A Modest Proposal
Foreignness and "The Other" Quotes Page 3
How we cite our quotes:
I do therefore humbly offer it to public consideration that of the hundred and twenty thousand already computed, twenty thousand may be reserved for breed, […] which is more than we allow to sheep, black cattle, and swine, and my reason is that these children are seldom the fruits of marriage, a circumstance not much regarded by our savages (11)
Is the expression "our savages" meant as an endearment? Let's hope not.
Those who are more thrifty […] may flay the carcass, the skin of which, artificially dressed, will make admirable gloves for ladies and summer boots for fine gentlemen. (15)
The narrator likens Irish children to exotic animals wanted for their skins.
For first, as I have already observed, it would greatly lessen the papists, with whom we are yearly overrun, being the principal breeders of the nation (20)
Here come some more animal comparisons. This time, the narrator suggests that the Irish Catholics are swarming the countryside like vermin.