Good humour and cheeriness are eminently characteristic of our Little
Englanders. In charm of manner, too, they yield to none, and a peculiarly
pleasant voice tends to strengthen the good impression thus created. This
agreeable address is indicative of their best quality.
The inhabitants of South Pembrokeshire are essentially a kindly folk: they
are gentle to women and children, and merciful to animals: indeed cases of
wife beating or beast torture are practically unknown. On the other hand a
love of making things pleasant militates against truth. It is absolutely
hopeless to expect an exact statement. Disagreeable angles are rounded off,
and to screen a comrade the lie downright is deemed commendable.
Clannishness is very strong. These virtues and vices are perhaps ascribable
to Gaelic blood. The much vaunted Irish chastity, however, is, I regret to
say, not a marked characteristic of the race. " love children " abound, and
a girl who has tripped is not considered to have erred very grievously. This
tolerance seems to be of Kymric origin. Unlike the Welshmen our Little
Englanders are good horsemen and bold sailors, qualities inherited from
their Norse ancestors: heavy drinkers too, a failing we may perhaps
attribute to the same source.
They are, however, not quarrelsome when in their cups. Extremely
hospitable, they are very thrifty, but lack enterprise, and save rather than
make money. Slovenly in their houses, persons and work, they are curiously
unaesthetic, and at the same time passionately fond of music. A God-fearing,
law-abiding race, who, despite certain transparent naughtinesses are most
loveable, and that all good may betide them and their children is the
writer's heartfelt prayer. .