On the similarities of the English and Russians: both drunk racists

From Nikolai Leskov’s short story The Left-handed Craftsman:

Their contest started while they were still on the open sea and they went on drinking until they reached the estuary of the Dvina at Riga, and all this time both of them drank the same amount of liquor and neither of them was able to drink more than the other, and so perfectly matched were they that when one of them took a look at the sea and saw a devil jumping out of the waves, the other one would immediately see a devil too, except that the jovial sailor would see a ginger devil, while the left-handed craftsman would maintain that the devil he saw was as black as a negro.