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Two Years in the French West Indies By Lafcadio Hearn Characters: 1010

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But what slaves were the fathers of this free generation? Your anthropologists, your ethnologists, seem at fault here: the African traits have become transformed; the African characteristics have been so modified within little more than two hundred years-by inter-blending of blood, by habit, by soil and sun and all those natural powers which shape the mould of races,-that you may look in vain for verification of ethnological assertions.... No: the heel does not protrude;-the foot is not flat, but fin

ely arched;-the extremities are not large;-all the limbs taper, all the muscles are developed; and prognathism has become so rare that months of research may not yield a single striking case of it.... No: this is a special race, peculiar to the island as are the shapes of its peaks,-a mountain race; and mountain races are comely.... Compare it with the population of black Barbadoes, where the apish grossness of African coast types has been perpetuated unchanged;-and the contrast may well astonish!...

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