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NATIONALITIES


Cover illustration of Mark Twain
by William Nicholson.

There are some natures which never grow large enough to speak out and say a bad act is a bad act, until they have inquired into the politics of the nationality of the man who did it. And they are not really scarce, either. Cain is branded a murderer so heartily and unanimously in America, only because he was neither a Democrat nor a Republican. The Feejee Islander's abuse of Cain ceased very suddenly when the white man mentioned casually that Cain was a Feejee Islander. The next remark of the savage, after an awkward pause, was: "Well, what did Abel come fooling around there for?"
- "Memoranda," The Galaxy, May 1870

The English, the arrogant nation. The Americans the material nation, the Germans the patient nation, the Russians the unclassifiable nation, the French the volatile nation, the Scotch the thrifty nation, the Italians the hot-blooded kind-hearted nation, the Irish the nation of chaste women.
- Mark Twain's Notebook

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