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Costumes

In almost every account, the author makes a point to discuss the physical characterstics of each nationality. This includes their costume, which is also given considerable attention.  The lengthy descriptions of national dress may have come about because this was the easiest aspect to observe and record.  In describing a group of people, the author also includes their "Genius," meaning generalizations about their emotional tendencies, temper, and intelligence.  Many of these descriptions are compared to British standards.