As I stepped out of the boat and walked up the beach，I noticed that although the sun had been very hot，the air suddenly seemed cooler．At first I thought a cloud was passing over the sun But when I looked up，I saw，to my great astonishment，a large island in the sky，between me and the sun．
It was moving towards me，and there were people running around on it．I waved my arms and shouted as loudly as possible．Help！Help！I cried．Rescue me！
When the island was about a hundred metres over my head，they let down a seat on a chain．I sat on it，and was pulled up to the island．I had discovered the flying island of Laputa．Laputans are certainly strange－looking people．Their heads always turn either to right or left：one of their eyes turns inwards，the other upwards．Their main interests are music and mathematics．They spend so much time thinking abut mathematical problems that they do not notice what is happening around them．
In fact，rich Laputans employ a servant whose job is to follow his master everywhere.
The servant warns him if he is going to step into a hole，and reminds him to reply if someone speaks to him．