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Hogarth, William, 1697-1764 / The analysis of beauty : written with a view of fixing the fluctuating ideas of taste
(1753)

Chap. XV: of the face,   pp. 122-134


Page 126

126            ANALYSISof          BEAUTY. 
moft any age, will hide a foolith or a wicked mind till 
they betray themfelves by their adions or their words: 
yet the frequent aukward movements of the mufcles of 
the fool's face, tho' ever fo handfom, is apt in time to 
leave fuch traces up and down it, as will diflinguiflh a 
defet of mind upon examination: but the bad man, 
if he be aft hypocrite, may fo manage his mufries, by 
teaching them to contradid his heart, that little of his 
mind can be gather'd from his countenance, fo that the 
charater of an hypocrite is entirely out of the power of 
the pencil, without fome adjoining circumftance to dif- 
cover him, as finiling and ftabing at the fame time, or 
the like. 
It is by the natural and unaffeted movements of the 
mufcles, caufed by the paffions of the mind, that every 
man's chara&er would in fome meafure be written in 
his face, by that time he arrives at forty years of age, 
were it not for certain accidents which often, tho' not 
always prevent it. For the ill-natur'd man, by frequently 
frowning, and pouting out the mufcles of his mouth, 
doth in time bring thofe parts to a conflant hate of the 
appearance of ill-nature, which might have been pre- 
vented by the conftant affedation of a fmile; and fo of 
the other paffions: tho' there are fome that do not 
affe6& the mufcles at all fimply of themfelves, as love 
and hope. 
But leaft I fhould be thought to lay too great a firefs 
on outward fhew, like a phyfiognomift, take this with 
you, 


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