Captain Lemuel Gulliver

Capt. Gulliver’s Voyage to Borborygmus

Captain Lemuel GulliverHere follow chapter headings from Capt. Gulliver’s Voyage to Borborygmus, a recently discovered unpublished manuscript by Jonathan Swift.

Chapter 1
A severe storm. Driven before the wind, Gulliver finds himself cast upon a strange shore. Discovers it to be the Island of Borborygmus.

Chapter 2
Cast away on Borborygmus, Gulliver experiences constant earth tremors, eruptions. The difficulties in constructing a stable shelter.

Chapter 3
Gulliver meets Borborygmus natives. They appear much like middle-aged Englishmen: bow-legged, pot-bellied, eructating.

Chapter 4
Gulliver transported to Borborygmus capital in a foul-smoke-emitting conveyance. Pride of natives in this Stench Uttering Vehicle.

Chapter 5
Gulliver observes Borborygmus Parliament. Traditional behaviour remarked upon. Pronouncements delivered with much grumbling & belching.

Chapter 6
Gulliver addresses Borborygmus Parliament. His flatulence and expectorating is much appreciated.

Chapter 7
Gulliver’s dramatic concluding fart before Borborygmus Parliament coincides with earthquake that brings the house down.

Chapter 8
Honoured as High Borborygmus for his impressive performance, Gulliver resolves to introduce gas and wind to the English Parliament.

Chapter 9
A sudden volcanic eruption propels Gulliver high into the sky. Carried south by winds he falls into the sea, is rescued by a whaler.


The word of the day on Artwiculate 1st September 2011 was Borborygmus, which seemed to me a very Swiftian word.