Reading Character at Sight (Google eBook)

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Independent corporation, 1918 - Characters and characteristics
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Page 37 - From coast to coast and from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico...
Page 22 - Nordic, which enter into the composition of European populations of to-day and in various combinations comprise the great bulk of white men all over the world. These races vary intellectually and morally just as they do physically. Moral, intellectual and spiritual attributes are as persistent as physical characters and are transmitted substantially unchanged from generation to generation.
Page 22 - always and everywhere a race of peasants," the Nordics are "all over the world a race of soldiers, sailors, adventurers, and explorers; and above all of rulers, organizers, and aristocrats." As we read on we behold Gobineau, Lapouge, and Woltmann pass before us in review. The geniuses of the western world are claimed for the chosen race. The ascendancy of a nation is measured in terms of its proportion of Nordic blood; the decline...
Page 22 - ... organizers and aristocrats in sharp contrast to the essentially peasant and democratic character of the Alpines. The Nordic race is domineering, individualistic, self-reliant and jealous of their personal freedom both in political and religious systems and as a result they are usually Protestants. Chivalry and knighthood and their still surviving but greatly impaired counterparts are peculiarly Nordic traits, and feudalism, class distinctions and race pride among Europeans are traceable for the...
Page 23 - In depicting the crucifixion no artist hesitates to make the two thieves brunet in contrast to the blond Saviour. This is something more than a convention, as such quasi-authentic traditions as we have of our Lord strongly suggest his Nordic, possibly Greek, physical and moral attributes.
Page 22 - Such are the three races, the Alpine, Mediterranean, and Nordic, which enter into the composition of European populations of to-day, and in various combinations comprise the great bulk of white men all over the world. These races vary intellectually and morally just as they do physically.
Page 23 - Before leaving this interesting subject of the correlation of spiritual and moral traits with physical characters we may note that these influences are so deeply rooted in everyday consciousness that the modern novelist or playwright does not fail to make his hero a tall, blond, honest and somewhat stupid youth and his villain a small, dark and exceptionally intelligent individual of warped moral character.
Page 23 - ... military Nordic race ruling over "Mediterranean" Helots. The upper-class Greeks were blond, the lower classes dark. The gods of Olympus are almost all described as blond; it would be difficult to imagine a Greek artist painting a brunet Venus. In Church pictures today all angels are shown as blond, while the denizens of the lower regions revel in deep brunetness. Most ancient tapestries show a blond earl on horseback, and a dark-haired churl holding the bridle. In depicting the Crucifixion no...
Page 34 - It would not be so bad were it not for the fact that the casus belli is superiority not of life, but of theology and organization.
Page 20 - It is significant that the group of low-class men, artisans, peasants and the men of religion, whose mission in life is to practice and preach resignation to a higher will are both notably of dark complexion. While the men of action thus tend to be fair, the men of thought, it seems to me, show some tendency to be dark.

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