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Lilliput

Index: Arte de injuriar, Historia de la eternidad, OC,Obras completas. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 1974. 422. Funes el memorioso, Artificios, Ficciones, OC,Obras completas. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 1974. 490.
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land discovered by Lemuel Gulliver

Fishburn and Hughes: An imaginary island in Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726) whose inhabitants are only six inches tall. The diminutive scale of everything on the island sets off the pompous behaviour of its emperor and the intrigues of his courtiers. In Part One, ch. 2 Gulliver is asked to deliver up his belongings, which are then described in minute detail from the vantage point of the Lilliputians. Thus Gulliver's watch, 'a wonderful kind of engine', appeared to them as 'a globe, half silver, and half of some transparent metal ... which made an incessant noise, like that of a watermill'. The Lilliputians thought it must be an animal, or more probably a god. Gulliver records that the emperor 'was amazed at the continual noise it made, and the motion of the minute hand, which he could easily discern for their sight is much more acute than ours'. Funes, His Memory