Ralph sometimes called his mother and grandfather the Aborigines, and likened them to those vanishing denizens of the American continent doomed to rapid extinction with the advance of the invading race. He was fond of describing Washington Square as the "Reservation," and of prophesying that before long its inhabitants would be exhibited at ethnological shows, pathetically engaged in the exercise of their primitive industries.
- Edith Wharton, The Custom of the Country, 1913
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Publication information: Book title: Elsie Clews Parsons:Inventing Modern Life. Contributors: Desley Deacon - Author. Publisher: The University of Chicago Press. Place of publication: Chicago. Publication year: 1997. Page number: 8.
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