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Chassigneux, one of the great synthesizers of colonial thought, "All of the inhabitants of Indochina were, without exception, primitive," However, he added, some groups, "benefitting from a civilizing influence from outside", were able to overcome their formless primitivity.(4) The distinguished scholar Pierre Huard agreed with this assessment; to advance it a step further, he cited the Vietnamese custom of teeth-blackening - a habit he loathingly decried as an "unmistakable sign of primitivity".
She speaks loathingly of captivity at Caesar's court--"Shall they hoist me up / And show me to the shouting varletry / Of censuring Rome.?" (5.2.54-56)--and describes three terrible hypothetical deaths, each of which, she says, she would prefer to captivity.