Gulliver's Travels Into Several Remote Nations Of The World
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248            GULLIVER'S TRAVELS
white, the sorrel, and the iron grey were not so exactly shaped as the bay, the dapple grey, and the black; nor born with equal talents of the mind, or a capacity to improve them; and therefore continued always in the condition of servants, without ever aspiring to match out of their own race, which, in that country, would be reckoned monstrous and unnatural.
I made his honour my humble acknowledgments for the good opinion he was pleased to conceive of me; but assured him, at the same time, that my birth was of the lower sort, having been born of plain honest parents, who were just able to give me a tolerable education: that nobility among us was altogether a different thing from the idea he had of it; that our young noblemen are bred from their childhood in idleness and luxury; and when their fortunes are almost ruined, they marry some woman of mean birth, disagreeable person, and unsound constitution, merely for the sake of money, whom they hate and despise. That a weak diseased body, a meagre countenance, and sallow complexion are the true marks of noble blood; and a healthy robust appear­ance disgraceful in a man of quality. The imperfections of his mind run parallel with those of his body, being a com­position of spleen, dulness, ignorance, caprice, sensuality, and pride.
Without the consent of this illustrious body, no law can be made, repealed, or altered; and these have the decisions of all our possessions, without appeal.
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