Gulliver's Travels Into Several Remote Nations Of The World
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26o           GULLIVER'S TRAVELS
articles of domestic management; whereby, as he truly observed, one half of our natives were good for nothing but bringing children into the world: and to trust the care of our children to such useless animals, he said, was yet a greater instance of brutality.
But the Houyhnhnms train up their youth to strength, speed, and hardiness, by exercising them in running races up and down steep hills, and over hard stony grounds, and when they are all in a sweat, they are ordered to leap over head and ears into a pond or river. Four times a year, the youth of a certain district meet to shew their proficiency in running, and leaping, and other feats of strength and agility; where the victor is rewarded with a song in his or her praise. On this festival, the servants drive a herd of Yahoos into the field, laden with hay, and oats, and milk, for a repast to the Houyhnhnms; after which these brutes are immediately driven back again, for fear of being noisome to the assembly.
Every fourth year, at the Vernal Equinox, there is a
representative council of the whole nation, which meets in
a plain about twenty miles from our house, and continues
about five or six days. Here they enquire into the state
and condition of the several districts; whether they abound
or be deficient in hay or oats, or cows or Yahoos. And
wherever there is any want (which is but seldom)
it is immediately supplied by unanimous
consent and contribution. Here likewise
the regulation of children is settled:
as for instance, if a Houyhnhnm
hath two males, he chan-
geth one of them with-
another that hath
two females.
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