Gulliver's Travels Into Several Remote Nations Of The World
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Jonathan Swift's Famous Book, Illustrated By Arthur Rackham

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GULLIVER'S TRAVELS
beaten, while they were young, for any mischievous tricks; that they were, indeed, sensible of rewards and punish­ments: but his honour would please to consider, that they had not the least tincture of reason, any more than the Yahoos in this country.
It put me to the pains of many circumlocutions to give my master a right idea of what I spoke; for their language doth not abound in variety of words, because their wants and passions are fewer than among us. But it is impos­sible to represent his noble resentment at our savage treat­ment of the Houyhnhnm race. He said, if it were possible there could be any country where Yahoos alone were endued with reason, they certainly must be the governing animal; because reason will in time always prevail against brutal strength. But, considering the frame of our bodies, and especially of mine, he thought no creature of equal bulk was so ill contrived for employing that reason in the common offices of life; whereupon, he desired to know whether those among whom I lived resembled me, or the Yahoos of his country. I assured him, that I was as well shaped as most of my age: but the younger, and the females, were much more soft and tender, and the skins of the latter, generally as white as milk. He said I differed, indeed, from other Yahoos, being much more cleanly, and not altogether so deformed; but in point of real advantage, he thought I differed for the worse. That my nails were of no use, either to my fore or hinder-feet; as to my fore­feet, he could not properly call them by that name, for he never observed me to walk upon them; that they were too soft to bear the ground; that I generally went with them uncovered, neither was the covering I sometimes wore on them of the same shape, or so strong as that on my feet behind. That I could not walk with any security, for, if either of my hinder-feet slipped, I must inevitably fall. He then began to find fault with other parts of my body; the flatness of my face, the prominence of my nose, mine eyes
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