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English translations, 1814, vol. iii. p. 236) that they "have as great an
antipathy to the beard as the Eastern nations hold it in reverence. This
antipathy is derived from the same source as the predilection for flat
foreheads, which is seen in so singular a manner in the statues of the
Aztec heroes and divinities. Nations attach the idea of beauty to
everything which particularly characterizes their own physical
conformation, their natural physiognomy." See also Westermarck, _History
of Marriage_, p. 261. Ripley (_Races of Europe_, pp. 49, 202) attaches
much importance to the sexual selection founded on a tendency of this
 "Differences of race are irreducible," Abel Hermant remarks
(_Confession d'un Enfant d'Hier_, p. 209), "and between two beings who
love each other they cannot fail to produce exceptional and instructive
reactions. In the first superficial ebullition of love, indeed, nothing
notable may be manifested, but in a fairly short time the two lovers,
innately hostile, in striving to approach each other strike against an
invisible partition which separates them. Their sensibilities are
divergent; everything in each shocks the other; even their anatomical
conformation, even the language of their gestures; all is foreign."
 C.H. Stratz, _Die Schoenheit des Weiblichen Koerpers_, fourteenth
edition, Chapter XII.
 See, e.g., Sergi, _The Mediterranean Race_, pp. 59-75.
 Sergi (_The Mediterranean Race_, Chapter 1), by an analysis of
Homer's color epithets, argues that in very few cases do they involve
fairness; but his attempt scarcely seems successful, although most of
these epithets are undoubtedly vague and involve a certain range of
 Lechat's study of the numerous realistic colored statues recently
discovered in Greece (summarized in _Zentralblatt fuer Anthropologie_,
1904, ht. 1, p. 22) shows that with few exceptions the hair is fair.
 Renier, _Il Tipo Estetico_, pp. 127 et seq. In another book, _Les
Femmes Blondes selon les Peintres de l'Ecole de Venise_, par deux
Venitiens (one of these "Venetians" being Armand Baschet), is brought
together much information concerning the preference for blondes in
literature, together with a great many of the recipes anciently used for
making the hair fair.
 J. Houdoy, _La Beaute des Femmes dans la Litterature et dans l'Art
du XIIe au XVIe Siecle_, 1876, pp. 32 et seq.
 Houdoy, op. cit., pp. 41 et seq.
 Houdoy, op. cit., p. 83.
 Brantome, _Vie des Dames Galantes_, Discours II.
 _Anatomy of Melancholy_, Part III, Sec. II, Mem. II, Subs. II.
 It is significant that Burton (_Anatomy of Melancholy_, loc. cit.),
while praising golden hair, also argues that "of all eyes black are moist
amiable," quoting many examples to this effect from classic and later
 "Relative Abilities of the Fair and the Dark," _Monthly Review_,
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