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  • In 1674, I was born on my father's small estate in Nottinghamshire, England.

  • "What a fine, strong boy!" said my father. "I think he will be a clever and good man

  • like his grandfather." "I agree," said my mother. "Let's name him

  • 'Lemuel' after your father." My childhood was very happy. I liked going

  • to school and learning new things. But I often used to daydream about going to sea.

  • One day, Father asked, "Lemuel, have you thought about your future? I think you would be a

  • good doctor." I wanted to please him, so I said, "Yes, Father.

  • I'll go to Cambridge University and study medicine." But as I spoke I was thinking,

  • "At university I can also learn things that will be useful to a sailor."

  • After several years of study, I became a doctor. Not long after, I asked my sweetheart, Mary,

  • to marry me. "Lemuel," she replied, "I would be very happy

  • to marry you." Before long, we had children─a boy and a

  • girl. They gave us great joy. I enjoyed being a

  • doctor for the first few years. But then I became bored, and ideas of travel filled my

  • mind. I imagined wandering to far-off places and seeing wonderful new things.

  • "Mary," I said one day, "I need more adventure in my life. The captain of a ship about to

  • sail has offered me a job as the ship's doctor." "Oh dear!" Mary replied. "The children and

  • I will miss you very much, and I'll worry about you. When will you come back?"

  • "I don't know how long the journey will take," I told her. "But I promise I will return.

  • And when I do, I'll tell you and the children all about my adventures."

  • So in 1699, I set sail on the Antelope from Bristol.

  • That city is a large and very old port in the southwest of England.

  • From the dock, Mary called out, "Good-bye, and please be careful! Come back to us soon!"

  • The children waved to me, and I waved back. The captain was a good man and had sailed

  • a great deal. "Welcome aboard, Doctor Gulliver," he said.

  • "First we'll be sailing down the Atlantic Ocean and around the coast of Africa. Then

  • we'll sail through the Indian Ocean to the South Seas."

  • Our journey went well until one morning, somewhere near Tasmania in the South Pacific Ocean.

  • "I don't like the look of those clouds," the captain said. "I think a storm is coming."

  • Within an hour, a violent storm began. The sea rose in great, angry waves much taller

  • than the Antelope. The windnow as strong as a hurricanemade a terrible sound.

  • "The wind is blowing the ship off course!" shouted the captain. "Look out!"

  • Suddenly, with a loud crack, the Antelope hit some rocks and broke in half. The sailors

  • fell into the sea. Many of them could not swim. The ship sank quickly, and I suppose

  • everyone but me drowned. I am an excellent swimmer and swam with all

  • my strength. My life depended on it. But after a while I was too tired to swim anymore. Just

  • as I was thinking, "I'm going to die too," my feet touched the ocean floor.

  • Slowly I struggled out of the sea. There were no signs of people on the beach and no houses.

  • I could barely walk, so I lay down on the sand. Within minutes, I fell into a deep sleep.

In 1674, I was born on my father's small estate in Nottinghamshire, England.

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Gulliver's Travels 1: Learn English with Animated Stories by Little Fox

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