From The Living Races of Mankind. A Popular Illustrated Account of the Customs, Habits, Pursuits, Feats & Ceremonies of the Races of Mankind throughout the World (circa 1900):
In physical characteristics [the Icelander] does not compare favourably with his fellow Scandinavians.
The stony stare has caused the women to be described as generally ill-featured.
....[Icelanders] have thick, clumsy bodies, apparently too long and heavy for the legs...
...the eye ... is nearly always hard, cold and expressionless.
...exempt from most vices, except the national failing -- drink.
...their directness in criticising and ridiculing other people's weaknesses ... has created an impression that they are boorish and ill-natured.
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