A Voyage to Lilliput Chapter 4


                                         CHAPTER- 4
CHAPTER REVIEW
1.Gulliver, took a round of the city, saw the houses, shops, etc.
2.The emperor’s palace, in the centre of the metropolis.
3.Two parties in Lilliput, the ruling party and the opposition party.
4.Conflict between Big-endians and Little- endians with regard to how an egg should be broken.
5.Danger of invasion from the neighbouring country.
6.Gulliver promised to give full support to the Emperor of Lilliput.

                                                Plot
This chapter throws light on the city Milendo and the type of life led by the Lilliputians. There were two parties in Lilliput. There was also the danger of attack from the neighbouring country.

                                            Summary
After obtaining his liberty Gulliver sought the emperor’s permission to see Milendo, the metropolis. The permission was readily granted. An announcement was made in the city that people should keep away from Gulliver’s route so that they are not accidently trodden down. As Gulliver walked through the main street people stood on tops of their houses and in their garret windows to have a look of the man-mountain. Gulliver found that it was quite a big town capable of holding five hundred thousand people. The houses consisted of three to five storeys. The shops and markets were well provided.
The emperor’s palace  was in the centre of the  city. Gulliver was able to have a glimpse of the empress and the young princes and princesses standing in the window. on seeing Gulliver, the empress smiled amiably. She offered her hand through the window to Gulliver to kiss.
About two weeks after the emancipation of Gulliver, Reidresal, the Principal Secretary of Private Affairs, came to see Gulliver. He apprised Gulliver of the prevailing state of affairs. The country was facing two dangers. Firstly, there was an opposition party in the country. Secondly, there was the danger of an invasion from the neighbouring country. There were two parties in the country— the ruling party and the opposition party. A conflict had sprung up. While the emperor believed in eggs being broken at the smaller end, the leaders in the opposite party insisted on breaking eggs at the larger end. The two parties were called Big-endians and Small- endians. Moreover there was a conflict between those who preferred high heel shoes and those who wore low heel shoes.
The external danger was from the island of Blefuscu. This island was as powerful as the island of Lilliputians. The opposition party was siding with the emperor of Blefuscu who had assembled a huge fleet of ships to attack Lilliputians. Gulliver patiently heard the whole account and promised his full support to the king of Lilliput.

Very short answer type questions and answers
Q.1. What did Gulliver do after being released from captivity ?
Ans. He sought the permission of the emperor to go round Milendo, the metropolis.

Q.2. Why were the Lilliputians asked to keep away from Gulliver’s route ?
Ans. They were asked to do so lest they should be crushed under the heavy feet of Gulliver.

Q.3. What did the Empress do on seeing Gulliver ?
Ans. She smiled graciously and offered her hand to Gulliver to kiss i.

Q.4. Who came to see Gulliver one day?
Ans. Reidresal., the Principal Secretary of Private Affairs, came to see Gulliver.

Q.5. Which Island posed a danger to Lilliput?
Ans. The island of Blefuscu.

Short answer type questions and answers
Q.1.What proclamation was made In the city ? Why?
Ans. When Gulliver was given the permission to visit the metropolis, a proclamation was made that the people should keep away from Gulliver’s route lest they should be accidently crushed by this man-mountain.

Q.2.Describe Milendo, the metropolis.
Ans Milendo was a big city. It could hold five hundred thousand people.  Most of the houses were three to five storeyed. The shops of the markets were well provided.

Q.3. What were the two dangers being by Lilliput?
Ans. There were two dangers Firstly, there was danger from a very hostile opposition party. Secondly  there was the danger of invasion by a foreign country.

Q.4.What was the reason of the conflict between the two parties?
Ans. The reason of conflict was a difference of opinion. While the emperor believed that egg should be broken at the smaller end the opposition believed that they should be broken at the bigger end.

Q.5.What was the external danger?
Ans. The external danger was from the island of Blefuscu. The rulers of the island wanted to invade Lilliput.