Gulliver's Travels: Part 2, Chapter 3 - Summary

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      Gulliver’s health was deteriorating day by day since his master was growing more and more greedy of money and employing him all day long to show his feats to the customers. This hard labor reduced Gulliver to a mere skeleton. The farmer wanted to earn maximum profits out of Gulliver at the earliest since he apprehended that Gulliver would die soon. In such a scenario, an usher came from the royal court and ordered the farmer to present Gulliver’s show before the queen. Being very much impressed by the politeness and courtesy of Gulliver, the queen bought him from the farmer. On the request of Gulliver, the farmer's daughter was also appointed as his nurse in the royal court. The king was astonished to see such a diminutive figure and initially perceived him to be a clock work. His scholars gave very unreliable observations. After talking to Gulliver personally, the king was convinced about the veracity of his accounts. Now Gulliver became a very well looked after guest of the royal palace and the farmer’s daughter was his constant companion and nurse. The queen was so fond of Gulliver that she did not dine without him. There was a dwarf in the palace who was jealous of Gulliver and left no opportunity to hurt him despite the severe punishment he received after each such trick. Gulliver felt offended when the king made fun of the customs and political parties of his native land but learned to bear it in a light spirit. A beautiful wooden box was specially carved for Gulliver and adorned with special furniture which became his abode. The wasps once entered this abode and picked away his cake. Gulliver killed four of the wasps and took away their stings and gave three of them to Gresham College after he returned to Europe.

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