Elizabeth is quite content to remain a pampered palace pet in the court of Brobdingnag, where she and Gulliver are protected and provided with every material need and comfort. Gulliver, however, is frustrated by their lack of autonomy, and as a Man of the Enlightenment he resents humoring the court’s conceits and superstitions. First, the Queen and Glumdalclitch have to rescue Gulliver from the King’s temper when he fails to let the King win at chess.
Then Gulliver makes the mistake of provoking the court wizard Mackovan by over-ruling his medieval treatment of the Queen’s stomach-ache.
The Queen makes matters worse by kicking the King and Mackovan out of the royal bedchamber so she can have a private consultation with her “Doctor.” We never do learn what other complaints the Queen would like her tiny physician to treat, but I have some ideas.
Originally posted: 27 May 2016