Passing, Nella Larsen
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Passing

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“Rot! Everything can’t be explained by some general biological phrase.”
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Purple ink. Foreign paper of extraordinary size.
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What was the use of our trying to keep them from learning the word ‘nigger’ and its connotation? They found out, didn’t they? And how? Because somebody called Junior a dirty nigger.”
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Because they hate ’em, son.”
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Because they are afraid of them.”
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You know, the sort of thing you feel in the presence of something strange, and even, perhaps, a bit repugnant to you; something so different that it’s really at the opposite end of the pole from all your accustomed notions of beauty.”
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some coloured men were superior to some white men.
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But Clare—she had remained almost what she had always been, an attractive, somewhat lonely child—selfish, wilful, and disturbing.
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You mean because so many other white people go?”
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to gaze on these great and near great while they gaze on the Negroes.”
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“Various motives,” Irene explained. “A few purely and frankly to enjoy themselves. Others to get material to turn into shekels. More,
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This, Irene told her, was the year 1927 in the city of New York, and hundreds of white people of Hugh Wentworth’s type came to affairs in Harlem, more all the time
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I’m beginning to believe,” she murmured, “that no one is ever completely happy, or free, or safe.”
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’ve been so lonely since! You can’t know. Not close to a single soul. Never anyone to really talk to.”
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even in their racial consciousness.
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Strangers in their desires and ambitions
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If she had been able to present her plan, and he had accepted it, as she was sure that he would have done, with other more favourable opening methods, he would have had that to look forward to as a break in the easy monotony that seemed, for some reason she was wholly unable to grasp, so hateful to him.
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Why, simply because of Clare Kendry, who had exposed her to such torment, had she failed to take up the defence of the race to which she belonged?
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It may be, ’Rene dear, it may just be, that, after all, your way may be the wiser and infinitely happier one. I’m not sure just now. At least not so sure as I have been.
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And all because of Clare’s innate lack of consideration for the feelings of others.
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