By Jonathan Swift, Scott McKowen
Shipwrecked and solid adrift, English health practitioner Lemuel Gulliver wakes to discover himself on Lilliput, an island inhabited by way of little humans, whose peak makes their quarrels over style and reputation appear ridiculous. His next encounters—with the crude giants of Brobdingnag, the philosophical Houyhnhnms, and the brutish Yahoos—give him new, sour insights into human behavior.
Jonathan Swift's satire perspectives mankind in a distorted corridor of mirrors as a decreased, magnified, and at last bestial species, featuring us with an uncompromising mirrored image of ourselves. Gulliver's Travels is an interesting mix of travelogue, realizm, symbolism, and extraordinary voyage—all with a major philosophical reason.
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Likewise, a little over two decades after the Overend crash, The Times referred back to the events of 1866 in conjunction with the panic of 1890. ’’16 Pertinent to these statements is the fact that during the banking panic of 1857, Bagehot was a bank manager with his father’s firm. 17 Walter had met Miss Wilson when he came to discuss with her father the possibility of writing for Wilson’s periodical. Alarmed about her health, Eliza traveled to Edinburgh in search of medical treatment immediately after the engagement.
Hammond Chubb, reveals fluctuations in attitudes about the need for safeguards against fraudulent accounting. In his report, Chubb notes that Thomason Hankey’s Principles of Banking (1867) assumed that the higher departments of the organization checked the accounts of the lower, the chief accountant, for example, overseeing the accounts of the chief cashier. Complaining that this understanding had ‘‘been put aside’’ gradually, Chubb states that until 1849 ‘‘a vast system of supervision and administrative control’’ was in place because the accountants used two sets of books.
Certainly, by the Victorian period, the Gothic commonly considered every woman (mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters) as a potential madwoman in the attic. Bagehot’s own mother’s insanity and his future wife’s intimations of mental and physical instability are at least partially informed by this Victorian construction of the feminine. And, in fact, Eliza’s scrupulous health concerns often evoke manic reactions in her future partner, who continually describes the emotional upsets he experiences as a result.