichten

dial - Zifferblatt; Wählscheibe; wählen

weathercock - Wetterhahn; Wetterfahne

town-house - (town-house) Stadthaus

adjusting - Einstellen; anpassen, abstimmen, ausrichten, justieren

diurnal - tagesaktiv; tagaktiv; täglich

coincide - zusammenfallen; übereinstimmen

accidental - versehentlich, zufällig, Zufall, Versehen

turnings - Drehungen; Abdrehen, schaltend, drehend

I was complaining of a small fit of the colic, upon which my conductor led me into a room where a great physician resided, who was famous for curing that disease, by contrary operations from the same instrument. He had a large pair of bellows, with a long slender muzzle of ivory: this he conveyed eight inches up the anus, and drawing in the wind, he affirmed he could make the guts as lank as a dried bladder. But when the disease was more stubborn and violent, he let in the muzzle while the bellows were full of wind, which he discharged into the body of the patient; then withdrew the instrument to replenish it, clapping his thumb strongly against the orifice of then fundament; and this being repeated three or four times, the adventitious wind would rush out, bringing the noxious along with it, (like water put into a pump), and the patient recovered.

complaining - beschweren; (complain); sich beschweren, klagen, sich beklagen

colic - Koliken; Kolik

physician - Arzt, Ärztin, Mediziner, Medizinerin

curing - Aushärtung; Köter, Köter

pair of bellows - Faltenbalg , Blasebalg

muzzle - Schnauze; Maulkorb; Mündung; einen Maulkorb anlegen; jemandem einen Maulkorb verpassen

anus - Anus, After; (Anu); Anus, After

affirmed - bejaht; zustimmen, bejahen, bestätigen, unterstützen

guts - Eingeweide; Mumm; (gut); Darm, Eingeweide, Bauch, Ranzen, Darm

lank - schlaff; strähnig, dünn, schmächtig

bladder - Blase

more stubborn - eigensinnigere

discharged into - eingemündet

patient - geduldig; Patient, Patientin, Kranker, Kranke, Patiens

replenish - wieder aufzufüllen; wieder auffüllen, wieder aufstocken

orifice - Blende; Öffnung

fundament - Grundlage

adventitious - zufällig

rush - stürzen, drängen, hetzen, rasen; Eile, Andrang

noxious - Schaden

pump - Pumps; Pumpe; aufpumpen, pumpen

I saw him try both experiments upon a dog, but could not discern any effect from the former. After the latter the animal was ready to burst, and made so violent a discharge as was very offensive to me and my companion. The dog died on the spot, and we left the doctor endeavouring to recover him, by the same operation.

experiments - Experimente; Experiment

I visited many other apartments, but shall not trouble my reader with all the curiosities I observed, being studious of brevity.

brevity - Kürze; Bündigkeit, Knappheit

I had hitherto seen only one side of the academy, the other being appropriated to the advancers of speculative learning, of whom I shall say something, when I have mentioned one illustrious person more, who is called among them "the universal artist." He told us "he had been thirty years employing his thoughts for the improvement of human life." He had two large rooms full of wonderful curiosities, and fifty men at work. Some were condensing air into a dry tangible substance, by extracting the nitre, and letting the aqueous or fluid particles percolate; others softening marble, for pillows and pin-cushions; others petrifying the hoofs of a living horse, to preserve them from foundering.

advancers - Förderer; Fortgeschrittene

speculative - spekulativ

condensing - kondensieren, verkleinern, kondensieren, kondensieren

tangible - greifbar, erfühlbar, konkret, erfassbar, begreifbar

nitre - Salpeter

aqueous - wässrig

fluid - Fluid, Flüssigkeit, fließend

particles - Teilchen

percolate - filtern, filtrieren, versickern, durchsickern, aufbrühen

softening - Erweichung; weich werdend, aufweichend; (soften); aufweichen

pillows - Kopfkissen

petrifying - versteinernd; versteinern, versteinern, erstarren

hoofs - Hufe; Huf

foundering - untergehen; Gründer, Gießer, Begründer

The artist himself was at that time busy upon two great designs; the first, to sow land with chaff, wherein he affirmed the true seminal virtue to be contained, as he demonstrated by several experiments, which I was not skilful enough to comprehend. The other was, by a certain composition of gums, minerals, and vegetables, outwardly applied, to prevent the growth of wool upon two young lambs; and he hoped, in a reasonable time to propagate the breed of naked sheep, all over the kingdom.

sow - Sau; aussäen

chaff - Spreu, q ow rare, Düppel

seminal - zukunftsträchtig

demonstrated - demonstriert; demonstrieren, demonstrieren, aufzeigen

growth - Wachstum; Bewuchs, Vegetation, Bewucherung, Geschwulst

lambs - Lämmer; Lamm

We crossed a walk to the other part of the academy, where, as I have already said, the projectors in speculative learning resided.

crossed - gekreuzt; Kreuz

The first professor I saw, was in a very large room, with forty pupils about him. After salutation, observing me to look earnestly upon a frame, which took up the greatest part of both the length and breadth of the room, he said, "Perhaps I might wonder to see him employed in a project for improving speculative knowledge, by practical and mechanical operations. But the world would soon be sensible of its usefulness; and he flattered himself, that a more noble, exalted thought never sprang in any other man's head. Every one knew how laborious the usual method is of attaining to arts and sciences; whereas, by his contrivance, the most ignorant person, at a reasonable charge, and with a little bodily labour, might write books in philosophy, poetry, politics, laws, mathematics, and theology, without the least assistance from genius or study." He then led me to the frame, about the sides, whereof all his pupils stood in ranks. It was twenty feet square, placed in the middle of the room. The superfices was composed of several bits of wood, about the bigness of a die, but some larger than others.

pupils - Schulkind, Pupille, Schüler

salutation - Begrüßung; Titel

be sensible of - sich einer Sache bewusst sein, etwas empfinden

usefulness - Nützlichkeit

flattered - geschmeichelt; schmeicheln

attaining - zu erreichen; erreichen, erlangen

theology - Theologie

composed - komponiert; compos

bits - Häppchen, Gebiss, Bit, Bissen

They were all linked together by slender wires. These bits of wood were covered, on every square, with paper pasted on them; and on these papers were written all the words of their language, in their several moods, tenses, and declensions; but without any order. The professor then desired me "to observe; for he was going to set his engine at work." The pupils, at his command, took each of them hold of an iron handle, whereof there were forty fixed round the edges of the frame; and giving them a sudden turn, the whole disposition of the words was entirely changed. He then commanded six-and-thirty of the lads, to read the several lines softly, as they appeared upon the frame; and where they found three or four words together that might make part of a sentence, they dictated to the four remaining boys, who were scribes. This work was repeated three or four times, and at every turn, the engine was so contrived, that the words shifted into new places, as the square bits of wood moved upside down.

moods - Stimmungen; Anwandlung, Stimmung, launisch

tenses - Zeitformen; verkrampft, gespannt, nervös; spannen

declensions - Deklinationen; Deklination, Deklination

lads - Jungs; Junge, Knabe, Bube, Bursche, junger Mann, Stallbursche

dictated - diktiert; Diktat

scribes - Schreiber, Kopist, Schriftgelehrter, Reißnadel, schreiben

upside - Vorteile; Oberseite; Vorteil, positive Seite, Schokoladenseite

The frame

He assured me "that this invention had employed all his thoughts from his youth; that he had emptied the whole vocabulary into his frame, and made the strictest computation of the general proportion there is in books between the numbers of particles, nouns, and verbs, and other parts of speech."

vocabulary - Vokabeln, Wortschatz, Wortliste, Vokabular

nouns - Substantive; Dingwort

verbs - Verben; Verb

I made my humblest acknowledgment to this illustrious person, for his great communicativeness; and promised, "if ever I had the good fortune to return to my native country, that I would do him justice, as the sole inventor of this wonderful machine;" the form and contrivance of which I desired leave to delineate on paper, as in the figure here annexed.

communicativeness - Kommunikativität; Gesprächigkeit

inventor - Erfinder, Erfinderin

delineate - abbilden; umreißen; skizzieren; schildern; abgrenzen

annexed - annektiert; annektieren, anfügen; Anhang

I told him, "although it were the custom of our learned in Europe to steal inventions from each other, who had thereby at least this advantage, that it became a controversy which was the right owner; yet I would take such caution, that he should have the honour entire, without a rival."

inventions - Erfindungen; Erfindung, Erfinden

We next went to the school of languages, where three professors sat in consultation upon improving that of their own country.

consultation - Beratung, Konsultation

The first project was, to shorten discourse, by cutting polysyllables into one, and leaving out verbs and participles, because, in reality, all things imaginable are but norms.

shorten - verkürzen; kürzer werden

polysyllables - mehrsilbig; vielsilbiges Wort

leaving out - auslassend

participles - Partizipien; Mittelwort

reality - Wirklichkeit, Realität, checkRealität

imaginable - vorstellbar

norms - Normen; Norm, Typ, Regel

The other project was, a scheme for entirely abolishing all words whatsoever; and this was urged as a great advantage in point of health, as well as brevity. For it is plain, that every word we speak is, in some degree, a diminution of our lunge by corrosion, and, consequently, contributes to the shortening of our lives. An expedient was therefore offered, "that since words are only names for things, it would be more convenient for all men to carry about them such things as were necessary to express a particular business they are to discourse on." And this invention would certainly have taken place, to the great ease as well as health of the subject, if the women, in conjunction with the vulgar and illiterate, had not threatened to raise a rebellion unless they might be allowed the liberty to speak with their tongues, after the manner of their forefathers; such constant irreconcilable enemies to science are the common people.

scheme - Schema; Programm, Plan, Projekt, Intrige, Komplott

abolishing - abschaffen, aufheben, vernichten

urged - gedrängt; Drang, drängen, mahnen, treiben, anspornen

in some degree - in gewissem Maß

diminution - Verkleinerung; Rückgang

lunge - Longieren; Ausfall; Ausfallschritt; losstürzen, ausfallen

corrosion - Korrosion

contributes - beiträgt; beisteuern, beitragen

shortening - Verkürzung; Pflanzenfett

illiterate - Analphabeten; analphabetisch; ungebildet, ungelehrt, Analphabet

rebellion - Rebellion, Aufstand, Aufruhr

forefathers - Vorväter; Vorfahre

irreconcilable - unversöhnlich, unvereinbar, unverträglich

However, many of the most learned and wise adhere to the new scheme of expressing themselves by things; which has only this inconvenience attending it, that if a man's business be very great, and of various kinds, he must be obliged, in proportion, to carry a greater bundle of things upon his back, unless he can afford one or two strong servants to attend him. I have often beheld two of those sages almost sinking under the weight of their packs, like pedlars among us, who, when they met in the street, would lay down their loads, open their sacks, and hold conversation for an hour together; then put up their implements, help each other to resume their burdens, and take their leave.

adhere to - aufrechterhalten (Meinung), festhalten an

sinking - sinken; Untergang; (sink); sinken; senken, versenken, Spüle

pedlars - Hausierer

sacks - Säcke; Sack; plündern, entlassen

resume - weiter; Lebenslauf; fortsetzen, wiedererlangen, wiederaufnehmen

burdens - belastet; Refrain, Last, Möller (Hüttenwesen); belasten

But for short conversations, a man may carry implements in his pockets, and under his arms, enough to supply him; and in his house, he cannot be at a loss. Therefore the room where company meet who practise this art, is full of all things, ready at hand, requisite to furnish matter for this kind of artificial converse.

