« ZurückWeiter »
Now while I speak this, holds his wife by the arm,
Shakespeare's Winter's Tale:
Attempt to hide Jealousy.
Her. Are you mov'd, my lord ?
Leo. No, in good earnest.
Jealousy mixed with Grief. How blest am I In my just censure ! in my true opinion ! Alack for lesser knowledge !-how accurs'd In being so bless'd! There may be in the cup A spider steep'd, and one may drink, depart, And yet partake no venom, for his knowledge Is not infected ; but if one present The abhorr'd ingredient to his eye, make known How he hath drunk, he cracks his gorge, his sides, With violent hefts. I have drunk, and seen the spider !
Jealousy mixed with Rage and Regret.
This fellow 's of exceeding honesty,
Modesty is a diffidence of ourselves, accompanied with a delicacy in our sense of whatever is mean, indecent, or dishonourable; or a fear of doing these things, or of having them imputed to us. Submission is an humble sense of our inferiority, and a quiet surrender of our powers to a superiour. Modesty bends the body forward, has a placid, downcast countenance, levels the eyes to the breast, if not to the feet, of the superiour character: the voice is low, the tone submissive, and the words few... Submission adds to these a lower bending of the head, and a spreading of the arms and hands downwards towards the person we submit to.
Modesty on being appointed to a high Station.
Shakes. Meas. for Measa
Submission on Forgiveness of Crime.
O noble sir !
I do embrace your offer, and dispose .
SHAME. Shame, or a sense of appearing to a disadvantage before one's own fellow-creatures, turns away the face from the beholders, covers it with blushes, hangs the head, casts down the eyes, draws down and contracts the eye-brows. It either strikes the person dumb, or, if he attempts to say any thing in his own defence, causes his tongue to falter, confounds his utterance, and puts him upon making a thousand gestures and grimaces to keep himself in countenance; all which only heighten his confusion and embarrassment.
Shame at being convicted of a Crime.
Oh my dread lord
Ibid. Meas. for Meas.
GRAVITY. Gravity, or seriousness, as when the mind is fixed, or deliberating on some important subject, smooths the countenance, and gives it an air of melancholy; the eye-brows are lowered, the eyes cast downwards, the mouth almost shut, and sometimes a little contracted. The posture of the body and limbs is com. posed, and without much motion : the speech slow and solemn, the tone without much variety,
Grave Deliberation on War and Peace.
Fathers, we once again are met in council :
And Rome attends her fate from our resolves .. .
Addison's Cato. INQUIRY. Inquiry into some difficult subject, fixes the body nearly in one posture, the head somewhat stooping, the eyes poring, andthe eye-brows contracted.
Inquiry mixed with Suspicion.
Pray you, once more
Shakespeare's Winter's Tale.
Attention to an esteemed or superiour character has nearly the same aspect as Inquiry, and requires silence ; the eyes often cast down upon the ground; sometimes fixed upon the face of the speaker, but not too familiarly.
TEACHING OR INSTRUCTING. Teaching, explaining, or inculcating, requires a mild serene air, sometimes approaching to an authoritative gravity ; the features and gestures altering according to the age or dignity of the pupil, and importance of the subject inculcated. To youth it should be mild, open, serene, and condescending ; to equals and superiours, modest, and diffident; but when the subject is of great dignity or importance, the air and manner of conveying the instruction ought to be firm and emphatical, the eye steady and open, the eye-brow a little drawn down over it, but not so much as to look surly or dogmatical; the pitch of voice ought to be strong, steady, and clear, the articulation distinct, the utterance slow, and the manner approaching to confidence.
Instruction to modest Youth.
Pol. Wherefore, gentle maiden,
Per. I have heard it said,
Pol. Say there be,
Instruction to an Inferiour..