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Utopia & Utopian Literature

Sir Thomas More

Summary and Analysis Book II: The Discourse on Utopia: Travel

Summary

Any of the natives who wish to travel outside of their own precincts but within the kingdom are required to secure a passport, though there is no difficulty in obtaining one — provided the individual is not needed in his trade at the time. Transportation is by ox-drawn cart with a slave for driver. The traveler does not need to take any provisions, for he will be fed and housed anywhere as if he were at home. If, however, he stays in one place more than one night, he is expected to work at his trade.

Analysis

Travel, as can be seen, does not appear to figure largely in the scheme of living in Utopia. Two purposes for travel are suggested: to visit friends or to see distant parts of the kingdom.