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CLOTELLE; OR, THE COLORED HEROINE.
A TALE OF THE SOUTHERN STATES.
By William Wells Brown
CLOTELLE
CHAPTER I. THE SOUTHERN SOCIAL CIRCLE
FOR many years the South has been noted for its beautiful Quadroon
women. Bottles of ink, and reams of paper, have been used to portray the
"finely-cut and well-moulded features," the "silken curls," the "dark
and brilliant eyes," the "splendid forms," the "fascinating smiles," and
"accomplished manners" of these impassioned and voluptuous daughters of
the two races,--the unlawful product of the crime of human bondage. When
we take into consideration the fact that no safeguard was ever thrown
around virtue, and no inducement held out to slave-women to be pure and
chaste, we will not be surprised when told that immorality pervades
the domestic circle in the cities and towns of the South to an extent
unknown in the Northern States. Many a planter's wife has dragged out
a miserable existence, with an aching heart, at seeing her place in the
husband's affections usurped by the unadorned beauty and captivating
smiles of her waiting-maid. Indeed, the greater portion of the colored
women, in the days of slavery, had no greater aspiration than that of
becoming the finely-dressed mistress of some white man. At the negro
balls and parties, that used to be so frequently given, this class of
women generally made the most splendid appearance.
A few years ago, among the many slave-women of Richmond, Va., who hired
their time of their masters, was Agnes, a mulatto owned by John Graves,


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