After Jonathan's return to Ireland his uncle, Godwin Swift, seems to have taken charge of him, and when he was six to have sent him to a good school.
But in spite of all his miseries real or imaginary, Swift had at least one pleasure.
Despite his political success, Swift was still unable to secure the definite object of his ambition, a bishopric in England, since the levity with which he had treated holy things in 'A Tale of a Tub' had hopelessly prejudiced Queen Anne against him and the ministers could not act altogether in opposition to her wishes.
In Swift's personal life there were now events in which he again showed to very little advantage.
The book immediately preceding this is called "Tom Swift and His Bit, Tunnel," and deals with the efforts of the young inventor to help a firm of contractors penetrate a mountain in Peru.
I'm willing to be your financial manager, Tom Swift, but please don't ask me to be a high-brow.
By chance he discov- ered that Kate Swift was in the habit of lying in her bed in the evenings and reading a book.
Three times during the early fall and winter of that year Curtis Hartman crept out of his house to the room in the bell tower to sit in the darkness looking at the figure of Kate Swift lying in her bed and later went to walk and pray in the streets.
And there, tied to the Doctor's ship, were a thousand strings; and two thousand swallows were pulling on each string--all terribly swift
Also there were men boxing and wrestling, and huntsmen chasing swift
hares with a leash of sharp-toothed dogs before them, they eager to catch the hares, and the hares eager to escape.
First there came the "butcher," to bleed them; this meant one swift
stroke, so swift
that you could not see it--only the flash of the knife; and before you could realize it, the man had darted on to the next line, and a stream of bright red was pouring out upon the floor.
Struck in mid-air, a trifle of a flying machine, all its delicate gears tangled and disrupted, Cocky fell to the floor in a shower of white feathers, which, like snowflakes, eddied slowly down after, and after the plummet-like descent of the cat, so that some of them came to rest on her back, startling her tense nerves with their gentle impact and making her crouch closer while she shot a swift
glance around and overhead for any danger that might threaten.