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An Octoroon student at Tuskegee. Quadroon, and the associated words octoroon and quintroon are terms that, historically, were applied to define the ancestry of people of mixed-race, generally of African and Caucasian ancestry, but also, within Australia, to those of Aboriginal and Caucasian ancestry.
Pauline Metternich and daughter Sophie | Grand Ladies
Princess Pauline Metternich, the most brilliant and wittiest woman to grace the French court during the Second Empire. She championed the music of Richard Wagner and had a hilarous sense of humor. Although she was far from beautiful, her wit and vivacious personality reigned supreme. Cruel critics called her the "best dressed monkey in Paris". She just laughed out loud when she heard the remark She is pictured here with one of her three daughters. circa 1865