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MR. DARWIN'S forthcoming work on “Expression in Man and Animals” bids fair to be of a more popular character than any of his other publications. It will commence with a statement of the general principle of Expression;—that serviceable actions become habitual in association with certain states of the mind, and are performed, whether or not of service, in each particular case. This will be illustrated in the case of expression of the various emotions in man and the lower animals. The means of expression in animals will then be discussed, and the special expressions of animals and man, such as the depression of the corners of the mouth in grief, frowning, the firm closure of the mouth to express determination, gestures of contempt, the dilatation of the pupils from terror, the causes of blushing, &c. In conclusion, the bearing of the subject will be spoken of on the specific unity of the races of man, the part will be discussed which the will and intention have played in the acquirement of various expressions, and the question of their acquisition by the progenitors of man will be referred to. Seven heliotype plates reproduced from photographs will illustrate the work.

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