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Twain spends most of this chapter illustrating the strengths and
weaknesses of the aboriginal peoples, whom he believes are all but
extinct. He never met one on his travels in Australia. He stresses the
talents of these people, particularly their ability to discern minute
details of the landscape, making them superlative hunters and trackers.
He describes their ability in drawing as somewhere between De Maurier
and Boticelli. Twain gets particular delight in discussing the
aboriginal's tolerance for physical pain as well as their adroitness.
Twain closes the chapter with some examples of Australian slang: "No
Man's Land"; "Never-never Country"; and "My Word".
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of
in your philosophy.