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n.1.A female mulatto.
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In Portraits of the New Negro Woman, Cherene Sherrard-Johnson considers the idea of the mulattress as an icon in the art and literature of the Harlem Renaissance.
Brown (despite the signifying power of her name) nearly shouts, "[W]hat impertinence, to palm a mulattress upon our care and society" (168).
The first excerpt, identified as coming from "the Washington--(white)," focuses on Florence's pedigree--her mother is "a respectable and well-bred Mulattress," and Florence is described precisely as an "Octoroon," emphasizing the percentage of her ancestry that is black--and her family's wealth, which makes them "very well esteemed by her own people and not a few of the whites.