Gulliver's Travels - Part Three, Chapters 3-4 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 3

Gulliver goes on in this chapter to explain in detail the way the Island of Laputia works. Gulliver explains that there is a giant crater in the center of the island that collects the rain water and prevents it from falling off the island immediately. The next geological wonder is a giant crater housing a huge magnetic loadstone. This loadstone is what is keeping the island up in the air. He can only go where the islands below him are and only float up 4 miles high. Gulliver talks with the king and realizes that the senators all have estates on the continent below but deem the area hostile and don’t actually live down there. They spend a lot of time researching the heavens and stars. The king also talks about how he keeps everyone in check, as he can...

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