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Hope brightens the countenance, arches the eye-browe, gives the eyes an eager wishful look, opens the mouth to half a smile, bends the body a little forward.
Love lights up a smile upon the countenance; the forehead is smoothed, the eye-brows arched, the mouth a little open and smiling, the eyes languishing, the countenance assumes an eager wishful look, mixed with an air of satisfaction. The accents are soft and winning, the tone of the voice flattering.
Wonder opens the eyes, and makes them appear prominent; the body is fixed in a contracted stooping posture, the mouth is open, the hands often raised. Wonder at first strikes a person dumb, then breaks forth into exclamations.
Curiosity opens the eyes and mouth, lengthens the neck, bends the body forward, and fixes it in one posture, &c.
Anger is expressed by rapidity, interruption, noise and trepidation, the neck is stretched out, the head nodding in a threatening manner. The eyes red, staring, rolling, sparkling; the eye-brows drawn down over them, the forehead wrinkled, the nostrils stretched, every vein swelled, every muscle strained. When anger is violent, the mouth is opened and drawn towards the ears, shewing the teeth in a gnashing posture; the feet stamping, the right hand thrown out, threatening with a clenched fist, and the whole frame agitated..
Peevishness is expressed in nearly the same manner, but with more moderation, the eyes a squint upon the object of displeasure; the upper lip drawn up disdainfully.
Malice sets the jaws, or gnashes with the teeth; sends flashes from the eyes, draws the mouth towards the ears, clenches the fist, and bends the elbows.
Envy is expressed in the same manner, but more moderately. Aversion turns the face from the object; the hands spread out to keep it off.
Jealousy shews itself by restlessness, peevishness, thoughtfulness, anxiety, absence of mind. It is a mixture of a variety of passions, and assumes a variety of appearances.
Contempt assumes a haughty air; the lips closed and pouting. Modesty or humility bends the body forward, casts down the eyes. The voice is low, the words few, and tone of utterance submissive.
EXAMPLES FOR ILLUSTRATION.
INTERROGATING OR QUESTIONING.
One day when the moon was under an eclipse, she complained thus to the sun of the discontinuance of his favora
My dearest friend, said she, why do you not shine upon me as you used to do? Do I not shine upon thee? said the sun; I am very sure that I intend it. O no! replies the moon; but I now perceive the reason. I see that dirty planet the earth has got between us. Dodsley's Fables.
Life is short and uncertain; we have not a moment to lose. Is it prudent to throw away any of our time in tormenting ourselves or others, when we have little for honest pleasures? Forgetting our weakness, we stir up mighty enmities, and fly to wound as if we were invulnerable. Wherefore all this bustle and noise The best use of a short life is to make it agreeable to ourselves and to others. Have you cause of quarrel with your servant, your master, your king, your neighbor? forbear a moment: death is at hand, which makes all equal.
What has a man to do with wars, tumults, ambushes? You would destroy your enemy? You lose your trouble; death will do your business whilst you are at rest. And after all, when you have got your revenge, how short will be your joy or his pain! While we are among men let us cultivate humanity; let us not be the cause of fear or pain to one another.-Let us despise injury, malice and detraction; and bear with an equal mind such transitory evils. While we speak, while we think, death comes up and closes the scene. Art of Thinking.
Then let us haste towards those piles of wonder
Let this auspicious day be ever sacred;
Choose it to bless their hopes and crown their wishes:
Then is Orestes blest! My griefs are fled!
All dark, and comfortless!
Where are those various objects that but now,
O misery! What words can sound my grief?
Trag. of Lear.
A generous few, the vet'ran hardy gleanings Of many a hapless fight, with a fierce Heroic fire inspir'd each other; Resolv'd on death, disdaining to survive Their dearest country :-" If we fall," Lcry'd, "Let us not tamely fall like passive cowards! No-let us live, or let us die like men! Come on my friends. To Alfred we will cut Our glorious way; or, as we nobly perish, Will offer to the genius of our country Whole hecatombs of Danes."-As if one soul Had mov'd them all, around their heads they flash'd Their flaming falchions:-" Lead us to those Danes; Our country! vengeance!" was the general cry. Mas. of Alft.
How ill this taper burns! Ha! who comes here? I think it is the weakness of mine eyes,
That shapes this monstrous apparition?
Who can behold such beauty, and be siler.t? Oh! I could talk of thee forever;\
Forever fix and gaze on those dear eyes;
Hear me, rash man; on thy allegiance hear me.
Away!-no woman could descend so low,
As in a theatre, the eyes of men,
After a well grac'd actor leaves the stage,
Trag. of Lear.
Even so, or with much more contempt, men's eyes
How like a fawning publican he looks
I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
On me, my bargains, and my well won thrift,
Merch, of Venice.
Ask for what end the heavenly bodies shine,
Essay on Man.
I know not how to thank you. Rude I am,
There is a stupid weight upon my senses,
Love was the informing active fire within;
Now that is quench'd, the mass forgets to move,
And longs to mingle with its kindred earth. Fair Penitent.
Lope! sweet flatterer, whose delusive touch Sheden afflicted minds the balm of comfort,
-Silence, ye winds
That make outrageous war upon the ocean;
Rinaldo and Armida.