requisite - erforderlich, notwendig, Erfordernis, Voraussetzung

furnish - möblieren, einrichten, ausrüsten

artificial - künstlich

Another great advantage proposed by this invention was, that it would serve as a universal language, to be understood in all civilised nations, whose goods and utensils are generally of the same kind, or nearly resembling, so that their uses might easily be comprehended. And thus ambassadors would be qualified to treat with foreign princes, or ministers of state, to whose tongues they were utter strangers.

civilised - zivilisiert; zivilisieren

utensils - Utensilien; Gerät

I was at the mathematical school, where the master taught his pupils after a method scarce imaginable to us in Europe. The proposition, and demonstration, were fairly written on a thin wafer, with ink composed of a cephalic tincture. This, the student was to swallow upon a fasting stomach, and for three days following, eat nothing but bread and water. As the wafer digested, the tincture mounted to his brain, bearing the proposition along with it.

scarce - rar; spärlich

demonstration - Demonstration, Vorführung, Kundgebung

fairly - gerecht

wafer - Oblate, Waffel, Hostie, Wafer, Halbleiterscheibe

cephalic - Schädelknochen; Kopf

digested - verdaut; digerieren, verdauen; Ăśbersicht

But the success has not hitherto been answerable, partly by some error in the quantum or composition, and partly by the perverseness of lads, to whom this bolus is so nauseous, that they generally steal aside, and discharge it upwards, before it can operate; neither have they been yet persuaded to use so long an abstinence, as the prescription requires.

quantum - Quanten; Quantum, Minimum

perverseness - Perversität; Pervertierung

abstinence - Enthaltsamkeit, Abstinenz, Keuschheit

prescription - Rezept, Verschreibung, Rechtssetzung, Verjährung


A further account of the academy. The author proposes some improvements, which are honourably received.

proposes - schlägt vor; vorschlagen, einen Heiratsantrag machen

honourably - ehrenhaft

In the school of political projectors, I was but ill entertained; the professors appearing, in my judgment, wholly out of their senses, which is a scene that never fails to make me melancholy. These unhappy people were proposing schemes for persuading monarchs to choose favourites upon the score of their wisdom, capacity, and virtue; of teaching ministers to consult the public good; of rewarding merit, great abilities, eminent services; of instructing princes to know their true interest, by placing it on the same foundation with that of their people; of choosing for employments persons qualified to exercise them, with many other wild, impossible chimeras, that never entered before into the heart of man to conceive; and confirmed in me the old observation, "that there is nothing so extravagant and irrational, which some philosophers have not maintained for truth.

fails - versagt; mangelhaft (Zensur 5)

persuading - Überzeugen; überreden, gewinnen, verführen, bestechen

rewarding - lohnend; Belohnung, Lohn

instructing - unterrichten; instruieren, briefen, anweisen

chimeras - Chimären; Schimäre, Chimäre

irrational - irrational, irrationell, unvernünftig

maintained - unterhalten, warten, beibehalten, aufrechterhalten

But, however, I shall so far do justice to this part of the Academy, as to acknowledge that all of them were not so visionary. There was a most ingenious doctor, who seemed to be perfectly versed in the whole nature and system of government. This illustrious person had very usefully employed his studies, in finding out effectual remedies for all diseases and corruptions to which the several kinds of public administration are subject, by the vices or infirmities of those who govern, as well as by the licentiousness of those who are to obey. For instance: whereas all writers and reasoners have agreed, that there is a strict universal resemblance between the natural and the political body; can there be any thing more evident, than that the health of both must be preserved, and the diseases cured, by the same prescriptions? It is allowed, that senates and great councils are often troubled with redundant, ebullient, and other peccant humours; with many diseases of the head, and more of the heart; with strong convulsions, with grievous contractions of the nerves and sinews in both hands, but especially the right; with spleen, flatus, vertigos, and deliriums; with scrofulous tumours, full of fetid purulent matter; with sour frothy ructations: with canine appetites, and crudeness of digestion, besides many others, needless to mention.

system - System, Ordnung, Verbund, Akkolade

usefully - nützlich

finding out - herausfindend

effectual - wirkungsvoll

remedies - Gegenmittel

diseases - Krankheiten; Krankheit, qualifier

public administration - Staatsverwaltung

infirmities - Gebrechen; Gebrechlichkeit

licentiousness - Zügellosigkeit, Freizügigkeit, Unzüchtigkeit

more evident - offenkundigere

cured - geheilt; Köter, Köter

prescriptions - Verschreibungen; Rezept

senates - Senaten; Senat

redundant - überflüssig

ebullient - überschwänglich

peccant - sündig

convulsions - Krämpfe; Konvulsion, Krampf

grievous - schmerzlich; ernst, ernsthaft, schwerwiegend

contractions - Wehen; Verkleinerung, Kontraktion, Schrumpfung, Schrumpfen

nerves - Nerven; Nerv, Nerv, Nerv, Nerv, Nerv

sinews - Sehnen; Sehne

spleen - Milz; Groll, Trübsinn

deliriums - Delirien; Delirium

scrofulous - skrofulös

tumours - Tumore; Wucherung [med.], Geschwulst, Tumor

fetid - stinkend

purulent - eitrig

frothy - schaumig

ructations - rukturen

canine - Hund

crudeness - Grobheit; Rohheit, Roheit

digestion - Verdauung

This doctor therefore proposed, "that upon the meeting of the senate, certain physicians should attend it the three first days of their sitting, and at the close of each day's debate feel the pulses of every senator; after which, having maturely considered and consulted upon the nature of the several maladies, and the methods of cure, they should on the fourth day return to the senate house, attended by their apothecaries stored with proper medicines; and before the members sat, administer to each of them lenitives, aperitives, abstersives, corrosives, restringents, palliatives, laxatives, cephalalgics, icterics, apophlegmatics, acoustics, as their several cases required; and, according as these medicines should operate, repeat, alter, or omit them, at the next meeting."

pulses - Impulse; pulsieren; Impuls, Puls

senator - Senator, Senatorin

maladies - Krankheiten; Krankheit, Übel

cure - räuchern (Fleisch), heilen, abbinden (Leim); Kur, Heilung

medicines - Medikamente; Heilkunst, Heilkunde, Arznei

administer - darreichen, verabreichen, verwalten, administrieren

lenitives - Hilfsmittel; lindernd

aperitives - Aperitifs

corrosives - ätzende Stoffe; ätzend, korrosiv

palliatives - Linderungsmittel; palliativ, beschönigend, lindernd

laxatives - Abführmittel

cephalalgics - Cephalalgiker

icterics - Ikterik; Mittel gegen Gelbsucht, gelbsüchtig, ikterisch

apophlegmatics - Apophlegmatiker

acoustics - akustisch, akustisch, Akustik

This project could not be of any great expense to the public; and might in my poor opinion, be of much use for the despatch of business, in those countries where senates have any share in the legislative power; beget unanimity, shorten debates, open a few mouths which are now closed, and close many more which are now open; curb the petulancy of the young, and correct the positiveness of the old; rouse the stupid, and damp the pert.

legislative - Gesetzgebung; gesetzgeberisch

beget - erzeugen, fortpflanzen

unanimity - Einstimmigkeit, Einmütigkeit, Einhelligkeit

curb - Kandare; Beschränkung, Zurückhaltung, Zwang, Einschränkung

petulancy - Launenhaftigkeit

positiveness - Positivität; Gewissheit, Hartnäckigkeit

rouse - aufrütteln; wachrufen, wecken

damp - feucht; Feuchtigkeit; ersticken, dämpfen

pert - vorlaut; flott, lebhaft, schwungvoll, munter, keck

Again: because it is a general complaint, that the favourites of princes are troubled with short and weak memories; the same doctor proposed, "that whoever attended a first minister, after having told his business, with the utmost brevity and in the plainest words, should, at his departure, give the said minister a tweak by the nose, or a kick in the belly, or tread on his corns, or lug him thrice by both ears, or run a pin into his breech; or pinch his arm black and blue, to prevent forgetfulness; and at every levee day, repeat the same operation, till the business were done, or absolutely refused.

complaint - Beschwerde; Klage, Anzeige, Monierung, Reklamation

plainest - am einfachsten; unscheinbar, einfach, vollständige, ehrlich

tweak - zwicken, kneifen, retuschieren, anpassen, korrigieren, Retusche

kick - treten, (Pferd) ausschlagen; Stoß

tread - Lauffläche; (to tread) betreten, schreiten

corns - Hühneraugen; Mais; Korn, Getreide, Hühnerauge

lug - zerren, schleppen; Anschlussklemme, Vorsprung, Ă–se

breech - verstopft; Schwanzschraube

forgetfulness - Vergesslichkeit; Vergessen, Vergessenheit

He likewise directed, "that every senator in the great council of a nation, after he had delivered his opinion, and argued in the defence of it, should be obliged to give his vote directly contrary; because if that were done, the result would infallibly terminate in the good of the public."

vote - abstimmen; Stimme, Votum, Abstimmung, wählen, stimmen

When parties in a state are violent, he offered a wonderful contrivance to reconcile them. The method is this: You take a hundred leaders of each party; you dispose them into couples of such whose heads are nearest of a size; then let two nice operators saw off the occiput of each couple at the same time, in such a manner that the brain may be equally divided. Let the occiputs, thus cut off, be interchanged, applying each to the head of his opposite party-man. It seems indeed to be a work that requires some exactness, but the professor assured us, "that if it were dexterously performed, the cure would be infallible.

reconcile - versöhnen

leaders - Anführer, Anführerin, Leiter, Hauptmann, Kopf, Führer, Führerin

dispose - beseitigen, entsorgen, ordnen

couples - Paare; Paar

operators - Betreiber, Telefonist, Telefonistin, Vermittlung, Operator

saw off - absägen

occiputs - Hinterköpfe; Hinterkopf

interchanged - ausgetauscht; Autobahnkreuz

dexterously - geschickterweise

infallible - unfehlbar

For he argued thus: "that the two half brains being left to debate the matter between themselves within the space of one skull, would soon come to a good understanding, and produce that moderation, as well as regularity of thinking, so much to be wished for in the heads of those, who imagine they come into the world only to watch and govern its motion: and as to the difference of brains, in quantity or quality, among those who are directors in faction, the doctor assured us, from his own knowledge, that "it was a perfect trifle."

skull - Totenschädel, Totenkopf, Schädel

moderation - Maßhalten; Mäßigung; Diskussionsleitung

regularity - Regelmäßigkeit

Directors - Direktoren; Direktor, Direktorin, Regisseur, Regisseurin

I heard a very warm debate between two professors, about the most commodious and effectual ways and means of raising money, without grieving the subject. The first affirmed, "the justest method would be, to lay a certain tax upon vices and folly; and the sum fixed upon every man to be rated, after the fairest manner, by a jury of his neighbours." The second was of an opinion directly contrary; "to tax those qualities of body and mind, for which men chiefly value themselves; the rate to be more or less, according to the degrees of excelling; the decision whereof should be left entirely to their own breast." The highest tax was upon men who are the greatest favourites of the other sex, and the assessments, according to the number and nature of the favours they have received; for which, they are allowed to be their own vouchers.

