1 I heard a confused noise about me; but in the posture I lay, could see nothing except the sky.
2 I ate them by two or three at a mouthful, and took three loaves at a time, about the bigness of musket bullets.
3 When I found myself on my feet, I looked about me, and must confess I never beheld a more entertaining prospect.
4 The next morning at sun-rise we continued our march, and arrived within two hundred yards of the city gates about noon.
5 The great gate fronting to the north was about four feet high, and almost two feet wide, through which I could easily creep.
6 It was a frame of wood raised three inches from the ground, about seven feet long, and four wide, moving upon twenty-two wheels.
7 We therefore trusted ourselves to the mercy of the waves, and in about half an hour the boat was overset by a sudden flurry from the north.
8 We rowed, by my computation, about three leagues, till we were able to work no longer, being already spent with labour while we were in the ship.
9 He was then past his prime, being twenty-eight years and three quarters old, of which he had reigned about seven in great felicity, and generally victorious.
10 One of them was covered, and seemed all of a piece: but at the upper end of the other there appeared a white round substance, about twice the bigness of our heads.
11 I was extremely tired, and with that, and the heat of the weather, and about half a pint of brandy that I drank as I left the ship, I found myself much inclined to sleep.
12 Towards night I got with some difficulty into my house, where I lay on the ground, and continued to do so about a fortnight; during which time, the emperor gave orders to have a bed prepared for me.
13 These gentlemen, having pen, ink, and paper, about them, made an exact inventory of every thing they saw; and when they had done, desired I would set them down, that they might deliver it to the emperor.
14 I lay down on the grass, which was very short and soft, where I slept sounder than ever I remembered to have done in my life, and, as I reckoned, about nine hours; for when I awaked, it was just day-light.
15 All these orders were duly put in execution; and in about three weeks I made a great progress in learning their language; during which time the emperor frequently honoured me with his visits, and was pleased to assist my masters in teaching me.
16 The chains that held my left leg were about two yards long, and gave me not only the liberty of walking backwards and forwards in a semicircle, but, being fixed within four inches of the gate, allowed me to creep in, and lie at my full length in the temple.
17 In his right waistcoat-pocket we found a prodigious bundle of white thin substances, folded one over another, about the bigness of three men, tied with a strong cable, and marked with black figures; which we humbly conceive to be writings, every letter almost half as large as the palm of our hands.
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