Oroonoko Quotes

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And though they are all thus naked, if one lives forever among them, there is not to be seen an indecent action, or glance: and being continually used to see one another so unadorned, so like our first parents before the fall, it seems as if they had no wishes, there being nothing to heighten curiosity.
-- The Narrator (Section 1)

Importance: In this quote, in describing the natural innocence and freedom of the natives of the West Indies, the narrator references the innocence of the Biblical Adam and Eve, suggesting that the natives were as pure and free from corrupting knowledge as they were.

And 'tis most evident and plain, that simple Nature is the most harmless, inoffensive, and virtuous mistress. It is she alone, if she were permitted, that better instructs the world, than all the inventions of man: religion would here but destroy that tranquility they possess by ignorance; and laws would but...
-- The Narrator (Section 1)

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