Robert Louis Stevenson- - Memories And Portraits; Random Memories; Records Of A Family Of Engineers (classic Reprint)
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Excerpt from Memories and Portraits, Random Memories, Records of a Family of EngineersDutch, I have read that there is an immediate and lively contact between the dominant and the dominated race, that a certain sympathy is begotten, or-at the least a transfusion of prej udices, making life easier for both. But the Englishman sits apart, bursting with pride and ignorance. He figures among his vessels in the hour of peace with the same disdainful air that led him on to victory. A passing enthusi asm for some foreign art or fashion may de ceive the world, it cannot immse upon his inti mates. He may be amused by a foreigner as by a monkey, but he will never condescend to study him with any patience. Miss Bird, an authoress with whom I profess myself in love, declares all the viands Of Japan to be uneatable - a staggering pretension. So, when the Prince of Waless marriage was celebrated at Mentone by a dinner to the Mentonese, it was proposed to give them solid English fare - roast beef and plum pudding, and no tomfoolery. Here we have either pole of the Britannic folly. We will not eat the food of any foreigner, nor, when we have the Chance, will we suffer him to eat of it himself. The same spirit inspired Miss Birds American missionaries, who had come thousands of miles to change the faith of Japan, and openly professed their ignorance Of the religions they were trying to supplant.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully, any imperfectio