2019-11-29 02:46:24 UTC
Edition) that I don't quite understand follows. What do you make of them?
1. "...an hundred and fifty of their beds, sewn together, made up the breadth and length; and these were four double,..."
2. "... their excellencies, who were privately told how much I had been their
friend, made me a visit in form."
'visit in form'?
3. "Ingratitude is, among them, a capital crime, as we read it to have been
in some other countries; for they reason thus, that whoever makes ill
returns to his benefactor,..."
4. "I answered I was an Englishman, drawn by ill fortune into the greatest calamity that ever any creature underwent, and begged by all that was moving to be delivered out of the dungeon I was in."
'by all that was moving'?
5. "My answer was, that I thought we were already overstocked with books
of travels; that nothing could now pass which was not extraordinary; wherein
I doubted some authors less consulted truth than their own vanity, or interest,
or the diversion of ignorant readers,..."
'some authors less consulted truth than their own vanity'?
If some authors believe that they are important, they didn't try to verify their writing?
6. "I could force nothing upon him but a footman's tooth, which I observed
him to examine with great curiosity, and found he had a fancy for it."
'a footman's tooth'?
7. "I winked at my own littleness, as people do at their own faults.
The captain understood my raillery very well, and merrily replied that
he did not observe my stomach so good, although I had fasted all day;"
'he did not observe my stomach so good, although I had fasted all day;'
Even though I had fasted all day, he was still able to see my stomach some?
8. "But constancy, chastity, good sense, and good nature, were not rated, because they would not bear the charge of collecting."
'bear the charge of collecting'?
9. "I observed, with much pleasure, that these two persons were in good intelligence with each other;"
'good intelligence with each other'?
10. "Three kings protested to me, that in their whole reigns they never did
once prefer any person of merit, unless by mistake, or treachery of some minister in whom they confided;"
'unless by mistake, or treachery of some minister in whom they confided'?
11. "...and have some of them always at my table; only mingling
a few of the most valuable among you mortals, whom length of time would harden me to lose with little or no reluctance,..."
'whom length of time would harden me to lose'?
12. "he was desired by the rest to set me right in a few mistakes, which I had
fallen into through the common imbecility of human nature, and upon that allowance was less answerable for them."
'and upon that allowance was less answerable for them'?
13. "And therefore I have but two methods to preserve my cow. The first is, to gain over my adversary’s lawyer with a double fee, who will then betray his client by insinuating that he hath justice on his side. The second way is for my lawyer to make my cause appear as unjust as he can, by allowing the cow to belong to my adversary: and this, if it be skillfully done, will certainly bespeak the favor of the bench."
By the second method, does he imply that the bench would decide that my lawyer
is not working for my best interests and, therefore, dismiss the case, so I can keep my cow?
14. "Now your honor is to know, that these judges are persons appointed to decide all controversies of property, as well as for the trial of criminals, and picked out from the most dexterous lawyers, who are grown old or lazy; and having been biased all their lives against truth and equity, lie under such a fatal necessity of favoring fraud, perjury, and oppression, that I have known some of them refuse a large bribe from the side where justice lay, rather than injure the faculty, by doing anything unbecoming their nature or their office."
'refuse a large bribe from the side where justice lay, rather than injure the faculty,'?
15. "after which they consult precedents, adjourn the cause from time to time, and in ten, twenty, or thirty years, come to an issue."
Does 'come to an issue' mean returning a verdict?
Thank you very, very much!