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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 Excerpt: ...attitude, resulting from the attempt to cure 20 through the process of 21. Figure 23. Strange as it may seem, the author has noted hundreds of speakers, lecturers, lawyers and clergymen, who have assumed this extraordinarily bad position. In an attempt to be both easy and correct, the change is most logical. A lecturer, just coming into fame, had arrived at that period of his life when he felt the coming on of "good presence," for this developes with character and nobility of nature; and he evidently felt that the familiar attitude of Figure 20 was not a good one. Without knowing the reason, and not caring to ask a teacher, he let his S judgment lead him out of the fault. This it did by degrees. He first put his feet together, as in Figure 21. Unconscious of the result, but mindful of the motive, he shut them closely together as in Figure 22. In a moment of thoughtlessness, he opened them, and the result was Figure 23. So logical is the change from one to the other, that the author believed there must be a law at work somewhere in the physical construction of the human body; and, upon analysis, so found it. Sitting one day in a court room, listening to a lawyer struggling more with himself than with his case, he made a diagram of the changing attitudes which the lawyer adopted, and found the same law present. It is worth while to observe others for this purpose. Ladies are as liable to these attitudes as men; their dresses conceal the details from the eye; but their general bearing tells the story as clearly. The chest is the key to grace, refinement and attitude. As a proof of this statement, when once challenged, the author spreads sand on the floor, and had a lady, who was dressed so as to conceal all evidence of feet and limbs, take a series o...
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