“Let’s go and play hide and seek in the hair of the Man-Mountain!”
My friend was already running in the direction of the palace square. I was pretty sure that we would be safe. My mother and father had said that he was an exceedingly gentle giant who had gained the Emperor’s trust.
Many people were off to see him today because the Man-Mountain was lying down. The children would play hide-and-seek in his hair. He might even open his hand to let people dance on his palm! It had happened several times before. Mother told me not to do it, because, as she said, “What if he had to scratch his nose?”
Lilliputian child in Gulliver’s Travels, Blue Fairy Book. Illustration by Arthur Rackham.