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Houyhnhnms

race of horses that represent nobility, virtue, and reason. [Br. Lit.: Gulliver ’s Travels]
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Still deeply in love with the Houyhnhnm culture and language, the spurned once-again-Englishman resolves to isolate himself from all of mankind, but he is "rescued" by a group of European sailors and carried back to England against his wishes.
It has something of that "great Diversion of all the Spectators" which Gulliver identified as a nasty feature of the European conduct of war in his description to the Master Houyhnhnm (Vol 2, v).
If the Censure of the Yahoos could any Way affect me, I should have great Reason to complain, that some of them are so bold as to think my Book of Travels ameer Fiction out of mine own Brain, and have gone so far as to drop Hints, that the Houyhnhnms and Yahoos have no more Existence than the Inhabitants of Utopia.
The inches of ground I propose to ride in this article concern aspects of the relationship between asses and addled thinking in the cold ratiocinative pastoral that is Book IV of Gulliver's Travels This intervention in the continuing debate between 'hard' and 'soft' interpretations of Gulliver's Fourth Voyage (whether four legs are indeed good, or Houyhnhnm society is characterized by austerity and lack) will attempt to explore the dangers of hippophilia, the inadequacies of Gulliverian horse sense, and the advantages of hybridity.
Worse befalls him in the country of the Houyhnhnms, the rational horses, where he's distressed to see in the repulsive, ape-like Yahoos "a perfect human Figure" (186).
Si Gulliver aspiraba al aseo y la continencia de los Houyhnhnms, asqueado ante su condicion excremental qua hombre y europeo, la narradora de Cruelle Zelande se transforma gozosamente en un caballo que por el contrario se derrama en deyecciones sin freno alguno.
This is easily demonstrated by the Houyhnhnm reaction to the history of European Wars and the eternal Variance of rich, proud nations and poor, hungry nations (212-14).
It is a republic of reason on the Houyhnhnm model, the secular millennium which is Gulliver's destination in his solipsism.
Gulliver believes he has found a perfect place, because the evils of Houyhnhnm Land are concealed beneath a surface of uniform rationality and benevolence.
He stayed in the stable house of a Houyhnhnm family and learned to subsist on oaten cake and milk.
Gulliver is the forbidden fruit, and the Master houyhnhnm spends hours and weeks teaching Gulliver his language in order to learn more about this yahoo that possesses a semblance of reason.
Accordingly, in Houyhnhnm theodicy the unredeemable Yahoos become candidates for justifiable extinction.