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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Coffee! Darwin’s granddaughter tosses the fat white woman to the snarks ... but then ...

A friend references this poem, written by one of Charles Darwin’s granddaughters, comfortably seated in a train, which gives you some idea of the family’s values in general:
O fat white woman whom nobody loves,

Why do you walk through the fields in gloves, ...
to which G. K. Chesterton riposted.
How do you know but what someone who loves

Always to see me in nice white gloves

At the end of the field you are rushing by,

Is waiting for his Old Dutch?

- “The Fat White Woman Speaks”
You need to see the whole of both short poems to get the full flavour, and I don’t know that either is in the public domain.

Note: Old Dutch = “duchess” - a term of endearment. A duchess is a high ranking noblewoman.

Also: Here’s some stuff on Darwin and racism.

Find out why there is an intelligent design controversy:

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