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diftance from the Height where I ftood. Ithen put my felf into the most suppli cating Poftures, and fpoke in the humbleft Accent, but received no Answer. Those who stood nearest over-against me, feemed to be Perfons of Distinction, as I fuppofed by their Habit. They conferred earnestly with each other, looking often upon me. At length one of them called out in a clear, polite, fmooth Dialect, not unlike in Sound to the Italian ; and therefore I returned an Anfwer in that Language, hoping at least that the Cadence might be more agreeable to his Ears. Although neither of us underftood the other, yet my Meaning was cafily known, for the People saw the Diftrefs I was in.

THEY made Signs for me to come down from the Rock, and go towards the Shoar, which I accordingly did; and the flying Island being raised to a convenient Height, the Verge directly over me,

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a Chain was let down from the loweft Gallery, with a Seat faften'd to the bot tom, to which I fixed, my felf, and was drawn up by Pullies..

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The Humours and Difpofitions of the Laputians defcribed. An Account of their Learning. Of the King and his Court. The Author's Reception there. The Inhabitants fubject to Fears and Dif quietudes. An Account of the Wo

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T my alighting I was furrounded by a Crowd of People; but those who stood nearest, seemed

to be of better Quality. They beheld me with all the Marks and Circumstances of Wonder, neither, indeed was I much in their debt, having never till then feen a Race of Mortals fo fingular in their

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Shapes, Habits, and Countenances. Their Heads were all reclined either to the right, or the left; one of the Eyes turned inward, and the other directly up to the Zenith. Their outward Garments were adorned with the Figures of Suns, Moons, and Stars, interwoven with those of Fiddles, Flutes, Harps, Trumpets, Guittars, Harpficords, and many more Inftruments of Mufick, unknown to us in Europe. I obferved here and there many in the Habit of Servants, with a blown Bladder faften'd like a Flail to the End of a fhort Stick, which they carried in their Hands. In each Bladder was a fmall Quantity of dryed Pease, or little Pebbles, (as I was afterwards informed.). With thefe Bladders they now and then flapped the Mouths and Ears of those who ftood near them, of which Practice I could not then conceive the Meaning: It feens, the Minds of thefe People are fo taken up with intenfe Speculations, that they neither can fpeak, nor attend to the Difcourfes of others, without be

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ing rouzed by fome external Taction upon the Organs of Speech and Hearing; for which reason, thofe Perfons who are able to afford it always keep a Flapper (the Original is Climenole) in their Family, as one of their Domesticks, nor ever walk abroad or make Vifits without him. And the Business of this Officer is, when two or three more Perfons are in Company, gently to ftrike with his Bladder the Mouth of him who is to fpeak, and the right Ear of him or them to whom the Speaker addreffeth himself. This Flapper is likewife employed diligently to attend his Mafter in his Walks, and, upon occafion, to give him a foft Flap on his Eyes, because he is always fo wrapped up in Cogitation, that he is in manifeft danger of falling down every Precipice, and bouncing his Head against every Poft, and in the Streets of juftling others, or being juftled himself into the Kennel.

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