commodious - geräumig

grieving - trauern; weh tun, kränken, bekümmern; sich grämen (über)

tax - strapazieren, besteuern; Steuer (auf); Abgabe, Steuer, Gebühr

rated - bewertet; Ratte

jury - Jury, Preisrichter

assessments - Bewertungen; Bewertung, Schätzung, Bewertung, Schätzung

vouchers - Gutscheine; Gutschein

Wit, valour, and politeness, were likewise proposed to be largely taxed, and collected in the same manner, by every person's giving his own word for the quantum of what he possessed. But as to honour, justice, wisdom, and learning, they should not be taxed at all; because they are qualifications of so singular a kind, that no man will either allow them in his neighbour or value them in himself.

politeness - Höflichkeit

taxed - besteuert; strapazieren, besteuern; Steuer (auf); Abgabe

collected - gesammelt; eintreiben (Schulden), sammeln, einsammeln

possessed - besessen; Schutzpolizeiaufgebote

The women were proposed to be taxed according to their beauty and skill in dressing, wherein they had the same privilege with the men, to be determined by their own judgment. But constancy, chastity, good sense, and good nature, were not rated, because they would not bear the charge of collecting.

privilege - Privileg, Vergünstigung, privilegieren

constancy - Konstanz, Beständigkeit, Ausdauer

chastity - Keuschheit

good nature - Gutartigkeit

rated - bewertet; Wechselkurs, Devisenkurs, Kurs; Kommunalsteuer

collecting - Sammeln; (collect); Sammeln

To keep senators in the interest of the crown, it was proposed that the members should raffle for employment; every man first taking an oath, and giving security, that he would vote for the court, whether he won or not; after which, the losers had, in their turn, the liberty of raffling upon the next vacancy.

raffle - verlosen; Tombola, Gewinnspiel, Verlosung

losers - Verlierer, Verliererin, Verlierer, Verlierertyp, Versager

raffling - Verlosung; verlosend; (raffle) Verlosung; verlosend

vacancy - Vakanz, freie Stelle, freies Zimmer, freier Platz

Thus, hope and expectation would be kept alive; none would complain of broken promises, but impute their disappointments wholly to fortune, whose shoulders are broader and stronger than those of a ministry.

impute - unterstellen; zuschreiben; anrechnen, zurechnen

disappointments - Enttäuschungen; Enttäuschung, Verdruss, Misserfolg, Fehlschlag

Another professor showed me a large paper of instructions for discovering plots and conspiracies against the government.

plots - Grundstücke; Handlung, Plot, Ausdruck, Komplott

He advised great statesmen to examine into the diet of all suspected persons; their times of eating; upon which side they lay in bed; with which hand they wipe their posteriors; take a strict view of their excrements, and, from the colour, the odour, the taste, the consistence, the crudeness or maturity of digestion, form a judgment of their thoughts and designs; because men are never so serious, thoughtful, and intent, as when they are at stool, which he found by frequent experiment; for, in such conjunctures, when he used, merely as a trial, to consider which was the best way of murdering the king, his ordure would have a tincture of green; but quite different, when he thought only of raising an insurrection, or burning the metropolis.

statesmen - Staatsmänner; Staatsmann

wipe - löschen, abstreifen, abwischen, aufreiben, wischen

posteriors - Hinterteile; hinterer, rück-

excrements - Exkremente; Kot

thoughtful - nachdenklich, bedächtig, aufmerksam

conjunctures - Konjunktionen; Konjunktur

merely - bloß, lediglich, nur, schier

murdering - mordend; Mord, Mord, Mord, mörderisch, ermorden, massakrieren

insurrection - Aufruhr; Aufstand

The whole discourse was written with great acuteness, containing many observations, both curious and useful for politicians; but, as I conceived, not altogether complete. This I ventured to tell the author, and offered, if he pleased, to supply him with some additions.

acuteness - Schärfe; Akuität

additions - Ergänzungen; Zufügung, Hinzufügung, Zusatz, Addition, Summant

He received my proposition with more compliance than is usual among writers, especially those of the projecting species, professing "he would be glad to receive further information."

professing - bekennen

further information - nähere Auskünfte

I told him, "that in the kingdom of Tribnia, [454a] by the natives called Langdon, [454b] where I had sojourned some time in my travels, the bulk of the people consist in a manner wholly of discoverers, witnesses, informers, accusers, prosecutors, evidences, swearers, together with their several subservient and subaltern instruments, all under the colours, the conduct, and the pay of ministers of state, and their deputies. The plots, in that kingdom, are usually the workmanship of those persons who desire to raise their own characters of profound politicians; to restore new vigour to a crazy administration; to stifle or divert general discontents; to fill their coffers with forfeitures; and raise, or sink the opinion of public credit, as either shall best answer their private advantage. It is first agreed and settled among them, what suspected persons shall be accused of a plot; then, effectual care is taken to secure all their letters and papers, and put the owners in chains.

sojourned - verweilte; Aufenthalt, Unterkunft, Obdach

discoverers - Entdecker

witnesses - Zeugnis

accusers - Ankläger, Ankläger

prosecutors - Staatsanwälte; Staatsanwalt, Staatsanwältin, Staatsanwalt

evidences - Beweise; Beweis, Indiz

subservient - unterwürfig; dienstbar

subaltern - Subaltern, Subalternoffizier

workmanship - Handwerkskunst

characters - Figur, Person, Charakter, Charakter, Original

restore - wiederherstellen, restaurieren

vigour - Vitalität; Ausdruckskraft, Energie, Leidenschaftlichkeit

crazy - verrückt

stifle - abwürgen; ersticken

discontents - Unzufriedene; Unzufriedenheit

coffers - Schatzkammern; Kassette, Geldkassette, Tresor, Schatztruhe

forfeitures - Verwirkungen; (selbstverschuldeter) Verlust

owners - Eigentümer; Inhaber, Besitzer, Besitzerin

These papers are delivered to a set of artists, very dexterous in finding out the mysterious meanings of words, syllables, and letters: for instance, they can discover a close stool, to signify a privy council; a flock of geese, a senate; a lame dog, an invader; the plague, a standing army; a buzzard, a prime minister; the gout, a high priest; a gibbet, a secretary of state; a chamber pot, a committee of grandees; a sieve, a court lady; a broom, a revolution; a mouse-trap, an employment; a bottomless pit, a treasury; a sink, a court; a cap and bells, a favourite; a broken reed, a court of justice; an empty tun, a general; a running sore, the administration. [455]

mysterious - geheimnisvoll; mysteriös; rätselhaft

meanings - Bedeutungen; Bedeutung, Sinn

syllables - Silben; Silbe

privy council - Staatsrat

flock - Schwarm; (to flock together) sich rotten, sich zusammenrotten

invader - Eindringling, Eroberer, Erobererin

buzzard - Bussard; alter Gauner, alte Gaunerin

gout - Gicht

priest - Priester, Priesterin, Pfarrer, Pfarrerin; (prey); Beute; lauern

gibbet - Galgen

chamber pot - Nachttopf , Nachtgeschirr

committee - Komitee, Ausschuß, Kommission

grandees - Granden; Grande, Grande

sieve - Sieb; sieben, durchsieben

broom - Auskehrer, Besen

revolution - Revolution; Umdrehung

trap - eine Falle; Fallgrube, Falle, Fahrt (im Bergwerk); einfangen

bottomless - Bodenlos; pofrei

pit - Fallgrube, Schachtgrube, Box (Sport)

bells - Glocken; Klingel, Schelle, Glocke

reed - Schilf, Ried, Schilfrohr

empty - leer; leeren, entleeren, ausleeren, leer machen

tun - Tonne (altes Hohlmaß); Fass

sore - sauer; weh, wund, schmerzend, schmerzhaft

"When this method fails, they have two others more effectual, which the learned among them call acrostics and anagrams. First, they can decipher all initial letters into political meanings. Thus N, shall signify a plot; B, a regiment of horse; L, a fleet at sea; or, secondly, by transposing the letters of the alphabet in any suspected paper, they can lay open the deepest designs of a discontented party.

acrostics - Akrostik; Akrostichon

anagrams - Anagramme; Anagramm

decipher - dechiffrieren, entschlüsseln, entziffern

initial - anfänglich, ursprünglich, erster, Anfangsbuchstabe; Initiale

regiment - Regiment

secondly - zweitens

transposing - transponierend; (transpose); transponierend

lay open - freilegen

deepest - tiefsten; tief, tief, tief, tief, tief, tief, tief, tiefgründig

discontented - Unzufriedenheit

So, for example, if I should say, in a letter to a friend, 'Our brother Tom has just got the piles,'a skilful decipherer would discover, that the same letters which compose that sentence, may be analysed into the following words, 'resist ---, a plot is brought home-The tour.' And this is the anagrammatic method."

piles - Stapel; Haufen, Pfahl, Pulk

decipherer - Dechiffrierer

compose - zusammenstellen, zusammensetzen, komponieren, enthalten, umfasst

analysed - analysiert; analysieren

resist - widerstehen, erwehren;gegen etw. bestehen

Tour - Tournee; Arbeitsschicht, Umlauf, Tour

anagrammatic - anagrammatisch

The professor made me great acknowledgments for communicating these observations, and promised to make honourable mention of me in his treatise.

communicating - mitteilen, übermitteln, kommunizieren, kundtun, weitergeben

I saw nothing in this country that could invite me to a longer continuance, and began to think of returning home to England.

invite - auffordern, einladen

returning home - heimgehend


The author leaves Lagado: arrives at Maldonada. No ship ready. He takes a short voyage to Glubbdubdrib. His reception by the governor.

The continent, of which this kingdom is apart, extends itself, as I have reason to believe, eastward, to that unknown tract of America westward of California; and north, to the Pacific Ocean, which is not above a hundred and fifty miles from Lagado; where there is a good port, and much commerce with the great island of Luggnagg, situated to the north-west about 29 degrees north latitude, and 140 longitude. This island of Luggnagg stands south-eastward of Japan, about a hundred leagues distant. There is a strict alliance between the Japanese emperor and the king of Luggnagg; which affords frequent opportunities of sailing from one island to the other.

apart - auseinander; getrennt; beiseite; entzwei, in Stücke

extends - verlängert; erweitern, ausdehnen, erweitern, ausdehnen

westward - westwärts

Pacific - Pazifik; ruhig, still, friedlich

affords - bietet; leisten

sailing - absegelnd, segelnd; (sail) absegelnd, segelnd

I determined therefore to direct my course this way, in order to my return to Europe. I hired two mules, with a guide, to show me the way, and carry my small baggage. I took leave of my noble protector, who had shown me so much favour, and made me a generous present at my departure.

mules - Maultiere; Schlappen, Maultier

baggage - Gepäck, Reisegepäck

present at - anwesend bei

My journey was without any accident or adventure worth relating. When I arrived at the port of Maldonada (for so it is called) there was no ship in the harbour bound for Luggnagg, nor likely to be in some time. The town is about as large as Portsmouth.

