254 CONTEMPT. CHAP. XL From this circumstance M. Lemoine has argued * that their descriptions are not trustworthy. But we shall immediately see that it is natural that the feelings which we have here to consider should be expressed in many , different ways, inasmuch as various habitual actions serve equally well, through the principle of association, for their expression. Scorn and disdain, as well as sneering and defiance, may be displayed by a slight uncovering of the canine tooth on one side of the face; and this movement ap- pears to graduate into one closely like a smile. Or the smile or laugh may be real, althoxigh one of derision; and this implies that the offender is so insignificant that he excites only amusement; but the amusement is gen- erally a pretence. Gaika in his answers to my queries remarks, that contempt is commonly shown by his coun- trymen, the Kafirs, by smiling; and the Eajah Brooke makes the same observation with respect to the Dyaks of Borneo. As laughter is primarily the expression of simple joy, very young children do not, I believe, ever laugh in derision. The partial closure of the eyelids, as Duchenne2 in- sists, or the turning away of the eyes or of the whole body, are likewise highly expressive of disdain. These actions seem to declare that the despised person is not worth looking at, or is disagreeable to behold. The ac- companying photograph (Plate Y. fig. 1) by Mr. Bej- lander, shows this form of disdain. It represents a young lady, who is supposed to be tearing up the photograph of a despised lover. The most common method of expressing contempt is 1 * De la Physionomie et la Parole,' 1865, p. 89. 2 * Physionomie Humaine/ Album, Legende viii. p. 35. Gratiolet also speaks (De la Phys. 1865, p. 52) of the turn- ing away of the eyes and body.