Mochi tells the nasty man to “shut up” in Japanese.

The debate here reflects my annoyance with old adventure stories, where ancient African civilizations almost invariably were led by white people, and intelligence was measured by European beauty standards. Of course, such sentiments can be found in Lovecraft’s tales, but he relished in disrupting his own Anglo-Saxon purity ideal – nobody was safe, anybody could degenerate into a Dagon-worshipping fish monster or a cannibalistic ghoul. How much of his virulent racism was added for horrific effect, and how much was based on genuine convictions? HPL was a bit of a troll sometimes.

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