I soon fell into some acquaintance, and was very hospitably received. A gentleman of distinction said to me, "that since the ships bound for Luggnagg could not be ready in less than a month, it might be no disagreeable amusement for me to take a trip to the little island of Glubbdubdrib, about five leagues off to the south-west." He offered himself and a friend to accompany me, and that I should be provided with a small convenient bark for the voyage.

accompany - begleiten, geleiten, beiliegen

bark - Bellen

Glubbdubdrib, as nearly as I can interpret the word, signifies the island of sorcerers or magicians. It is about one third as large as the Isle of Wight, and extremely fruitful: it is governed by the head of a certain tribe, who are all magicians. This tribe marries only among each other, and the eldest in succession is prince or governor.

sorcerers - Zauberer

Magicians - Magier, Zauberer, Zaubrer, Magierin, Zauberin, Zaubrerin

Isle - Insel; Eiland

Wight - Wicht old

fruitful - fruchtbar

tribe - Stamm, Volksstamm, Sippe, Volk

marries - heiratet; heiraten, trauen, sich verehelichen

among each other - untereinander

succession - Nachfolge; Abfolge; Thronfolge

He has a noble palace, and a park of about three thousand acres, surrounded by a wall of hewn stone twenty feet high. In this park are several small enclosures for cattle, corn, and gardening.

enclosures - Anlage, Beilage, Beilegen

The governor and his family are served and attended by domestics of a kind somewhat unusual. By his skill in necromancy he has a power of calling whom he pleases from the dead, and commanding their service for twenty-four hours, but no longer; nor can he call the same persons up again in less than three months, except upon very extraordinary occasions.

necromancy - Totenbeschwörung, Nekromantie, Totenorakel

When we arrived at the island, which was about eleven in the morning, one of the gentlemen who accompanied me went to the governor, and desired admittance for a stranger, who came on purpose to have the honour of attending on his highness. This was immediately granted, and we all three entered the gate of the palace between two rows of guards, armed and dressed after a very antic manner, and with something in their countenances that made my flesh creep with a horror I cannot express. We passed through several apartments, between servants of the same sort, ranked on each side as before, till we came to the chamber of presence; where, after three profound obeisances, and a few general questions, we were permitted to sit on three stools, near the lowest step of his highness's throne. He understood the language of Balnibarbi, although it was different from that of this island. He desired me to give him some account of my travels; and, to let me see that I should be treated without ceremony, he dismissed all his attendants with a turn of his finger; at which, to my great astonishment, they vanished in an instant, like visions in a dream when we awake on a sudden.

rows - Reihen; Reihe, Zeile

antic - antik; Possen

ranked - rangiert; (sozialer) Stand, Rang, Dienstgrad

as before - wie bisher, wie zuvor, wie vorher

obeisances - Ehrerbietungen; Verbeugung, Ehrerbietung

vanished - verschwunden; verschwinden, vergehen, sich verflüchtigen

visions - Visionen; Sicht, Sehvermögen

dream - Traum, Wunsch, träumen, wünschen

I could not recover myself in some time, till the governor assured me, "that I should receive no hurt:" and observing my two companions to be under no concern, who had been often entertained in the same manner, I began to take courage, and related to his highness a short history of my several adventures; yet not without some hesitation, and frequently looking behind me to the place where I had seen those domestic spectres. I had the honour to dine with the governor, where a new set of ghosts served up the meat, and waited at table. I now observed myself to be less terrified than I had been in the morning. I stayed till sunset, but humbly desired his highness to excuse me for not accepting his invitation of lodging in the palace. My two friends and I lay at a private house in the town adjoining, which is the capital of this little island; and the next morning we returned to pay our duty to the governor, as he was pleased to command us.

spectres - Gespenster; Schreckgespenst, Gespenst

ghosts - Gespenst

terrified - verängstigt; erschrecken

sunset - Sonnenuntergang; Lebensabend

accepting - zu akzeptieren; annehmen, abnehmen, akzeptieren, aufnehmen

invitation - Einladung, Einladen

After this manner we continued in the island for ten days, most part of every day with the governor, and at night in our lodging. I soon grew so familiarized to the sight of spirits, that after the third or fourth time they gave me no emotion at all: or, if I had any apprehensions left, my curiosity prevailed over them. For his highness the governor ordered me "to call up whatever persons I would choose to name, and in whatever numbers, among all the dead from the beginning of the world to the present time, and command them to answer any questions I should think fit to ask; with this condition, that my questions must be confined within the compass of the times they lived in.

familiarized - vertraut gemacht; sich bekanntmachen

emotion - Emotionen; Gefühl, Empfindung

call up - aufbieten

And one thing I might depend upon, that they would certainly tell me the truth, for lying was a talent of no use in the lower world."

Depend - abhängen, ankommen

I made my humble acknowledgments to his highness for so great a favour. We were in a chamber, from whence there was a fair prospect into the park. And because my first inclination was to be entertained with scenes of pomp and magnificence, I desired to see Alexander the Great at the head of his army, just after the battle of Arbela: which, upon a motion of the governor's finger, immediately appeared in a large field, under the window where we stood. Alexander was called up into the room: it was with great difficulty that I understood his Greek, and had but little of my own. He assured me upon his honour "that he was not poisoned, but died of a bad fever by excessive drinking.

pomp - Pomp

Alexander - Alexander

battle - sich schlagen, kämpfen; Schlacht, Kampf; Gefecht (Luftwaffe)

Greek - griechisch; Griechisch, griechische Sprache, Grieche, Griechin

fever - Fieber, Temperaturerhöhung

Next, I saw Hannibal passing the Alps, who told me "he had not a drop of vinegar in his camp."

Hannibal - Hannibal

Alps - Alpen; (alp); Alm

vinegar - Essig

Camp - lagern, zelten, campen, kampieren; Lager

I saw Cćsar and Pompey at the head of their troops, just ready to engage. I saw the former, in his last great triumph. I desired that the senate of Rome might appear before me, in one large chamber, and an assembly of somewhat a later age in counterview, in another. The first seemed to be an assembly of heroes and demigods; the other, a knot of pedlars, pick-pockets, highwayman, and bullies.

Pompey - Pompejus

Rome - Rom

counterview - Gegenansicht

heroes - Helden; Held, Heldin, Kriegsheld, Held, Hauptfigur

demigods - Halbgötter; Halbgott, Halbgott

knot - Knoten, Knäuel

highwayman - Wegelagerer, Straßenräuber

bullies - Tyrannen; Rabauke, Bully, Tyrann, Schikaneur, einschüchtern

The governor, at my request, gave the sign for Cćsar and Brutus to advance towards us. I was struck with a profound veneration at the sight of Brutus, and could easily discover the most consummate virtue, the greatest intrepidity and firmness of mind, the truest love of his country, and general benevolence for mankind, in every lineament of his countenance.

Brutus - Brutus

consummate - perfekt, vollkommen, vollendet, unübertrefflich

firmness - Stärke, Festigkeit

benevolence - Wohlwollen; Gutmütigkeit

lineament - Zug, Charakterzug

I observed, with much pleasure, that these two persons were in good intelligence with each other; and Cćsar freely confessed to me, "that the greatest actions of his own life were not equal, by many degrees, to the glory of taking it away." I had the honour to have much conversation with Brutus; and was told, "that his ancestor Junius, Socrates, Epaminondas, Cato the younger, Sir Thomas More, and himself were perpetually together:" a sextumvirate, to which all the ages of the world cannot add a seventh.

ancestor - Vorfahre; Vorfahr, Vorfahrin, Ahn, Ahne

Socrates - Sokrates

sextumvirate - Sextumvirat

seventh - siebte; Septime

It would be tedious to trouble the reader with relating what vast numbers of illustrious persons were called up to gratify that insatiable desire I had to see the world in every period of antiquity placed before me. I chiefly fed mine eyes with beholding the destroyers of tyrants and usurpers, and the restorers of liberty to oppressed and injured nations.

destroyers - Zerstörer, Zerstörerin, Vernichter, Vernichterin, Zerstörer

tyrants - Tyrannen; Tyrann, Tyrannin, Tyrann, Tyrannin, Tyrann, de

usurpers - Usurpatoren; Usurpator

restorers - Restauratoren; Restaurator

oppressed - unterdrückt; unterdrücken

injured - verletzt; verletzen, verletzen

But it is impossible to express the satisfaction I received in my own mind, after such a manner as to make it a suitable entertainment to the reader.


A further account of Glubbdubdrib. Ancient and modern history corrected.

Having a desire to see those ancients who were most renowned for wit and learning, I set apart one day on purpose. I proposed that Homer and Aristotle might appear at the head of all their commentators; but these were so numerous, that some hundreds were forced to attend in the court, and outward rooms of the palace. I knew, and could distinguish those two heroes, at first sight, not only from the crowd, but from each other. Homer was the taller and comelier person of the two, walked very erect for one of his age, and his eyes were the most quick and piercing I ever beheld. Aristotle stooped much, and made use of a staff. His visage was meagre, his hair lank and thin, and his voice hollow. I soon discovered that both of them were perfect strangers to the rest of the company, and had never seen or heard of them before; and I had a whisper from a ghost who shall be nameless, "that these commentators always kept in the most distant quarters from their principals, in the lower world, through a consciousness of shame and guilt, because they had so horribly misrepresented the meaning of those authors to posterity." I introduced Didymus and Eustathius to Homer, and prevailed on him to treat them better than perhaps they deserved, for he soon found they wanted a genius to enter into the spirit of a poet.

ancients - Antike; alt, uralt, antik

commentators - Kommentatoren; Kommentator, Kommentatorin

comelier - hübsch, ansehnlich

piercing - Piercing; durchdringend, stechend, beißend

visage - Gesicht

ghost - Gespenst, Geist, Phantom, Spuk

nameless - namenlos

principals - hauptsächlich, Haupt-, wesentlich, Rektor, Rektorin

guilt - Schuld

horribly - furchtbar; fürchterlich

misrepresented - falsch dargestellt; verdrehen

poet - Dichter, Dichterin; i ormal

But Aristotle was out of all patience with the account I gave him of Scotus and Ramus, as I presented them to him; and he asked them, "whether the rest of the tribe were as great dunces as themselves?"

dunces - Dummköpfe; Dummkopf, Schwachkopf, Dämel, Einfaltspinsel

I then desired the governor to call up Descartes and Gassendi, with whom I prevailed to explain their systems to Aristotle. This great philosopher freely acknowledged his own mistakes in natural philosophy, because he proceeded in many things upon conjecture, as all men must do; and he found that Gassendi, who had made the doctrine of Epicurus as palatable as he could, and the vortices of Descartes, were equally to be exploded.

acknowledged - zur Kenntnis nehmen, erkennen, bekennen, anerkennen

Epicurus - Epikur

palatable - genießbar, schmackhaft, annehmbar

vortices - Wirbel

exploded - explodiert; sprengen, explodieren, explodieren, platzen

He predicted the same fate to attraction, whereof the present learned are such zealous asserters. He said, "that new systems of nature were but new fashions, which would vary in every age; and even those, who pretend to demonstrate them from mathematical principles, would flourish but a short period of time, and be out of vogue when that was determined."

predicted - vorhergesagt; vorhersagen, prophezeien

asserters - Befürworter; Verfechter

fashions - Moden; Mode, Stil, Mode, fertigen, anfertigen

vary - variieren; verändern; sich ändern, checkvariieren

flourish - gedeihen, blühen, spriessen, grünen

vogue - Mode

I spent five days in conversing with many others of the ancient learned. I saw most of the first Roman emperors. I prevailed on the governor to call up Heliogabalus's cooks to dress us a dinner, but they could not show us much of their skill, for want of materials. A helot of Agesilaus made us a dish of Spartan broth, but I was not able to get down a second spoonful.

