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[t]ake my Polynesians, an Asiatic People probably from the neighbourhood of the Persian Gulf. They range through any amount of shades, from the burnt hue of the Low Archipelago islander which seems half negro, to the ‘bleached’ pretty women of the Marquesas (close by on the map) who come out for a festival no darker than an Italian; their colour seems to vary directly with the degree of exposure to the sun. (362)
KeywordsAsiatic People Savage Heritage Primitive Life Intellectual Agenda Singular Thing
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