Quotation by Dudley Nichols

I can't say much for the women though. But oh, the girls. All Malayan females should be poisoned at twenty-one. Before that they're—mmmh!... Oh yes, they're dark. But the longer you're there, the whiter they get. Well that's the way it seems.... I'll never forget the first time I saw them. We sailed into a little harbor about sundown, and the girls came swimming out. Flowers in their long hair. Singing and laughing upward through the water. Brown skinned. It seemed like gold to me. A richer, deeper gold than any metal. I can see that gold shimmer even now on their wet bodies. And they swam like mermaids to the rail and climbed on board. Laughing at us like a bunch of shameless imps.
Dudley Nichols (1895–1960), U.S. screenwriter, Garrett Fort, co-scenarist, and John Ford. George Brown (Reginald Denny), The Lost Patrol, describing the young girls he encountered in Malaya (1934).

Based on the story "Patrol," by Philip MacDonald.
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