Roman - Römer; röm. römisch, römisch

helot - Helot, Helotin

Spartan - spartanisch

broth - Brühe, Suppe

spoonful - Löffelchenweise; Löffelvoll

The two gentlemen, who conducted me to the island, were pressed by their private affairs to return in three days, which I employed in seeing some of the modern dead, who had made the greatest figure, for two or three hundred years past, in our own and other countries of Europe; and having been always a great admirer of old illustrious families, I desired the governor would call up a dozen or two of kings, with their ancestors in order for eight or nine generations. But my disappointment was grievous and unexpected. For, instead of a long train with royal diadems, I saw in one family two fiddlers, three spruce courtiers, and an Italian prelate. In another, a barber, an abbot, and two cardinals. I have too great a veneration for crowned heads, to dwell any longer on so nice a subject. But as to counts, marquises, dukes, earls, and the like, I was not so scrupulous. And I confess, it was not without some pleasure, that I found myself able to trace the particular features, by which certain families are distinguished, up to their originals.

generations - Generationen; Generation, Geschlecht

diadems - Diademe; Diadem

fiddlers - Tüftler; Geiger

spruce - Fichte; Fichtenholz

prelate - Prälat

Abbot - Abt

cardinals - Kardinäle; grundsätzlich, grundsätzlich, kardinalrot, Grundzahl

crowned - gekrönt; Zenit; krönen; Bombage (ballige Fläche)

counts - zählt; rechnen, abzählen, zählen

marquises - Marquisen; Marquise

Dukes - Herzog, Großherzog, Grossherzog

earls - Grafen; Graf

scrupulous - skrupellos

originals - Originale; ursprünglich, ur-, original, original, originell

I could plainly discover whence one family derives a long chin; why a second has abounded with knaves for two generations, and fools for two more; why a third happened to be crack-brained, and a fourth to be sharpers; whence it came, what Polydore Virgil says of a certain great house, Nec vir fortis, nec foemina casta; how cruelty, falsehood, and cowardice, grew to be characteristics by which certain families are distinguished as much as by their coats of arms; who first brought the pox into a noble house, which has lineally descended scrofulous tumours to their posterity. Neither could I wonder at all this, when I saw such an interruption of lineages, by pages, lackeys, valets, coachmen, gamesters, fiddlers, players, captains, and pickpockets.

derives - ableitet; erlangen, herleiten, ableiten, herleiten, ableiten

knaves - Buben; Knabe, Knappe, Junge, Boy, Knecht, Gauner, Schurke

brained - Gehirne; Gehirn

sharpers - Scharfmacher; schärfer

Virgil - Vergil

cowardice - Feigheit, Kleinmut, Ängstlichkeit

characteristics - Eigenschaften; charakteristisch, bezeichnend, kennzeichnend

pox - Pocken

lineally - linienförmig; geradlinig

interruption - Unterbrechung

lineages - Abstammungslinien; Abstammung, Geschlecht

lackeys - Lakaien; Lakai, Lakai

valets - Kammerdiener, Diener, Putzer, Leibdiener, Hausdiener

gamesters - Zocker; Spieler

players - Spieler, Spielerin, Schauspieler, Spieler, Spieler, Spieler

pickpockets - Taschendiebe; Taschendieb, Taschendiebin

I was chiefly disgusted with modern history. For having strictly examined all the persons of greatest name in the courts of princes, for a hundred years past, I found how the world had been misled by prostitute writers, to ascribe the greatest exploits in war, to cowards; the wisest counsel, to fools; sincerity, to flatterers; Roman virtue, to betrayers of their country; piety, to atheists; chastity, to sodomites; truth, to informers: how many innocent and excellent persons had been condemned to death or banishment by the practising of great ministers upon the corruption of judges, and the malice of factions: how many villains had been exalted to the highest places of trust, power, dignity, and profit: how great a share in the motions and events of courts, councils, and senates might be challenged by bawds, whores, pimps, parasites, and buffoons.

misled - in die Irre geführt; in die Irre führen, irreführen

ascribe - zurückführen, zuschreiben

exploits - Heldentat, Exploit

counsel - Ratschläge; Beratung; Rat, Ratschlag, Anwalt, Anwältin

sincerity - Aufrichtigkeit, Ehrlichkeit

flatterers - Schmeichler, Schmeichlerin

betrayers - Verräter

atheists - Atheisten; Atheist, Atheistin; Gottesleugner, Atheist

sodomites - Sodomiten; Sodomit

banishment - Verbannung

factions - Fraktionen; Splitterpartei

villains - Schurken; Schurke, Gauner, Halunke, Bösewicht, qualifieram

challenged - herausgefordert; Herausforderung, Herausforderung

bawds - Kupplerinnen; Kupplerin

whores - Hure, Nutte, Schlampe, Dirne, prostituieren

pimps - Kuppler, Zuhälter

parasites - Parasiten; Parasit, Schmarotzer, Parasit

buffoons - Possenreißer; Hanswurst, Kasper, Narr, Närrin, kaspern

How low an opinion I had of human wisdom and integrity, when I was truly informed of the springs and motives of great enterprises and revolutions in the world, and of the contemptible accidents to which they owed their success.

Here I discovered the roguery and ignorance of those who pretend to write anecdotes, or secret history; who send so many kings to their graves with a cup of poison; will repeat the discourse between a prince and chief minister, where no witness was by; unlock the thoughts and cabinets of ambassadors and secretaries of state; and have the perpetual misfortune to be mistaken. Here I discovered the true causes of many great events that have surprised the world; how a whore can govern the back-stairs, the back-stairs a council, and the council a senate. A general confessed, in my presence, "that he got a victory purely by the force of cowardice and ill conduct;" and an admiral, "that, for want of proper intelligence, he beat the enemy, to whom he intended to betray the fleet.

roguery - Schurkerei; Gaunerei

anecdotes - Anekdoten; Anekdote, Anekdote

graves - Gräber; feierlich, Gruft, massiv, würdig, ernst

poison - Gift, Giftstoff, vergiften

witness - Zeugnis; Zeuge, Zeugin, bezeugen, erman: Zeuge sein

unlock - aufschließen, entriegeln, entsperren (screen, Device, PC

cabinets - Schränke; Schrank, Wandschrank, Kabinett

whore - Hure, Nutte, Schlampe, Dirne, prostituieren

victory - Sieg

purely - rein, bloß

Three kings protested to me, "that in their whole reigns they never did once prefer any person of merit, unless by mistake, or treachery of some minister in whom they confided; neither would they do it if they were to live again:" and they showed, with great strength of reason, "that the royal throne could not be supported without corruption, because that positive, confident, restiff temper, which virtue infused into a man, was a perpetual clog to public business."

Reigns - Herrschaft, Regentschaft, Regentschaft, herrschen, regieren

by mistake - irrtümlich, aus Versehen, fälschlicherweise

treachery - Verrat

confided - anvertraut; vertrauen, einweihen, ins Vertrauen ziehen

clog - Holzschuh, Holzpantoffel, Pantine, hemmen, verstopfen, Klotz

I had the curiosity to inquire in a particular manner, by what methods great numbers had procured to themselves high titles of honour, and prodigious estates; and I confined my inquiry to a very modern period: however, without grating upon present times, because I would be sure to give no offence even to foreigners (for I hope the reader need not be told, that I do not in the least intend my own country, in what I say upon this occasion,) a great number of persons concerned were called up; and, upon a very slight examination, discovered such a scene of infamy, that I cannot reflect upon it without some seriousness. Perjury, oppression, subornation, fraud, pandarism, and the like infirmities, were among the most excusable arts they had to mention; and for these I gave, as it was reasonable, great allowance.

number of persons - Personenzahl

examination - Prüfung, Untersuchung, Test, Überprüfung

infamy - Berühmtheit; Schande

seriousness - Ernsthaftigkeit

perjury - Meineid

oppression - Unterdrückung

subornation - Anstiftung

pandarism - Pandarismus

excusable - entschuldbar

But when some confessed they owed their greatness and wealth to sodomy, or incest; others, to the prostituting of their own wives and daughters; others, to the betraying of their country or their prince; some, to poisoning; more to the perverting of justice, in order to destroy the innocent, I hope I may be pardoned, if these discoveries inclined me a little to abate of that profound veneration, which I am naturally apt to pay to persons of high rank, who ought to be treated with the utmost respect due to their sublime dignity, by us their inferiors.

greatness - Großartigkeit; Größe

sodomy - Sodomie; Analverkehr

Incest - Inzest

prostituting - prostituieren

betraying - verraten, im Stich lassen, verraten, verraten, verraten

poisoning - Vergiftung; (poison); Gift, Giftstoff, vergiften

abate - nachlassen; vermindern, verzehren (Rauch), verringern

inferiors - Untergebene; untergeordnet, nachgeordnet, unterlegen, tiefer

I had often read of some great services done to princes and states, and desired to see the persons by whom those services were performed. Upon inquiry I was told, "that their names were to be found on no record, except a few of them, whom history has represented as the vilest of rogues and traitors." As to the rest, I had never once heard of them. They all appeared with dejected looks, and in the meanest habit; most of them telling me, "they died in poverty and disgrace, and the rest on a scaffold or a gibbet.

record - protokollieren, erfassen, aufzeichnen, aufnehmen; Akte

vilest - am bösartigsten; abscheulich, gemein, schnöde

rogues - Schurken; Schurke, Lümmel, Strolch, Vagabund, Landstreicher

traitors - Verräter, Verräterin, Vaterlandsverräter, Vaterlandsverräterin

dejected - niedergeschlagen; entmutigen

poverty - Armut

Among others, there was one person, whose case appeared a little singular. He had a youth about eighteen years old standing by his side. He told me, "he had for many years been commander of a ship; and in the sea fight at Actium had the good fortune to break through the enemy's great line of battle, sink three of their capital ships, and take a fourth, which was the sole cause of Antony's flight, and of the victory that ensued; that the youth standing by him, his only son, was killed in the action." He added, "that upon the confidence of some merit, the war being at an end, he went to Rome, and solicited at the court of Augustus to be preferred to a greater ship, whose commander had been killed; but, without any regard to his pretensions, it was given to a boy who had never seen the sea, the son of Libertina, who waited on one of the emperor's mistresses.

standing by - beispringender

break through - durchbrechen

ensued - folgten; folgen, ansetzen, erfolgen, nachfolgen, resultieren

solicited - angefordert; anfordern, bedrängen, erbitten, nachsuchen, werben

Augustus - Augustus, August, Augustus

pretensions - Anmaßungen; Anspruch, Ăśberheblichkeit, Anmaßung

mistresses - Mätressen; Frau, Meisterin, Herrscherin, Mätresse, Liebhaberin

Returning back to his own vessel, he was charged with neglect of duty, and the ship given to a favourite page of Publicola, the vice-admiral; whereupon he retired to a poor farm at a great distance from Rome, and there ended his life." I was so curious to know the truth of this story, that I desired Agrippa might be called, who was admiral in that fight. He appeared, and confirmed the whole account: but with much more advantage to the captain, whose modesty had extenuated or concealed a great part of his merit.

neglect - Vernachlässigung; vernachlässigen, verabsäumen, versäumen

extenuated - gemildert; dämpfen, abschwächen

I was surprised to find corruption grown so high and so quick in that empire, by the force of luxury so lately introduced; which made me less wonder at many parallel cases in other countries, where vices of all kinds have reigned so much longer, and where the whole praise, as well as pillage, has been engrossed by the chief commander, who perhaps had the least title to either.

luxury - Luxus

pillage - plündern; Plünderung

engrossed - vertieft; beschlagnahmen, beanspruchen

I descended so low, as to desire some English yeoman of the old stamp might be summoned to appear; once so famous for the simplicity of their manners, diet, and dress; for justice in their dealings; for their true spirit of liberty; for their valour, and love of their country.

yeoman - Freisasse

Stamp - Stempel; stempeln; freimachen

summoned - vorgeladen; auffordern, vorladen

simplicity - Einfachheit

dealings - Geschäfte; handelnd

Neither could I be wholly unmoved, after comparing the living with the dead, when I considered how all these pure native virtues were prostituted for a piece of money by their grand-children; who, in selling their votes and managing at elections, have acquired every vice and corruption that can possibly be learned in a court.

prostituted - prostituieren

votes - Stimme, Votum

elections - Wahlen; Wahl


The author returns to Maldonada. Sails to the kingdom of Luggnagg. The author confined. He is sent for to court. The manner of his admittance. The king's great lenity to his subjects.

