Gulliver's Travels Into Several Remote Nations Of The World
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governed by a female man, called a queen. That I left it to get riches, whereby I might maintain myself and family when I should return. That, in my last voyage, I was commander of the ship, and had about fifty Yahoos under me, many of which died at sea, and I was forced to supply them by others, picked out from several nations. That our ship was twice in danger of being sunk; the first time by a great storm, and the second, by striking against a rock. Here my master interposed, by asking me how I could persuade strangers out of different countries to venture with me, after the losses I had sustained, and the hazards I had run. I said they were fellows of desperate fortunes, forced to fly from the places of their birth, on account of their poverty or their crimes. Some were undone by law­suits; others spent all they had in drinking and gaming; others fled for treason; many for murder, theft, poisoning, robbery, perjury, forgery, coining false money, for flying from their colours, or deserting to the enemy; and most of them had broken prison; none of these durst return to their native countries for fear of being hanged, or of starving in a jail; and, therefore, were under a necessity of seeking a livelihood in other places.
During this discourse, my master was pleased to interrupt me several times; I had made use of many circumlocutions, in describing to him the nature of several crimes, for which most of our crew had been forced to fly their country. This labour took up several days' conversation, before he was able to comprehend me. He was wholly at a loss to know what could be the use or necessity of practising those vices. To clear up which, I endeavoured to give him some ideas of the desire of power and riches; of the terrible effects of lust, intemperance, malice and envy. All this I was forced to define and describe, by putting cases, and making sup­positions. After which, like one whose imagination was struck with something never seen or heard of before, he would lift up his eyes with amazement and indignation.
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