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Sun Apr 4, 2021, 05:44 PM

Many humorous things...

In many countries we have chained the savage and starved him to death.
In more than one country we have hunted the savage and his little children and their mother
With dogs and guns through the woods and swamps for an afternoon’s sport.
In many countries we have taken the savage’s land from him and made him our slave,
And lashed him every day and broken his pride, and made Death his only friend,
And overworked him till he dropped in his tracks.

There are many humorous things in the world. Among them, the White man’s notion that he is less savage than the other savages.


Mark Twain

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Sun Apr 4, 2021, 06:06 PM

1. He had a way with words!

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Sun Apr 4, 2021, 06:45 PM

2. Had not read this before.... thanks for posting!

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Response to mezame (Original post)

Sun Apr 4, 2021, 08:56 PM

3. Nice quote

I am currently reading Typee by Melville, a fictionalized account of his time in the Marquesas when he jumped ship. He had more than a little to say about the missionaries in the Pacific. Suffice to say, he would find little to disagree with in Twain's accounting.

It's a dense read, but good listening on my commute.

Best regards,
Sorghum Crow

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