Gulliver's Travels: Part 4, Chapter 10 - Summary

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      Gulliver is in complete harmony with his surroundings. The master gets a room made for him. The author furnishes this room for his comfort with the help of sorrel nag. He makes clothes and shoes for himself with the skin of Yahoos and other animals. He enjoys his bread and honey with great contentment. He expresses his content of spirit and peace of mind. The author here severely criticizes the wicked and crooked nature of the lawyers, physicians and the kind who deliberately make life miserable for others.

      The author is often asked questions by the visitors who come to see his master. Sometimes the author also accompanies his master in his visits to others. He praises generously the nature of these discourses as they are free of acrimony, interruptions and difference of sentiments. He observes the great understanding of his master regarding the basic instincts of Yahoos. He is so much inspired by the virtues of the Houyhnhnms that he soon begins to imitate them in every aspect. He develops so horrible a disgust for human beings that he finds the reflection of a Yahoo more delightful than his own.

      The community of the Houyhnhnms finds it objectionable and threatening to treat the author, who is a Yahoo, as one of the Houyhnhnms. Hence, the master is ordered to either put the author in servitude with the other Yahoos or to let him swim to his own country. Since the Houyhnhnms are afraid that the author may plan something destructive against their tribe in union with the other Yahoos, the first option is rejected. It is a catastrophic situation for the author as he does not want to go back to his corrupt world. Finally under the persuasion of his master, the author makes a boat with the assistance of the sorrel nag and takes leave from his master with tearful eyes.

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