The day of our departure being come, I took leave of his highness, the Governor of Glubbdubdrib, and returned with my two companions to Maldonada, where, after a fortnight's waiting, a ship was ready to sail for Luggnagg. The two gentlemen, and some others, were so generous and kind as to furnish me with provisions, and see me on board. I was a month in this voyage. We had one violent storm, and were under a necessity of steering westward to get into the trade wind, which holds for above sixty leagues.

On the 21st of April, 1708, we sailed into the river of Clumegnig, which is a seaport town, at the south-east point of Luggnagg. We cast anchor within a league of the town, and made a signal for a pilot. Two of them came on board in less than half an hour, by whom we were guided between certain shoals and rocks, which are very dangerous in the passage, to a large basin, where a fleet may ride in safety within a cable's length of the town-wall.

pilot - Pilot, Pilotin, Flugzeugführer, Flugzeugführerin, Lotse, führen

guided - geführt; lenken, führen, anleiten, leiten; Handbuch, Anleitung

shoals - Untiefen; Schar, Untiefe

basin - Becken

safety - Sicherheit, Gefahrlosigkeit, Griffsicherung, Safety

Some of our sailors, whether out of treachery or inadvertence, had informed the pilots "that I was a stranger, and great traveller;" whereof these gave notice to a custom-house officer, by whom I was examined very strictly upon my landing. This officer spoke to me in the language of Balnibarbi, which, by the force of much commerce, is generally understood in that town, especially by seamen and those employed in the customs. I gave him a short account of some particulars, and made my story as plausible and consistent as I could; but I thought it necessary to disguise my country, and call myself a Hollander; because my intentions were for Japan, and I knew the Dutch were the only Europeans permitted to enter into that kingdom. I therefore told the officer, "that having been shipwrecked on the coast of Balnibarbi, and cast on a rock, I was received up into Laputa, or the flying island (of which he had often heard), and was now endeavouring to get to Japan, whence I might find a convenience of returning to my own country.

inadvertence - Unachtsamkeit

pilots - Piloten; Pilot, Pilotin, Flugzeugführer, Flugzeugführerin

gave notice - kündigte

custom-house - (custom-house) Zollhaus

plausible - plausibel, glaubhaft

Hollander - Holländer

The officer said, "I must be confined till he could receive orders from court, for which he would write immediately, and hoped to receive an answer in a fortnight." I was carried to a convenient lodging with a sentry placed at the door; however, I had the liberty of a large garden, and was treated with humanity enough, being maintained all the time at the king's charge. I was invited by several persons, chiefly out of curiosity, because it was reported that I came from countries very remote, of which they had never heard.

sentry - Wache, Wachposten, Schildwache, Wachturm

humanity - die Menschheit; Menschheit; Humanität, Menschlichkeit

I hired a young man, who came in the same ship, to be an interpreter; he was a native of Luggnagg, but had lived some years at Maldonada, and was a perfect master of both languages. By his assistance, I was able to hold a conversation with those who came to visit me; but this consisted only of their questions, and my answers.

native of - gebürtig

The despatch came from court about the time we expected. It contained a warrant for conducting me and my retinue to Traldragdubh, or Trildrogdrib (for it is pronounced both ways as near as I can remember), by a party of ten horse. All my retinue was that poor lad for an interpreter, whom I persuaded into my service, and, at my humble request, we had each of us a mule to ride on. A messenger was despatched half a day's journey before us, to give the king notice of my approach, and to desire, "that his majesty would please to appoint a day and hour, when it would by his gracious pleasure that I might have the honour to lick the dust before his footstool." This is the court style, and I found it to be more than matter of form: for, upon my admittance two days after my arrival, I was commanded to crawl upon my belly, and lick the floor as I advanced; but, on account of my being a stranger, care was taken to have it made so clean, that the dust was not offensive. However, this was a peculiar grace, not allowed to any but persons of the highest rank, when they desire an admittance. Nay, sometimes the floor is strewed with dust on purpose, when the person to be admitted happens to have powerful enemies at court; and I have seen a great lord with his mouth so crammed, that when he had crept to the proper distance from the throne; he was not able to speak a word.

conducting - Leitung, Führung, leiten, führen, sich verhalten, sich benehmen

pronounced - ausgeprägt; verkünden, aussprechen, pronunzieren, aussprechen

mule - Schlappen, Maultier

appoint - ernennen; bestimmen, festlegen, ausstatten, ausrüsten

lick - schlecken, lecken; flitzen

footstool - Schemel, Fußbank

strewed - bestreut; streuen

Neither is there any remedy; because it is capital for those, who receive an audience to spit or wipe their mouths in his majesty's presence. There is indeed another custom, which I cannot altogether approve of: when the king has a mind to put any of his nobles to death in a gentle indulgent manner, he commands the floor to be strewed with a certain brown powder of a deadly composition, which being licked up, infallibly kills him in twenty-four hours. But in justice to this prince's great clemency, and the care he has of his subjects'lives (wherein it were much to be wished that the Monarchs of Europe would imitate him), it must be mentioned for his honour, that strict orders are given to have the infected parts of the floor well washed after every such execution, which, if his domestics neglect, they are in danger of incurring his royal displeasure. I myself heard him give directions, that one of his pages should be whipped, whose turn it was to give notice about washing the floor after an execution, but maliciously had omitted it; by which neglect a young lord of great hopes, coming to an audience, was unfortunately poisoned, although the king at that time had no design against his life. But this good prince was so gracious as to forgive the poor page his whipping, upon promise that he would do so no more, without special orders.

spit - speien, brutzeln, knistern (Feuer), spucken; Bratspieß

deadly - tödlich

licked - geleckt; schlecken, lecken; flitzen

kills - tötet; vernichten, totmachen, löschen, zerstören, töten

infected - infiziert; anstecken, infizieren, anstecken, infizieren

incurring - anfallen; zufügen, zurechnen, haftbar machen, in Haftung nehmen

To return from this digression. When I had crept within four yards of the throne, I raised myself gently upon my knees, and then striking my forehead seven times against the ground, I pronounced the following words, as they had been taught me the night before, Inckpling gloffthrobb squut serummblhiop mlashnalt zwin tnodbalkuffh slhiophad gurdlubh asht. This is the compliment, established by the laws of the land, for all persons admitted to the king's presence. It may be rendered into English thus: "May your celestial majesty outlive the sun, eleven moons and a half!

digression - Exkurs, Umschweif, Abschweifung

seven times - siebenmal

asht - Asche

established - etabliert; feststellen, etablieren, eröffnen, gründen

celestial - himmlisch; Himmels-

outlive - überleben

To this the king returned some answer, which, although I could not understand, yet I replied as I had been directed: Fluft drin yalerick dwuldom prastrad mirpush, which properly signifies, "My tongue is in the mouth of my friend;" and by this expression was meant, that I desired leave to bring my interpreter; whereupon the young man already mentioned was accordingly introduced, by whose intervention I answered as many questions as his majesty could put in above an hour. I spoke in the Balnibarbian tongue, and my interpreter delivered my meaning in that of Luggnagg.

dwuldom - Duldung

intervention - Intervention, Eingriff

The king was much delighted with my company, and ordered his bliffmarklub, or high-chamberlain, to appoint a lodging in the court for me and my interpreter; with a daily allowance for my table, and a large purse of gold for my common expenses.

I staid three months in this country, out of perfect obedience to his majesty; who was pleased highly to favour me, and made me very honourable offers. But I thought it more consistent with prudence and justice to pass the remainder of my days with my wife and family.

more consistent - konsequenter


The Luggnaggians commended. A particular description of the Struldbrugs, with many conversations between the author and some eminent persons upon that subject.

commended - gelobt; belobigen, beglückwünschen, loben, anvertrauen

The Luggnaggians are a polite and generous people; and although they are not without some share of that pride which is peculiar to all Eastern countries, yet they show themselves courteous to strangers, especially such who are countenanced by the court. I had many acquaintance, and among persons of the best fashion; and being always attended by my interpreter, the conversation we had was not disagreeable.

eastern - Osten; östlich, Ost

countenanced - gebilligt; Antlitz

One day, in much good company, I was asked by a person of quality, "whether I had seen any of their struldbrugs, or immortals?" I said, "I had not;" and desired he would explain to me "what he meant by such an appellation, applied to a mortal creature." He told me "that sometimes, though very rarely, a child happened to be born in a family, with a red circular spot in the forehead, directly over the left eyebrow, which was an infallible mark that it should never die." The spot, as he described it, "was about the compass of a silver threepence, but in the course of time grew larger, and changed its colour; for at twelve years old it became green, so continued till five and twenty, then turned to a deep blue: at five and forty it grew coal black, and as large as an English shilling; but never admitted any further alteration." He said, "these births were so rare, that he did not believe there could be above eleven hundred struldbrugs, of both sexes, in the whole kingdom; of which he computed about fifty in the metropolis, and, among the rest, a young girl born; about three years ago: that these productions were not peculiar to any family, but a mere effect of chance; and the children of the struldbrugs themselves were equally mortal with the rest of the people.

immortals - Unsterbliche; unsterblich, unvergesslich

appellation - Benennung, Bezeichnung, Herkunftsbezeichnung

rarely - selten

eyebrow - Braue, Augenbraue

threepence - drei Pence

coal - Kohle, Steinkohle

shilling - Schilling

alteration - Abänderung; Änderung, Veränderung

productions - Produktionen; Produktion, Herstellung, Produktion, Produktion

I freely own myself to have been struck with inexpressible delight, upon hearing this account: and the person who gave it me happening to understand the Balnibarbian language, which I spoke very well, I could not forbear breaking out into expressions, perhaps a little too extravagant. I cried out, as in a rapture, "Happy nation, where every child hath at least a chance for being immortal! Happy people, who enjoy so many living examples of ancient virtue, and have masters ready to instruct them in the wisdom of all former ages! but happiest, beyond all comparison, are those excellent struldbrugs, who, being born exempt from that universal calamity of human nature, have their minds free and disengaged, without the weight and depression of spirits caused by the continual apprehensions of death!" I discovered my admiration that I had not observed any of these illustrious persons at court; the black spot on the forehead being so remarkable a distinction, that I could not have easily overlooked it: and it was impossible that his majesty, a most judicious prince, should not provide himself with a good number of such wise and able counsellors.

inexpressible - unaussprechlich

breaking out - ausbrechend

rapture - Entrückung; Ekstase, Taumel, Verzückung, Entzücken

immortal - unsterblich; unvergesslich

exempt - befreit, checkausgenommen, befreien, checkausnehmen

depression - Senke; Depression, Abschwung

caused - verursacht; Ursache, Anlass, Grund, Sache, verursachen

black spot - blauer Fleck, häufige Unglücksstelle

remarkable - bemerkenswert, verwunderlich, denkwürdig, beachtenswert

overlooked - Übersicht, Überblick, bemerken

Yet perhaps the virtue of those reverend sages was too strict for the corrupt and libertine manners of a court: and we often find by experience, that young men are too opinionated and volatile to be guided by the sober dictates of their seniors. However, since the king was pleased to allow me access to his royal person, I was resolved, upon the very first occasion, to deliver my opinion to him on this matter freely and at large, by the help of my interpreter; and whether he would please to Take my advice or not, yet in one thing I was determined, that his majesty having frequently offered me an establishment in this country, I would, with great thankfulness, accept the favour, and pass my life here in the conversation of those superior beings the struldbrugs, if they would please to admit me."

