Gulliver's Travels: Part 4, Chapter 2 - Summary

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      The author walks three miles with the gray horse and arrives at a long kind of building made of timber and straw. He takes out his toys to please the inhabitants. Inside the building there are three nags and two mares sitting gently upon their hams, the rest of the horses are busy with domestic chores. The author concludes that the human beings of this land would be the wisest as they had trained these animals to be so amazingly gentle and human-like in behavior. The author has provided a description of the house in this chapter. He waits in the second room to meet the master and the mistress of the house but he is guided to a third room by the gray horse where he finds a comely mare together with a colt and foal. The mare gives the author a most contemptuous look after observing his hands and feet. The author again hears the word Yahoo repeated between them. Now the gray horse leads him to a building where he finds three of those beasts whom he had met when he first landed on the island. The largest of them is untied and brought to the yard where his features and body parts are compared with that of the author. The word Yahoo is repeated frequently. The author is horrified beyond measure when he finds that he bears a stark resemblance to that abominable creature. The creature is none other than a human being, representing the most barbarous, and savage physical and mental aspects of a degenerated human being. The clothes of the author perplex the gray horse and the sorrel nag and save him from being discovered as a complete Yahoo.

      The sorrel nag offers the author roots and flesh to eat, which the author politely declines. The sorrel nag then offers him a wisp of hay and a fetlock full of oats but these too are refused by the author. Finally, the author is given cow’s milk. The author depicts the well-mannered conduct of the colt and foal and also relates the way the family helped him to learn to pronounce different words. The master horse or the gray horse is worn: as there is nothing for the author to eat. The author relieves them from this worry by experimenting with oats to make bread and has it with warm milk. It is the most healthy diet that the author ever had since he never fell ill while he stayed on that island. Sometimes the author would catch a rabbit or a bird for a change of taste. A place is ordered for the author to lodge in, which is six yards from the master's house. The author makes himself a bed of straw and covers himself with his own clothes and sleeps soundly.

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