Gulliver grew up in London and trained to be a physician and the apprentice of a man known as Mr. James Bates. He soon married, and just two years after, Mr. Bates died and having few friends, his buisness soon failed. After consulting his wife, Gulliver got a job aboard a ship as a surgeon. And after going to the East and West Indies, he added to the fortune that Mr. Bates had left for him. Gulliver soon grew tired of these sea voyages, and longed to stay at home with his wife. But it was not to be, as his crew slowly died of disease and malnutrition. Those who survived got in a row boat to row to a nearby island, including Gulliver. A storm broke out and the boat crashed on a rock, and only Gulliver was able to swim the half mile to the island. After looking for life on the seemingly uninhabited beach, he “slept sounder than ever I remembered to have done in my life.”
When he woke and tried to get up, he found his arms tied down and could not get up.
He pulled sharply at his left arm and was able to get it free, but his efforts didn't help, for soon after 100 arrows were shot at his arm by miniature people. The little people tried to communicate with him, and succeeded in calming him down by offering food. They were amazed at how much he could eat. After three barrels of wine, they had no more to give. This would create a problem because a famine would soon ensue. They couldn't kill him, for it would leave an unbearable smell.
The next night, the little people drugged Gulliver with hogsmead. They drove over a vehicle outstandingly engineered by 500 men: “It was a frame of wood raised three inches from the ground, about seven feet long, and four wide, moving upon twenty-two wheels.”900 of their strongest men loaded him onto the giant cart so he could be shipped to the capital. Gulliver awoke and realized he was no longer in the small town he was accustomed to. There were much larger buildings and people wore nicer clothes.