Still all were distinguished by a certain sodden swarthiness
of complexion, a filmy dimness of eye, and pallor and compression of lip.
His body seemed leaner, because of the swarthiness
of the skin.
But, as if he disdained the usual artifices of his people, he bore none of those strange and horrid devices, with which the children of the forest are accustomed, like the more civilised heroes of the moustache, to back their reputation for courage, contenting himself with a broad and deep shadowing of black, that served as a sufficient and an admirable foil to the brighter gleamings of his native swarthiness
. His head was as usual shaved to the crown, where a large and gallant scalp-lock seemed to challenge the grasp of his enemies.
(41) Nashe's depiction of Harvey's face emphasizes his swarthiness
and how lined and careworn it is, but says nothing about its ruddiness: 'his complexion...
(14) In "A Mien to move a Queen--" (Fr254), praising the wren's non-desire, the speaker figures the wren's "slight" "Hands" that can "elate a sprite." In addition, the bat's "inscrutable" motion, along with his swarthiness
and silence echoes Dickinson's image of Malay whose "nimble action" reflects a pure spirit and thus obtains the pearl of wisdom (Kang 70-72).
(48) Like other Protestants of the time who bemoaned the feminization of American Christianity and culture, they fussed about their community's lack of "swarthiness
and power," of "brawnier manliness." "The spirit of religion," after all, was "a spirit of power," Steiner reminded the Herald's readers.
Frightened, Dosier realizes he can no longer function with Deadeye's temper: "That swift rush of anger; that jumping up at the first word given [...] the swarthiness
, the swagger, the brag.
Among them was Tom Oliver (known as Black Tom for his swarthiness
and black hair), who rode three Grand National winners, and guided his friend, Top Pickerell, to have 17 Grand National rides.
He had delicate features, redeemed from effeminacy by the swarthiness
of his complexion, and his quick intensity of expression.
Like Twankey, Bernarde's satisfyingly slimy Abanazer is not someone you'd fancy meeting down a dark alley but his Cossack-style swarthiness
, his black locks and Machiavellian goatee provide that something-for-the-ladies element, as does Lloyd Grayshon's impressively muscled Genie.
William Brereton, writing about the Jews of Amsterdam in 1635, comments that the "men [are] most black," while Robert Kirk describes the Jews in a 1690 London synagogue as "all very black men." (64) Francois-Maximilian Misson's late seventeenth-century New Voyage to Italy challenges these ideas: "Tis also a vulgar error that the Jews are all black; for this is only true of the Portuguese, who marrying always among one another, beget Children like themselves, and consequently the Swarthiness
of their complexion is entail'd upon their whole race ...