Reverend - Hochwürden

libertine - Wüstling

opinionated - rechthaberisch

sober - nüchtern, besonnen, ernst, gedeckt, ernüchtern, ausnüchtern

dictates - diktiert; Diktat

seniors - Ältere Menschen; älter

Take my advice - Hören Sie auf meinen Rat!

thankfulness - Dankbarkeit

beings - Wesen

admit - einlassen, zulassen, zugeben, eingestehen, erlauben, einweisen

The gentleman to whom I addressed my discourse, because (as I have already observed) he spoke the language of Balnibarbi, said to me, with a sort of a smile which usually arises from pity to the ignorant, "that he was glad of any occasion to keep me among them, and desired my permission to explain to the company what I had spoke." He did so, and they talked together for some time in their own language, whereof I understood not a syllable, neither could I observe by their countenances, what impression my discourse had made on them. After a short silence, the same person told me, "that his friends and mine (so he thought fit to express himself) were very much pleased with the judicious remarks I had made on the great happiness and advantages of immortal life, and they were desirous to know, in a particular manner, what scheme of living I should have formed to myself, if it had fallen to my lot to have been born a struldbrug.

arises - entsteht; sich erheben, aufstehen, entstehen, auftreten

remarks - Bemerkungen; bemerken; Anmerkung, Bemerkung

advantages - Vorteile; Vorteil, Vorteil, Vorzug, Vorteil

fallen to - zugefallen

I answered, "it was easy to be eloquent on so copious and delightful a subject, especially to me, who had been often apt to amuse myself with visions of what I should do, if I were a king, a general, or a great lord: and upon this very case, I had frequently run over the whole system how I should employ myself, and pass the time, if I were sure to live for ever.

eloquent - wortgewandt

delightful - reizvoll, entzückend, angenehm

amuse - amüsieren, vergnügen, belustigen, erheitern

run over - herüberfahren, überfließen

"That, if it had been my good fortune to come into the world a struldbrug, as soon as I could discover my own happiness, by understanding the difference between life and death, I would first resolve, by all arts and methods, whatsoever, to procure myself riches. In the pursuit of which, by thrift and management, I might reasonably expect, in about two hundred years, to be the wealthiest man in the kingdom. In the second place, I would, from my earliest youth, apply myself to the study of arts and sciences, by which I should arrive in time to excel all others in learning. Lastly, I would carefully record every action and event of consequence, that happened in the public, impartially draw the characters of the several successions of princes and great ministers of state, with my own observations on every point.

resolve - auflösen, beschließen

procure - beschaffen, erwerben, besorgen, aufbringen

pursuit - Verfolgung

thrift - Sparsamkeit; Grasnelke

wealthiest - am reichsten; wohlhabend, reich

successions - Nachfolge; Abfolge, Thronfolge

I would exactly set down the several changes in customs, language, fashions of dress, diet, and diversions. By all which acquirements, I should be a living treasure of knowledge and wisdom, and certainly become the oracle of the nation.

acquirements - Errungenschaften; Erwerbung, Erlangung

treasure - Schatz; schätzen

"I would never marry after threescore, but live in a hospitable manner, yet still on the saving side. I would entertain myself in forming and directing the minds of hopeful young men, by convincing them, from my own remembrance, experience, and observation, fortified by numerous examples, of the usefulness of virtue in public and private life.

marry - heiraten, trauen, sich verehelichen

threescore - sechzig

hopeful - hoffnungsvoll

convincing - überzeugend; überzeugen

fortified - gestärkt; befestigen, verstärken, stärken, verstärken

But my choice and constant companions should be a set of my own immortal brotherhood; among whom, I would elect a dozen from the most ancient, down to my own contemporaries. Where any of these wanted fortunes, I would provide them with convenient lodges round my own estate, and have some of them always at my table; only mingling a few of the most valuable among you mortals, whom length of time would harden me to lose with little or no reluctance, and treat your posterity after the same manner; just as a man diverts himself with the annual succession of pinks and tulips in his garden, without regretting the loss of those which withered the preceding year.

choice - Wahl; Auswahl; erlesen

brotherhood - Brüderlichkeit; Bruderschaft; Kammer

elect - entscheiden, wählen, gewählt

contemporaries - Zeitgenossen; zeitgenössisch, zeitgenössisch, modern, zeitnah

lodges - Hütten; Lodge, Loge, Loge, Biberburg, feststecken, festklemmen

mingling - mischend, vermischend; (mingle); vermischen, vermengen

harden - aushärten; härten, verhärten, abhärten

reluctance - Widerstreben, Widerwillen, Widerwille, Zögern, Zaudern

tulips - Tulpen; Tulpe

regretting - bedauern, bereuen, leidtun, Reue, Bedauern

withered - verwelkt; welken, verblühen, verdorren

preceding year - Vorjahr

"These struldbrugs and I would mutually communicate our observations and memorials, through the course of time; remark the several gradations by which corruption steals into the world, and oppose it in every step, by giving perpetual warning and instruction to mankind; which, added to the strong influence of our own example, would probably prevent that continual degeneracy of human nature so justly complained of in all ages.

mutually - gegenseitig

communicate - mitteilen, übermitteln, kommunizieren, kundtun, weitergeben

remark - bemerken; Anmerkung, Bemerkung

steals - stiehlt; stehlen, entwenden, klauen, stehlen, stehlen, rauben

oppose - ablehnen; widersprechen

instruction - Unterricht; Anweisung; Assemblerbefehl

degeneracy - Entartung

"Add to this, the pleasure of seeing the various revolutions of states and empires; the changes in the lower and upper world; ancient cities in ruins, and obscure villages become the seats of kings; famous rivers lessening into shallow brooks; the ocean leaving one coast dry, and overwhelming another; the discovery of many countries yet unknown; barbarity overrunning the politest nations, and the most barbarous become civilized.

brooks - Bächlein; Bach

overwhelming - überwältigend; überwältigen, übermannen, überrumpeln, de

barbarity - Barbarei

overrunning - überrollt; befallen, überschwemmen, überhäufen, überziehen

politest - am höflichsten; höflich

civilized - zivilisiert; zivilisieren

I should then see the discovery of the longitude, the perpetual motion, the universal medicine, and many other great inventions, brought to the utmost perfection.

"What wonderful discoveries should we make in astronomy, by outliving and confirming our own predictions; by observing the progress and return of comets, with the changes of motion in the sun, moon, and stars!"

outliving - überleben

confirming - bestätigend; (confirm); bestätigen, bekräftigen

predictions - Vorhersagen; Voraussage, Vorhersage, Prophezeiung

I enlarged upon many other topics, which the natural desire of endless life, and sublunary happiness, could easily furnish me with. When I had ended, and the sum of my discourse had been interpreted, as before, to the rest of the company, there was a good deal of talk among them in the language of the country, not without some laughter at my expense. At last, the same gentleman who had been my interpreter, said, "he was desired by the rest to set me right in a few mistakes, which I had fallen into through the common imbecility of human nature, and upon that allowance was less answerable for them. That this breed of struldbrugs was peculiar to their country, for there were no such people either in Balnibarbi or Japan, where he had the honour to be ambassador from his majesty, and found the natives in both those kingdoms very hard to believe that the fact was possible: and it appeared from my astonishment when he first mentioned the matter to me, that I received it as a thing wholly new, and scarcely to be credited.

endless - endlos, unbegrenzt, unbeschränkt, unendlich

sublunary - sublunar

imbecility - Geistesschwäche, Schwachsinn

ambassador - Botschafter, Botschafterin

scarcely - knapp, kaum, wohl nicht, gerade erst

credited - gutgeschrieben; annehmen, für bare Münze nehmen, gutschreiben

That in the two kingdoms above mentioned, where, during his residence, he had conversed very much, he observed long life to be the universal desire and wish of mankind. That whoever had one foot in the grave was sure to hold back the other as strongly as he could. That the oldest had still hopes of living one day longer, and looked on death as the greatest evil, from which nature always prompted him to retreat. Only in this island of Luggnagg the appetite for living was not so eager, from the continual example of the struldbrugs before their eyes.

hold back - sich zögerlich geben, zurückhalten

prompted - veranlasst; Eingabeaufforderung, anleiten, antreiben

retreat - Rückzug

eager - eifrig, erwartungsvoll, begierig

"That the system of living contrived by me, was unreasonable and unjust; because it supposed a perpetuity of youth, health, and vigour, which no man could be so foolish to hope, however extravagant he may be in his wishes. That the question therefore was not, whether a man would choose to be always in the prime of youth, attended with prosperity and health; but how he would pass a perpetual life under all the usual disadvantages which old age brings along with it. For although few men will avow their desires of being immortal, upon such hard conditions, yet in the two kingdoms before mentioned, of Balnibarbi and Japan, he observed that every man desired to put off death some time longer, let it approach ever so late: and he rarely heard of any man who died willingly, except he were incited by the extremity of grief or torture.

unreasonable - unvernünftig, kompromisslos, nicht nachvollziehbar, unklug

perpetuity - Ewigkeit

wishes - Wunsch, wünschen, wünschen

prosperity - Prosperität, Wohlstand

disadvantages - Nachteile; Nachteil

desires - Sehnsüchte; begehren, begehren, Begehren

put off - aufschieben;abgespiesen

willingly - bereitwillig; gern, gerne

incited - angestiftet; anstacheln

And he appealed to me, whether in those countries I had travelled, as well as my own, I had not observed the same general disposition."

appealed - appelliert; Revision, Wirkung, Anziehungskraft; reizen, zusagen

After this preface, he gave me a particular account of the struldbrugs among them. He said, "they commonly acted like mortals till about thirty years old; after which, by degrees, they grew melancholy and dejected, increasing in both till they came to fourscore. This he learned from their own confession: for otherwise, there not being above two or three of that species born in an age, they were too few to form a general observation by. When they came to fourscore years, which is reckoned the extremity of living in this country, they had not only all the follies and infirmities of other old men, but many more which arose from the dreadful prospect of never dying. They were not only opinionative, peevish, covetous, morose, vain, talkative, but incapable of friendship, and dead to all natural affection, which never descended below their grandchildren. Envy and impotent desires are their prevailing passions.

increasing - zunehmen; steigernd, anwachsend, ansteigend

confession - Bekenntnis, Eingeständnis, Beichte

old men - Greise

arose from - entsprang

dreadful - furchtbar, schrecklich

opinionative - meinungsfreudig

peevish - mürrisch; quengelig, gereizt, verdrossen, verdrießlich

covetous - begehrlich

talkative - gesprächig, redselig, geschwätzig

grandchildren - Enkelkinder; Enkel, Enkelkind

prevailing - vorherrschend; erman: die Vorherrschaft erringen (''over'' über)

But those objects against which their envy seems principally directed, are the vices of the younger sort and the deaths of the old. By reflecting on the former, they find themselves cut off from all possibility of pleasure; and whenever they see a funeral, they lament and repine that others have gone to a harbour of rest to which they themselves never can hope to arrive. They have no remembrance of anything but what they learned and observed in their youth and middle-age, and even that is very imperfect; and for the truth or particulars of any fact, it is safer to depend on common tradition, than upon their best recollections. The least miserable among them appear to be those who turn to dotage, and entirely lose their memories; these meet with more pity and assistance, because they want many bad qualities which abound in others.

