Gulliver's Travels Into Several Remote Nations Of The World
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164            GULLIVER'S TRAVELS
tutors, without extreme difficulty, teach him to demon­strate the most easy proposition in the mathematics. 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.
On the 16th day 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.
The continent, as far as it is subject to the monarch of the Flying Island, passes under the general name of Balni-barbi; and the metropolis, as I said before, is called Lagado. 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,
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