CHAP. VI. WEEPING. 151 open; so that the above-named depressor muscles are not brought into such strong action. With one of my own infants, from his eighth day and for some time afterwards, I often observed that the first sign of a screaming-fit, when it could be observed com- ing on gradually, was a little frown, owing to the con- traction of the corrugators of the brows; the capillaries of the naked head and face becoming at the same time reddened with blood. As soon as the screaming-fit ac- tually began, all the muscles round the eyes were strongly contracted, and the mouth widely opened in the manner above described; so that at this early period the features assumed the same form as at a more advanced age. Dr. Pidcrit ° lays great stress on the contraction of certain muscles which draw down the nose and narrow the nostrils, as eminently characteristic of a crying ex- pression. The deprexxores ancjuli or is, as AVC have just seen, are usually contracted at the same time, and they indirectly tend, according to Dr. Duchenne, to act in this same manner on the nose. With children having bad colds a similar pinched appearance of the nose may be noticed, Avhich is at least partly due, as remarked to me by Dr. Langstaff, to their constant snuffling, and the consequent pressure of the atmosphere on the two sides. The purpose of this contraction of the nostrils by chil- dren having bad colds, or whilst crying, seems to be to check the downward flow of the mucus and tears, and to prevent these fluids spreading over the upper lip. After a prolonged and severe screaming-fit, the scalp, face, and eyes are reddened, OAving to the return of the blood from the head having been impeded by the violent expiratory efforts; but the redness of the stimulated B ' Mimilc und Physiognomilc,' 1867, s. 102. Duclienne, Meeanisme de la Phys. Humaine, Album, p. 34.