The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon Chapter 6
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We're back in 1900, where men wear blazers and wax their moustaches. Wait, have we gone back in time or not?
Fawcett meets Edward Ayearst Reeves, who takes Fawcett to a surveying course at the Society.
Reeves believes Fawcett and his peers could become "the next generation" of great explorers (6.8).
Fawcett is a fast learner, making him the Data of the group.
Fawcett quickly learns how to use a variety of tools no explorer leaves home without: theodolites, aneroids, sextants, the Pokédex.
Fawcett is also taught how to measure people.
The explorers are anthropologists, too, taught to observe "savages, barbarians, [and] the lower civilized nations. […] It is established that some races are inferior to others in volume and complexity of brain" (6.11).
Fawcett studies hard and passes his explorer's exam with flying colors.