Henry James, Jr.


(......) this, I admit, is a description of the men than of the women; but to a certain extent includes the women. There is much more beauty among women of the lower class than strangers who are to dwell upon their *coarseness* recognize. Pretty heads, pretty and cheeks and chins, pretty eyes too, if you content with a moderate brilliancy, and at all events complexionsthese seem to me to be presented in a sufficient abundance. The capacity of an Englishwoman for being strikes me as unlimited, and even if (I repeat) is in the luxurious class that it is most exercised, yet among the daughters of the people one a great many fine points. Among the men fine are strikingly numerous ---- especially among the younger ones. the same distinction is to be madethe gentlemen are handsomer than the vulgarians. But taking one young Englishman another, they are physically very well appointed. Their features finished, composed, as it were, more harmoniously than those many of their nearer and remoter neighbors, and their are apt to be both powerful and compact. They to view very much fewer accidental noses and inexpressive , fewer sloping shoulders and ill-planted heads of hair, than American kinsmen. Speaking always from the sidewalk, it may said that as the spring increases in London and symptoms of the season multiply, the beautiful young men adorn the West-End pavements, and who advance before you couples, arm-in-arm--, fair-haired-, gray-eyed-, athletic, slow-strolling-, ambrosial, are among most brilliant features of the brilliant period. I have at heart to add that if the English are than ourselves, they are also very much uglier. Indeed think that all the European peoples are uglier than American; we are far from producing those magnificent types facial eccentricity which flourish among older civilizations. American ugliness on the side of physical poverty and meanness; English that of redundancy and monstrosity. In America there are grotesques; in England there are manyand some of them almost handsome!

The element of the grotesque was noticeable to me in the most striking collection of shabbier English types that I had seen since I to London.



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