Published on January 14, 2008
Jonathan Swift: 1667-1745: Jonathan Swift: 1667-1745 Born in Dublin, Ireland. At 19, he is employed by Sir William Temple a powerful English statesman. Tutors 8 year old Esther “Stella” Johnson. Develops Ménière’s Syndrome, a disturbance of the inner ear. 1694: Deacon and later Priest in Dublin Jonathan Swift: Jonathan Swift Falls in love with Jane “Varina” Waring. 1696: returns to Temple’s service. Temple dies in1699. Series of clerical jobs in Ireland. 1704: Tale of the Tub: satire on corruptions in religion and learning. Also Battle of the Books, a mock-epic on the debate between Ancients and Moderns. Jonathan Swift: Jonathan Swift 1707: Involved with The Tatler. Adopts pseudonym Issac Bickerstaff. 1720: Involved with Irish causes. 1729: A Modest Proposal 1726: Gulliver’s Travels 1742: establishes site for insane asylum (St. Patrick’s Hospital) Gulliver’s Travels, A VOYAGE TO BROBDINGNAG Part II, Chapter V: The Maids of Honour often invited Glumdalclitch to their Apartments, and desired she would bring me along with her, on Purpose to have the Pleasure of seeing and touching me. They would often strip me naked from Top to Toe, and lay me at full Length in their Bosoms; wherewith I was much disgusted; because, to say the Truth, a very offensive Smell came from their Skins; which I do not mention or intend to the Disadvantage of those excellent Ladies, for whom I have all Manner of Respect; but, I conceive that my Sense was more acute in Proportion to my Littleness, and that those illustrious Persons were no more disagreeable to their Lovers, or to each other, than People of the same Quality are with us in England. And, after all, I found their natural Smell was much more supportable than when they used Perfumes, under which I immediately swooned away. I cannot forget that an intimate Friend of mine in Lilliput took the Freedom in a warm Day, when I had used a good deal of Exercise, to complain of a strong Smell about me, although I am as little faulty that way as most of my Sex: But I suppose his Faculty of Smelling was as nice with regard to me, as mine was to that of this People. Upon this point, I cannot forbear doing Justice to the Queen my Mistress, and Glumdalclitch my Nurse, whose Persons were as sweet as those of any Lady in England. Gulliver’s Travels, A VOYAGE TO BROBDINGNAG Part II, Chapter V Chapter V contd.: That which gave me most Uneasiness among these Maids of Honour, when my Nurse carried me to visit them, was to see them use me without any manner of Ceremony, like a Creature who had no sort of Consequence. For, they would strip themselves to the Skin, and put on their Smocks in my Presence, while I was placed on their Toylet directly before their naked Bodies, which, I am sure, to me was very far from being a tempting Sight, or from giving me any other emotions than those of Horror and Disgust. Their Skins appeared so coarse and uneven, so variously coloured, when I saw them near, with a Mole here and there as broad as a Trencher, and Hairs hanging from it thicker than Pack-threads, to say nothing further concerning the rest of their Persons. Neither did they at all scruple, while I was by to discharge what they had drunk, to the Quantity of at least two Hogsheads, in a Vessel that held above three Tuns. The handsomest among these Maids of Honour, a pleasant frolicksome Girl of Sixteen, would sometimes set me astride upon one of her Nipples, with many other Tricks, wherein the Reader will excuse me for not being over particular. But I was so much displeased, that I entreated Glumdalclitch to contrive some Excuse for not seeing that young Lady any more. Chapter V contd.