Gulliver's Travels: Part 3, Chapter 7 - Summary

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      This chapter begins with a short description of the geographical location of this kingdom. The author also provides information about the island of Luggnagg. Fifty miles away from Lagado, there is a port which is used for trade and commerce with the great island of Luggnagg. This island is located southeastward of Japan. The author arrives at the port of Maldonada to board a ship for Luggnagg but since there is no ship in the harbour, on the proposal of an acquaintance, the author decides to take a trip to the little island of Glubbdubdrib. Glubbdubdrib is the island of magicians. Many spirits serve the governor and his family as domestic help. Initially, the author feels uneasy and scared in their presence, but later on, becomes used to them. The author finds an opportunity to request the governor to call some particular spirits so that he can ask them some questions. On the request of the author, the spirits of Alexander, Julius Caesar, Brutus and many more are called. The author also speaks to the spirits of some late courtiers and high ranked officers and world famous heroes. When the author compares the senate of Rome with the modern representatives in counter-view, the first seems to him an assembly of heroes and demigods and the other a knot of peddlers, pick pockets, highwaymen and bullies. The author feels highly honoured to converse with Brutus. He is happy to learn that Brutus and his great ancestor Junius, Socrates, Epaminondas, Cato the younger and Thomas More now form a sextumvirate.

      The author’s own motive behind the calling of all these great personalities of the ancient times is to behold the destroyers of tyrants and the restorers of liberty.

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