Виталий Е. Ермолин, студент холодных вод (seminarist) wrote,
Виталий Е. Ермолин, студент холодных вод
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The Bulldog Strain

"...And in his winning and handsome face there was just a faint suggestion of some possible very remote Jewish ancestor - just a tingle of that strong, sturdy, irrepressible, indomitable, indelible blood which is of such priceless value in diluted homoeopathic dose, like the dry white Spanish wine called montijo, which is not meant to be taken pure; but without a judicious admixture of which no sherry can go round the world and keep its flavor intact; or like the famous bulldog strain, which is not beautiful in itself; and yet just for lacking a little of the same no greyhound can ever hope to be a champion. Fortunately for the world, and especially for ourselves, most of us have in our veins at least a minim of that precious fluid, whether we know it or show it or not..."

Du Maurier, 'Trilby'
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