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Glumdalclitch in Gulliver's Travels

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Glumdalclitch is Gulliver's kindly 9-year-old nurse. She carries him about Brobdingnag in a box meant for his protection, sews his clothes, and generally treats him like a pet. A lot of the humor in the Brobdingnag chapters comes from Gulliver's happy return to a kind of babyhood. He is absolutely spoiled with luxury, and doesn't seem to mind being looked after. However, his vulnerability to monkeys and large apples does leave him feeling a bit too vulnerable to be comfortable.

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