principally - grundsätzlich, im Prinzip, hauptsächlich

deaths - Todesfälle; Tod, Exitus, Tod, der Tod, Tod, Untergang

possibility - Möglichkeit

funeral - Bestattung, Beerdigung, Begräbnis

lament - beklagen; Klage, Wehklage, Klagen, Wehklagen, Klagegesang

repine - abstoßen; murren

safer - Sicherer; sicher, gefahrlos, sicher, sicher, sicher, Tresor

recollections - Erinnern Sie sich; Erinnerung

dotage - Senilität, Altersschwäche

"If a struldbrug happen to marry one of his own kind, the marriage is dissolved of course, by the courtesy of the kingdom, as soon as the younger of the two comes to be fourscore; for the law thinks it a reasonable indulgence, that those who are condemned, without any fault of their own, to a perpetual continuance in the world, should not have their misery doubled by the load of a wife.

marriage - Ehe, Heirat, Hochzeit, Eheschließung

Dissolved - AUFLÖSUNG; auflösen, auflösen, auflösen

courtesy - Höflichkeit

fault - Fehler; Schuld; Fehler, Charakterschwäche, Verfehlung

"As soon as they have completed the term of eighty years, they are looked on as dead in law; their heirs immediately succeed to their estates; only a small pittance is reserved for their support; and the poor ones are maintained at the public charge.

term - Termin, Semester, Begriff; Spielzeit, Saison; Amtszeit

heirs - Erben; Erbe, Erbin, Thronerbe

Succeed - Erfolgreich; nachfolgen; gelingen, geraten

pittance - ein Almosen; Hungerlohn; Almosen

reserved - Reservieren

After that period, they are held incapable of any employment of trust or profit; they cannot purchase lands, or take leases; neither are they allowed to be witnesses in any cause, either civil or criminal, not even for the decision of meers and bounds.

purchase - Einkauf, Anschaffung, kaufen, anschaffen

leases - Pachtverträge; (lea) Flur, Aue

"The language of this country being always upon the flux, the struldbrugs of one age do not understand those of another; neither are they able, after two hundred years, to hold any conversation (farther than by a few general words) with their neighbours the mortals; and thus they lie under the disadvantage of living like foreigners in their own country."

flux - Fluss; Flussmittel

This was the account given me of the struldbrugs, as near as I can remember.

I afterwards saw five or six of different ages, the youngest not above two hundred years old, who were brought to me at several times by some of my friends; but although they were told, "that I was a great traveller, and had seen all the world," they had not the least curiosity to ask me a question; only desired "I would give them slumskudask," or a token of remembrance; which is a modest way of begging, to avoid the law, that strictly forbids it, because they are provided for by the public, although indeed with a very scanty allowance.

slumskudask - Slumskudaske

token - Zeichen, Symbol, Andenken, Souvenir, Erinnerung, Jeton

forbids - verbietet; verbieten, untersagen, verweigern, vorenthalten

They were the most mortifying sight I ever beheld; and the women more horrible than the men. Besides the usual deformities in extreme old age, they acquired an additional ghastliness, in proportion to their number of years, which is not to be described; and among half a dozen, I soon distinguished which was the eldest, although there was not above a century or two between them.

mortifying - demütigend; abtöten, töten, abtöten

more horrible - abscheulichere

additional - zusätzlich

ghastliness - Grausamkeit

The reader will easily believe, that from what I had hear and seen, my keen appetite for perpetuity of life was much abated. I grew heartily ashamed of the pleasing visions I had formed; and thought no tyrant could invent a death into which I would not run with pleasure, from such a life.

keen - eifrig, scharf

tyrant - Tyrann, Tyrannin, checkTyrannin

invent - erfinden; ausdenken

The king heard of all that had passed between me and my friends upon this occasion, and rallied me very pleasantly; wishing I could send a couple of struldbrugs to my own country, to arm our people against the fear of death; but this, it seems, is forbidden by the fundamental laws of the kingdom, or else I should have been well content with the trouble and expense of transporting them.

pleasantly - angenehme, angenehm

content with - begnügen

transporting - transportierend; (transport); transportieren, befördern

I could not but agree, that the laws of this kingdom relative to the struldbrugs were founded upon the strongest reasons, and such as any other country would be under the necessity of enacting, in the like circumstances.

relative - vergleichsweise, relativ, Verwandter, Blutsverwandter, Verwandte

enacting - in Kraft setzen; spielen, ausführen

Otherwise, as avarice is the necessary consequence of old age, those immortals would in time become proprietors of the whole nation, and engross the civil power, which, for want of abilities to manage, must end in the ruin of the public.

proprietors - Eigentümern; Inhaber, Inhaberin, Besitzer, Besitzerin, Besitzer

engross - fesseln; beschlagnahmen, beanspruchen


The author leaves Luggnagg, and sails to Japan. From thence he returns in a Dutch ship to Amsterdam, and from Amsterdam to England.

Amsterdam - Amsterdam

There is indeed a perpetual commerce between this kingdom and the great empire of Japan; and it is very probable, that the Japanese authors may have given some account of the struldbrugs; but my stay in Japan was so short, and I was so entirely a stranger to the language, that I was not qualified to make any inquiries. But I hope the Dutch, upon this notice, will be curious and able enough to supply my defects.

His majesty having often pressed me to accept some employment in his court, and finding me absolutely determined to return to my native country, was pleased to give me his license to depart; and honoured me with a letter of recommendation, under his own hand, to the Emperor of Japan.

He likewise presented me with four hundred and forty-four large pieces of gold (this nation delighting in even numbers), and a red diamond, which I sold in England for eleven hundred pounds.

diamond - Stern, Diamant

On the 6th of May, 1709, I took a solemn leave of his majesty, and all my friends. This prince was so gracious as to order a guard to conduct me to Glanguenstald, which is a royal port to the south-west part of the island. In six days I found a vessel ready to carry me to Japan, and spent fifteen days in the voyage. We landed at a small port-town called Xamoschi, situated on the south-east part of Japan; the town lies on the western point, where there is a narrow strait leading northward into along arm of the sea, upon the north-west part of which, Yedo, the metropolis, stands. At landing, I showed the custom-house officers my letter from the king of Luggnagg to his imperial majesty. They knew the seal perfectly well; it was as broad as the palm of my hand. The impression was, A king lifting up a lame beggar from the earth. The magistrates of the town, hearing of my letter, received me as a public minister. They provided me with carriages and servants, and bore my charges to Yedo; where I was admitted to an audience, and delivered my letter, which was opened with great ceremony, and explained to the Emperor by an interpreter, who then gave me notice, by his majesty's order, "that I should signify my request, and, whatever it were, it should be granted, for the sake of his royal brother of Luggnagg." This interpreter was a person employed to transact affairs with the Hollanders. He soon conjectured, by my countenance, that I was a European, and therefore repeated his majesty's commands in Low Dutch, which he spoke perfectly well. I answered, as I had before determined, "that I was a Dutch merchant, shipwrecked in a very remote country, whence I had travelled by sea and land to Luggnagg, and then took shipping for Japan; where I knew my countrymen often traded, and with some of these I hoped to get an opportunity of returning into Europe: I therefore most humbly entreated his royal favour, to give order that I should be conducted in safety to Nangasac.

Strait - Meerenge, Straße

seal - versiegeln; Siegel, Stempel, Seehund

beggar - Bettler, Bettlerin

magistrates - Magistrate; richterlicher Beamter

sake - (for your sake) deinetwegen, euretwegen, Ihretwegen, dir zuliebe

transact - abwickeln

Hollanders - Holländer

merchant - Kaufmann, Kauffrau

traded - gehandelt; Handel, Kommerz, Handel, Geschäft

To this I added another petition, "that for the sake of my patron the king of Luggnagg, his majesty would condescend to excuse my performing the ceremony imposed on my countrymen, of trampling upon the crucifix: because I had been thrown into his kingdom by my misfortunes, without any intention of trading." When this latter petition was interpreted to the Emperor, he seemed a little surprised; and said, "he believed I was the first of my countrymen who ever made any scruple in this point; and that he began to doubt, whether I was a real Hollander, or not; but rather suspected I must be a Christian. However, for the reasons I had offered, but chiefly to gratify the king of Luggnagg by an uncommon mark of his favour, he would comply with the singularity of my humour; but the affair must be managed with dexterity, and his officers should be commanded to let me pass, as it were by forgetfulness. For he assured me, that if the secret should be discovered by my countrymen the Dutch, they would cut my throat in the voyage." I returned my thanks, by the interpreter, for so unusual a favour; and some troops being at that time on their march to Nangasac, the commanding officer had orders to convey me safe thither, with particular instructions about the business of the crucifix.

condescend to - geruhe

imposed - auferlegt; auferlegen, aufzwingen, auferlegen

crucifix - Kruzifix

trading - Handels.., kaufmännisch; (trad) Handels.., kaufmännisch

convey - vermitteln; befördern, transportieren, verfrachten, übermitteln

On the 9th day of June, 1709, I arrived at Nangasac, after a very long and troublesome journey. I soon fell into the company of some Dutch sailors belonging to the Amboyna, of Amsterdam, a stout ship of 450 tons. I had lived long in Holland, pursuing my studies at Leyden, and I spoke Dutch well. The seamen soon knew whence I came last: they were curious to inquire into my voyages and course of life. I made up a story as short and probable as I could, but concealed the greatest part. I knew many persons in Holland. I was able to invent names for my parents, whom I pretended to be obscure people in the province of Gelderland. I would have given the captain (one Theodorus Vangrult) what he pleased to ask for my voyage to Holland; but understanding I was a surgeon, he was contented to take half the usual rate, on condition that I would serve him in the way of my calling.

contented - Zufrieden; (to be content with) sich mit etwas begnügen

on condition - unter der Auflage

Before we took shipping, I was often asked by some of the crew, whether I had performed the ceremony above mentioned? I evaded the question by general answers; "that I had satisfied the Emperor and court in all particulars." However, a malicious rogue of a skipper went to an officer, and pointing to me, told him, "I had not yet trampled on the crucifix;" but the other, who had received instructions to let me pass, gave the rascal twenty strokes on the shoulders with a bamboo; after which I was no more troubled with such questions.

evaded - entgangen; ausweichen, meiden, sich entziehen

skipper - Schiffer, Schiffskapitän

trampled - zertrampelt; trampeln, zertrampeln, herumtrampeln

rascal - Schlingel; Gauner, Strolch, Bösewicht, Schurke, Bengel

strokes - Schlaganfälle; streicheln; Stoß, Schlag, Streich, Hub

bamboo - Bambus, Bambusrohr

Nothing happened worth mentioning in this voyage. We sailed with a fair wind to the Cape of Good Hope, where we staid only to take in fresh water. On the 10th of April, 1710, we arrived safe at Amsterdam, having lost only three men by sickness in the voyage, and a fourth, who fell from the foremast into the sea, not far from the coast of Guinea.

foremast - Fockmast

guinea - Guinea

From Amsterdam I soon after set sail for England, in a small vessel belonging to that city.

On the 16th of April we put in at the Downs. I landed next morning, and saw once more my native country, after an absence of five years and six months complete. I went straight to Redriff, where I arrived the same day at two in the afternoon, and found my wife and family in good health.