Introduction: The Background Story
In the year 1727, Captain Gulliver writes a personal letter to his cousin, Sympson. He admits that he was persuaded by Sympson’s persistent urging to publish his loosely written account of his travels. Gulliver explains that he had intended for a young scholar to organize and refine his stories, similar to what his cousin Dampier did for his own book, “A Voyage round the World.” However, Gulliver never gave consent for anything to be omitted or added to his work.
Acknowledging Omissions and Misrepresentations
Gulliver expresses his disappointment with the way his cousin or an editor (referred to as an “interpolator”) handled the material. There were instances where important details were left out or manipulated, distorting the original meaning. Gulliver cites an example of a paragraph in which he supposedly praised Queen Anne, but he clarifies that the paragraph is entirely false. In fact, Gulliver reminds his cousin that during Queen Anne’s reign, she was governed by two chief ministers, Lord Godolphin and Lord Oxford.
Unintended Criticism and False Accounts
Gulliver continues to critique the account of the academy of projectors and various conversations he had with his master, the wise horse-like creature called a “Houyhnhnm.” He claims that crucial aspects were either omitted, altered, or downplayed, making it difficult for him to recognize his own work. Gulliver points out that his intention was never to praise humans before the Houyhnhnms, as it would be disrespectful. He adds that the false portrayal of humans being carried around by the Houyhnhnms like animals is why he chose to retreat and isolate himself.
Personal Grievances and Disappointment
Gulliver shares his frustration with his own lack of judgment in agreeing to publish his travels against his better judgment. He reminds Sympson of his warnings that the Yahoos, a savage and unchangeable species, would not be influenced by his teachings. Despite the time and effort invested in writing his book, Gulliver despairs that he hasn’t seen any positive impact or change in society. He had hoped that his book would initiate significant reforms, such as the eradication of corruption, the education of nobility, the improvement of the legal system, and the empowerment of virtuous women. However, Gulliver’s expectations have not been met, and instead, he receives weekly publications filled with accusations, criticisms, and false attributions.
Inconsistent Depictions and Alterations
Gulliver highlights the confusion caused by his printer’s mistakes in recording the accurate dates and details of his voyages. He also laments that his original manuscript was destroyed, leaving him without a copy. However, he provides some corrections to be included in a potential second edition, although he acknowledges that other readers may have differing opinions.
Language Differences and Misunderstandings
Gulliver addresses the criticism he has received regarding his use of “sea-language.” He explains that his early experiences at sea influenced his choice of vocabulary, but he concedes that even the sea Yahoos undergo linguistic changes over time. Whenever a Yahoo from London visits Gulliver, they struggle to understand each other due to their divergent dialects.
Defending the Validity of his Travels
Gulliver expresses his exasperation with the Nay-sayers who question the authenticity of his travels. While no Yahoo would doubt the existence of the peoples he encountered in Lilliput, Brobdingrag (spelled correctly), and Laputa, some people have challenged his accounts of the Houyhnhnms and Yahoos. Gulliver retorts that it is hypocritical for humans to deny the existence of these creatures, especially considering the similarities between the Yahoos in Houyhnhnmland and some humans in his society.
Upholding Truth and Personal Reform
Addressing the accusations of dishonesty, Gulliver emphasizes that he, as a Yahoo, has thoroughly learned to reject the vices of lying, deceiving, and equivocating through the guidance of his esteemed master. Despite his degeneration due to contact with humans, Gulliver asserts that he still benefits from the two intellectually inferior Houyhnhnms he keeps in his stable.
Conclusion: The End of Idealistic Reform
Gulliver concludes his letter by confessing that he has re-embraced some of his Yahoo-like tendencies after being back in human society. These tendencies, unfortunately, include engaging with his own family members. This experience has convinced him to abandon any further attempts to reform the Yahoo race. Gulliver assures his cousin that he has put an end to his visionary projects once and for all.
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