Dumas’ Perfect Rejoinder

A reporter was questioning Alexandre Dumas about his ancestry. “Is it true that you are a quadroon?” he asked. Dumas replied that it was.

“So your father was a mulatto?”


“And your grandfather was a negro?”


Incautiously the reporter persisted: “And your great-grandfather was—?”

“A baboon, sir,” roared Dumas, his patience exhausted. “A baboon! Which means that my family begins where yours ends.”

Published in: on December 12, 2009 at 3:45 PM  Comments (3)  

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  1. Perfect retort to a bigoted racial slur. Who cannot love the works of this marvelous man? Je l’aime

  2. eu nao entendi pois sou brasileiraaa

    • Perhaps Brother Google would translate to Portuguese for you. 🙂

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