Lagnasbrichten

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Title

Lagnasbrichten

Subject

Negative description of Pastrana

Description

Negative description of Pastrana who was performing at the Kroll's Establishment in Berlin.

Source

Kronstädter Zeitung

Publisher

Zefys

Date

1857-11-14

Relation

IsVersionOf Kronstädter Zeitung

Format

pdf

Language

German

Type

Newspaper article

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Translation by Asta McCarthy:

In Kroll's etablissement in Berlin, a certain Miss J.P .is showing herself as a dancer. The ladies, though, do not have to worry that there might be a new 'Pepita', who will bring the hearts of the men into uproar. On the contrary, Miss P. is the contrapiece to all feminine beauty, she is a monstrosity of abhorrent ugliness, and because of this ugliness shows herself for money. Her dancing is just an extra, so the exhibition of the 'Mexican Miss' does not seem too simple and monotonous. The Voss. Newspaper gives this ungallant description of this lady. " Nature seems to have created this woman during an unusual mood, feeling pity for the ugliest woman on earth because of her ugliness. Every husband, were he married to a true monster of a wife, will from now on think of his wife as a medical Venus. Think of a female being with full black hair under a low brow which also seems to be hairy, with little stupid eyes hidden under inch-thick bushy eyebrows, with a broad, spongy nose, a mouth that is similar to a nozzle or a snout of an animal, with swollen lips behind which one can see a row of bad teeth, with a thick tongue that is similar to a grater, the face surrounded by a long beard for which a pioneer would envy the lady, and with a body covered with hair all over."

The more surprising are the dainty hand, foot, and leg, which do not let one wish for more in daintiness and elegance. Her mind seems to be developed to a high degree, she speaks English and Spanish very well, sings and dances, in other words she possesses all the characteristics of a young lady who went to an upper girls' school.

According to a myth, she comes from the mountains of Mexico, where she was found in a cave.

Files

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Citation

“Lagnasbrichten,” Julia Pastrana Online, accessed October 22, 2017, http://juliapastranaonline.com/items/show/123.

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