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and that offspring of parents alike irritable, alike passive, alike
bashful, etc., inherit the prominent qualities of both to such a
degree as to seriously interfere with their prospects in the world.
It has another advantage. Through its means "Every eye forms its own
beauty"; hence, what one person rejects is the _beau ideal_ of
another's conceptions, and thus we are all provided for.
In fine, with man as with animals, the best way to improve the breed
is to cross it, for the intermarriage of like with like and relative
with relative not only causes man to degenerate, but if the system
became universal would in time bring the human race to a termination
A male or female with a very low forehead should carefully avoid
marriage with a person of like conformation, or their offspring will,
in all probability, be weak-minded or victims to partial idiocy.
The system of crossing is so perfect that marriages between persons of
different countries are likely to be pleasant and fruitful. Speaking
on this subject, an English writer says: "The Persians have been so
improved by introducing foreigners that they have completely succeeded
in washing out their Mongolian origin." And the same author adds to
the effect that in those parts of Persia where there is no foreign
intercourse the inhabitants are sickly and stunted, while in those
that are frequented by strangers they are large and healthy.
To make what is called
"A HANDSOME COUPLE,"
the female should be about three inches less than the male, and the
parties should be proportionately developed throughout their system.
"A WELL-FORMED WOMAN,"
says a modern physiologist, "should have her head, shoulders, and
chest small and compact; arms and limbs relatively short; her
haunches apart; her hips elevated; her abdomen large and her thighs
voluminous. Hence, she should taper from the center, up and down.
Whereas, in a well-formed man the shoulders are more prominent than
the hips. Great hollowness of the back, the pressing of the thigh
against each other in walking, and the elevation of one hip above the
other, are indications of the malformation of the pelvis."
From the same writer I take the following, which is applicable here.
It is very correct in its estimates of beauty in both sexes:--
"The length of the neck should be proportionately less in the male
than in the female, because the dependence of the mental system on the
vital one is naturally connected with the shorter courses of the
vessels of the neck.
"The neck should form a gradual transition between the body and
head--its fullness concealing all prominences of the throat.
"The shoulders should slope from the lower part of the neck, because
the reverse shows that the upper part of the chest owes its width to
the bones and muscles of the shoulders.
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