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A Modest Proposal

A Modest Proposal


by Jonathan Swift

A Modest Proposal Inertia Quotes

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Quote #7

This I freely own, and it was indeed one principal design in offering it to the world. (28)

Swift says he's proposing this solution to "the world," but is he addressing an audience broader than Ireland and England? Who else might take interest in Ireland's problems?

Quote #8

Therefore I repeat, let no man talk to me of these and the like expedients till he hath at least some glimpse of hope that there will ever be some hearty and sincere attempt to put them in practice. (29)

Like we mention in our "Summary," Swift had plenty of ideas to boost Ireland's economy. He was especially keen on encouraging agricultural development.

Quote #9

But as to myself, having been wearied out for many years with offering vain, idle, visionary thoughts, and at length utterly despairing of success, I fortunately fell upon this proposal, which, as it is wholly new, so it hath something solid and real, of no expense and little trouble, full in our own power, and whereby we can incur no danger in disobliging England. (30)

Although Swift is mostly addressing wealthy Irish citizens, he doesn't let England off the hook. England restricted Irish trade, meaning that the Irish missed out on a major source of income.

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