Sunday, September 6, 2020

the last book I ever read (Amiable with Big Teeth by Claude McKay, excerpt seven)

from Amiable with Big Teeth by Claude McKay:

“It was the first nation to embrace Christianity—long before Rome—and every Ethiopian is proud of the fact. You know the legend. It was the eunuch of the Queen Candace who fanatically fell in love with Jesus, and as he was a person of great authority, he secceeded in converting the Ethiopians to Christianity. Before then, they were pagans, each man possessing many wives, like the other Africans and the Arabs.”

“It is a lovely story and your voice was so beautiful in telling it, Tekla, but—h’m—you’re not sorry that the Ethiopians were converted from the Barbarism of many wives to the civilized practice of one wife, are you?”

“Not at all. I’m a good Christian.”

“That’s nice. It seems silly to me that a man should want a lot of wives. How can he love all of them unless he’s an abnormal sexomaniac. It would be more natural for a woman to have many husbands.”

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