Part Six: My career as a Performer
I was happy with the farmer and his family, and the days passed quickly.
There were always a lot of visitors to the house. They came to see me. They
were all interested in the little man that the farmer had found in the field.
One of the farmer's friends noticed that everybody in the village wanted to
'You could make a lot of money,' he told the farmer. 'Everybody in the
village has seen the little man. Why don't you take him into town on market
day? Make the people pay you to see him.'
The farmer thought this was a good idea. Glumdalclitch did not like the
idea, because she was afraid the people would hurt me. She also knew that I
was very modest, and that I would not want to perform for the public.
The next morning, however, the farmer took Glumdalclitch and me to
town. They put me into a box on one of the horses, and the journey was very
uncomfortable for me.
The horse moved very violently, and it was like being in a ship during a
When we arrived at the town, we stayed in a hotel. The farmer told the
people in the town about me, and lots of them came to see me. We organised
a show for them.
'Stand up!' Glumdalclitch told me.
I stood up, and bowed politely to the people in the room. They laughed,
and clapped their hands.
'Take out your sword!' she said next.
I took out my sword, and looked fiercely at the people in the room. Once
again, everybody laughed and clapped their hands.
The farmer made a lot of money, and he decided to travel to other towns.
We went from town to town. Everyone came to see us, and I was very
We lived like this for a long time. It was a terrible life for me. I did not
like to be a spectacle for the people. I was unhappy, and I became ill.
Every day I lost strength, and I thought I was going to die. Glumdalclitch
was worried about me, but her father just wanted to make as much money as
possible from me. He did not care about me at all.
One day we came to the capital city of Brobdingnag. We performed our
show for the people as usual. A lot of people came to see me, and the farmer
was happy. We decided to stay in the city for a while.
Soon the whole city was talking about me. One day a man from the palace
came to talk to the farmer.
'The Queen wants to see this little man,' he said. 'Bring him to the palace
The farmer, Glumdalclitch and I were very excited. We decided to
perform a very special show for the Queen. We wanted to please her.