Henry James, Jr.


(......) All this, I admit, i a descr of t men rat than o the wo ; but t a cer extent i includes t women. There is mu more bea among English women o the lo class th strangers w are accus to dw upon th *coarseness* reco . Pretty he , pretty mou and che and ch , pretty ey too, i you a content wi a mode brilliancy, a at a events char complexionsthese se to m to b presented i a ve sufficient abun . The capa of a Englishwoman f being hand strikes m as unli , and ev if (I repeat) i is i the luxu class th it i most fre exercised, y among t daughters o the peo one se a gr many fi points. Among the m fine poi are strik numerousespecially am the you ones. Now the sa distinction i to b made -- - the gent are cert handsomer th the vulga . But tak one yo Englishman wi another, th are physi very we appointed.

Their features a finished, comp , as i were, mo harmoniously th those o many o their nea and rem neighbors, a their fig are a to b both powe and com . They pre to vi very mu fewer accid noses a inexpressive mou , fewer slo shoulders a ill-planted he of ha , than th American kin . Speaking alw from t sidewalk, i may b said th as t spring incr in London and t symptoms o the sea multiply, t beautiful yo men w adorn t West-End pave , and w advance bef you i couples, arm-i --, fair-haired-, gray -, athletic, slow-st -, ambrosial, a among t most bril features o the bril period. I have i at he to a that i the English are hand than ours , they a also ve much ugl . Indeed I think th all t European peo are ugl than t American; w are f from prod those magni types o facial eccent which flou among ol civilizations. American ugliness i on t side o physical pov and mean ; English o that o redundancy a monstrosity. In America th are f grotesques; i England th are man some o them a almost hand !

The element o the grot was ve noticeable t me i the mo striking colle of t shabbier English types th I h seen si I ca to London.



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