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Acting And Mimicry:
 Expressions - Part 1

 Expressions - Part 2

 The Smile—the Laugh

 Love In Its Different States And Expressions

 Intellectual And Other Expressions

 General Expressions

 Effects Of Pathological States On The Expressions

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Love In Its Different States And Expressions

( Originally Published Early 1900's )

Love, in its various forms, as mother love, love between lovers, love of country, is among the strongest of human passions. But, receiving its impulse, as it does, from the deep, silent life of thought and feeling, it does not show itself so much outwardly by the more tangible signs of other emotions. However, the facial movements are similar to those seen in joy, the heart beats are accelerated and the breathing is affected. Yet love is an essence whose real breath is expressed in more delicate forms, the gentle smile, the brightened look, the tender clasp, the kiss, all are signs whereby this emotion may be shown.

And withal we must make note of the fact that love often causes sorrow and tears, which state then admits of the more marked expressions of grief, either pure or mixed with joy, as in the case of a meeting after long absence.

Affection is a lesser degree of love. It is manifested by an expression of happiness at sight of the object of devotion the head advances slightly, the look becomes lively as it fixes itself on the one loved ; the eyebrows are slightly raised, the forehead is serene, the mouth smiles, the nostrils dilate.

Devotion is an enduring state of love or affection. It is not content with expressing itself solely in words or feelings, but is active; it must express itself in deeds of thoughtfulness and tender solicitude.

Joy is the result of intense satisfaction and happiness. It can be manifested by clapping the hands, dancing, singing, laughing, etc. As in other expressions of high spirits, the forehead is serene, the eyes are open, the look is brilliant, the corners of the mouth are slightly turned up. In joy, the face is expanded, while in grief it is lengthened.

A violent joy is manifested by intense, noisy laughter. This outburst, however, may start from, or be gradually moderated until diminished into, a broad, gentle smile, which will indicate cheerfulness. The whole body and muscles are then more relaxed and the forehead is not contracted. A cheerful man is an optimist. His thoughts are centered in lively and noble emotions.

Sympathy is the taking part in the happiness or distress of others. Consequently, the expressions of the sympathetic person are affected by the high or low spirits of others.

Benevolence or kindness is the first degree of friendship and love. The possession of this quality is the sign of a happy, noble character, and must imprint an expression of smiling serenity on the face; leave an allure of happiness in the whole demeanor. It is the mark of the high-bred person. A noble example of this state is the attitude of the father in the opera "Linda," during the aria "Ambo Nati."

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