A Modest Proposal
Foreignness and "The Other" Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
The number of souls in this kingdom being usually reckoned one million and half, of these I calculate there may be about two hundred thousand couple whose wives are breeders (6)
Referring to someone as a "breeder" might not get you past a first date. Used in this context, the word is meant to be dehumanizing.
They can very seldom pick up a livelihood by stealing […], although I confess they learn the rudiments much earlier, during which time they can however be properly looked upon only as probationers […] as I have been informed by a principal gentleman in the country of Cavan (7)
The narrator draws a distinct boundary between "a gentleman" and the rapscallions who learn to steal from birth.
I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food (10)
The "knowing American" has been read as a Native American with knowledge of exotic foods. Why does Swift include this reference?