The Columbian and Venezuelan Republics William Lindsay Scruggs

ISBN: 9781150491900

Published: February 4th 2012

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240 pages


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The Columbian and Venezuelan Republics  by  William Lindsay Scruggs

The Columbian and Venezuelan Republics by William Lindsay Scruggs
February 4th 2012 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 240 pages | ISBN: 9781150491900 | 9.65 Mb

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII MANNERS AND CUSTOMS THEMoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905. Excerpt: ...

CHAPTER VIII MANNERS AND CUSTOMS THE manners and customs of a proud and sensitive people constitute a very delicate subject to touch upon, especially when one has enjoyed their hospitality and spent many happy days among them- and for this reason, the present chapter, as also some portions of others, might have been omitted had the writer been less conscious of a genuine sympathy and friendship for the Colombian people, or if he had had less confidence in their good sense. For he flatters himself that they know him too well, and have had too many evidences of his friendship to believe him capable of depreciating them, or of intentionally wounding their delicate sensibilities.

Oftener than otherwise, when peoples of diverse origin and language are not close friends, it is only because they do not really know each other- in which case all secret aversions, should there be any, readily disappear when they become better acquainted. The mere difference in language is a barrier to close and confidential friendships, especially between rural peoples of limited education, since their habits of thought and life are apt to be mutually misunderstood.

And this, I regret to say, has been too often the case between our Trans-Caribbean neighbors and ourselves. The average Anglo-American, knowing little or nothing of the idiom of his Latin neighbor, and judging only by appearances, is apt to consider him shallow, fickle, vain, and ostentatious- given to extravagance in speech, habitually insincere, and generally untruthful and unreliable.

On the other hand, and for the same reasons, the Latin-American is apt to look upon his northern neighbor as a cold, selfish, calculating, aggressive, brusque, disrespectful, and domineering specimen of humanity, whose only God is Mammo...



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