A Voyage to Lilliput Chapter 3


                                         Chapter 3
CHAPTER REVIEW
1.Gulliver, gentle, decent, favourite of the emperor, entertained hopes of freedom watched rope-dancing and feats of leaping over sticks, released on conditions.
2.The emperor, watched feats of bravery, gave awards in the form of different coloured threads, decided to free Gulliver on some conditions.
3.Skyrris Bolgolam, member of imperial court, hostile to Gulliver, framed conditions for the release of Gulliver.
4.The emperor’s mathematicians calculated the amount of meat and would be enough for Gulliver.

                                         Plot

Gulliver became a favourite of the king. He impressed the lIttle men with his gentleness. The Lilliputians were not afraid of him. He was set free on certain conditions.

                                       Summary
Gulliver’s gentleness won him a favourable place in the court. The Emperor, the army and the people in general liked him. He became hopeful that he would soon be liberated from his chains. By now, he had also learnt the language of the Lilliputians. The Lilliputians too were not so apprehensive of him. Gulliver would sometime let five or six little men dance on his hand.
Some of the activities of Lilliputians amused and entertained him. One activity was rope dancing. It was performed by those persons who were candidates for high offices at the court. In rope dancing the candidates were asked to dance on a rope. Whoever jumped the highest without falling was given a high office. Many times the Emperor would ask the chief ministers or high officials to display their skill. For example, once Flimnap, the Treasurer, was asked to dance on a tight rope and exhibit his superiority over others. In the same way Reldresal, Principal Secretary for Private Affairs, was asked to show rope dancing skill. Sometimes, such an exhibition of skill would result in some tragic incident.
In order to gain high offices, another activity was performed by candidates. They were to leap over or creep under a stick which the emperor held. Anyone who successfully performed this activity was awarded a blue-coloured silken thread. The man who stood second was given a red coloured thread and the one who stood third was awarded a green coloured thread. The winners wore these threads round their waists as marks of honour.
Gulliver made petitions for his release time and again. The emperor made up his mind to release him on certain conditions. These conditions were framed by Skyrris Bolgolam, an influential member of the Royal Court. Accordingly, Gulliver was to take an oath to abide by the conditions laid down by them. It was decided that Gulliver wu1d be given a specific quantity of meat and drink enough to support 1728 Lilliputians. This quantity was calculated by the imperial mathematicians.

Very Short answer type questions and answers
Q.1. Which activities of the Lilliputians entertained Gulliver ?
Ans. Rope-dancing and leaping over sticks entertained Gulliver the most.

Q.2. Who asked the chief ministers to show their skill ?
Ans. The emperor asked the chief ministers to show their skill in ropedancing.

Q.3. Who was awarded blue coloured silken thread ?
Ans. Whoever performed his role with greatest nimbleness in leaping over sticks was awarded blue coloured silken thread.

Q.4. Who was Skyrris Bolgolam ? Was he kind or hostile to Gulliver ?
Ans. Skyrris Bolgolam was a member of the Imperial Court. He was hostile to Gulliver.

Q.5. Gulliver was to be given food equal to the meal of how many Lilliputians?
Ans. 1728 Lilliputians.

Short answer type questions and answers
Q.1. Describe the activity of the rope dancing at the Imperial Court.
Ans. Many activities were canied on in the court. One activity was rope-dancing. It was practised by candidates desirous of high offices. Whoever jumped the highest without falling was offered a high office.

Q.2.Describe the practice of leaping over sticks.
Ans. Leaping over sticks was an activity performed by candidates for high offices. The candidates were to leap over and sometimes to creep under a stick which the Emperor held. Anyone who performed it with greatest quickness was awarded coloured threads.

Q.3. How was Gulliver  able to win his freedom?
Ans. Gulliver made repeated petitions to the emperor for freedom. He also showed good behaviour. The emperor ultimately decided to free Gulliver on some CondItIons, specially framed by a member of the Imperial Cabinet.

Q.4. What were the conditions on which Gulliver was freed ?
Ans. Firstly, Gulliver was required to  take an oath that he would abide by the conditions. Secondly, he would be given a quantity of meat and drink sufficient for 1728   Lilliputians.

Q.5. What light does this chapter throw on the life of Lilliputians ?
Ans. The chapter shows that Lilliputians disciplined people. They had an Im Cabinet which framed laws for them. led a happy life indulging in activity and enjoyment.