The study of Lavater or later physiognomists has its uses ; but a short list of traits culled from personal observation may help you to recognise some of the signs that denote strength, weakness, in a head or face.<< Previous page
The eyes set wide apart denote breadth of view. When close together they give a mean look to the face ; and when deep set they are contemplative.
The ear will be seen set well back in the head in nearly all really intellectually strong men.
Great bulk of jaw, when matched with a well-developed forehead, implies imagination and constructive ability ; but when not balanced by these signs of mental development it may indicate brutality and animalism.
Sweetness of character is to be discovered in the muscles running under the eye and over the cheek-bone ; and the mouth, perhaps more than any other part of the face, is indicative of refinement or the reverse.
Personal observation will enable you to add to this short list of examples, for in these days of tube saloon carriages the student has endless opportunities of comparing types and adding to his store of the knowledge of human nature and the facial indices of character and expression. Sir Joshua Reynolds says so wisely " that the eye sees no more than it knows," and we take no more from the world than we take into it. Accordingly, to discern the finer characteristics, we must ourselves reach a degree of refinement, or we shall fail to recognise it in others.
The expression of the intellectually strong or the sympathetically sweet will be, as it were, over our heads if we are unable to share with the intellectual some of their strength, with the sympathetic some of their sympathy.
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