What Traits of European Scholars in Gulliver's Travels

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      When a professor at the academy demonstrated an invention that had employed all his thoughts from his youth, the author humbly acknowledged his invention and assured him that if he would ever be able to reach his native country, he would do him justice as the sole inventor of that wonderful machine but also warned him about the crooked nature of the learned of Europe and England when he said that it was the custom of the learned in Europe to steal inventions from each other, and that it always remained a controversy as to who was the rightful owner. These comments highlight the dishonesty, roguery and unhealthy rivalry rife among European scholars.

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