How could YOU lie so glaringly as to affirm
I hated the "poor child"?
Bygrave; and who has furnished me, at my own request, with a written statement of facts, which she is ready to affirm
on oath if any person ventures to contradict her.
But know that in the Soule Are many lesser Faculties that serve Reason as chief; among these Fansie next Her office holds; of all external things, Which the five watchful Senses represent, She forms Imaginations, Aerie shapes, Which Reason joyning or disjoyning, frames All what we affirm
or what deny, and call Our knowledge or opinion; then retires Into her private Cell when Nature rests.
The Hermit replies, by once more insisting on the duties incumbent upon him as a churchman, and continues to affirm
himself free from all such breaches of order:
For as to what we have heard you affirm
, that there are other kingdoms and states in the world inhabited by human creatures as large as yourself, our philosophers are in much doubt, and would rather conjecture that you dropped from the moon, or one of the stars; because it is certain, that a hundred mortals of your bulk would in a short time destroy all the fruits and cattle of his majesty's dominions: besides, our histories of six thousand moons make no mention of any other regions than the two great empires of Lilliput and Blefuscu.