不是天下的母亲都是好母亲It may perchance surprise some readers to learn that black men ever entertain such a preposterous notion. Nevertheless, it is literally true. The slavers—Arabs and Portuguese—find it in their interest to instil this falsehood into the minds of the ignorant tribes of the interior, from whom the slaves are gathered, in order that their captives may entertain a salutary horror of Englishmen, so that if their dhows should be chased by our cruisers while creeping northward along the coast and run the risk of being taken, the slaves may willingly aid their captors in trying to escape. That the lesson has been well learnt and thoroughly believed is proved by the fact that when a dhow is obliged to run ashore to avoid capture, the slaves invariably take to the woods on the wings of terror, preferring, no doubt to be re-enslaved rather than to be roasted and eaten by white fiends. Indeed, so thoroughly has this been engrained into the native mind, that mothers frequently endeavour to overawe their refractory offspring by threatening to hand them over to the dreadful white monster who will eat them up if they don’t behave!Chapter 68The Rescue.他穿着水兵服赶时髦,他倒是挺合身,但是我完全不晓得,还有什么东西能比水兵服更难收拾。领子、领带、围巾、腰带、裤子,在箱子外面扔得到处都是,怎么把它们弄整齐,根本就是超出了人类的智力。我弟弟一个扣子都不管,我一点不夸张,他什么东西都不管,哪只脚穿哪只鞋,对他来说根本没有区别。我得帮他处理所有的事,包括刷牙和抠耳朵,这些事让我精疲力竭,只有在我们去看童话剧时,我才能暂时不用为他操心。但就算在这时,艾伦仍然非常烦人,《彩虹尽头》里的绿龙和怪兽一出场,他就开叫大喊大叫……不是天下的母亲都是好母亲
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