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I had not caught her name but I had noticed her fine, arched eyebrows which, so the physiognomists say, are a sign of courage.
He was a tallish man, considerably round-shouldered, with a pale, square, closely shaven face; and one who possessed any expertness as a physiognomist, could not mistake a certain sanctimonious satanic look out of the eyes.
As was typical of the progressives' pseudo-scientific racial analysis of the time (Leonard 2003, 2005), Samuel Hopkins Adams said, "Nowhere in that countenance would a physiognomist find anything symptomatic of the man's inherent weakness and softness of fiber, though possible in his carriage, for he slouches a little as he moves" (1939, 64).
The physiognomist wishes to ignore or dismiss that ambiguity, just as the reader of the "Of physiognomy," seeking guidance on how to live, may wish to ignore or dismiss its many ambiguities and inconsistencies.
A friend told her she was a natural physiognomist, whatever that was.
The physiognomist works in the opposite way than the psychologist: he infers feelings from the physiognomy game.
Silhouettes are useful to the physiognomist because they "collect the distracted attention, confine it to an outline, and thus render the observation more simple, easy, and precise" (Lavater 275).
Lavater was a true believer: "With secret ecstasy the benevolent Physiognomist penetrates into the interior of his fellow-creature.
thoughts and desires but the trained eye of the physiognomist had the
Tramutolo next took new photographs of the father and son and had a physiognomist attest to their similar features, but to no avail.
His example is the Italian physiognomist Tommaso Campanella, famous for his ability to penetrate into other people's minds by mimicking their bodily behaviour, but even more famous perhaps for his legendary power to feign madness in the face of the torments he had to suffer when he was subjected to the Inquisition's thirty-six-hour veglia torture in 1601.
For example, using observations about the proportion of a man's facial features, physiognomist Johann Gaspar Spurzheim concluded that he was "religiously inclined, [but a person] whose moral inclinations, however, find great obstacles, in his self-esteem and in his unbending disposition" (384).