326 BLUSHING. CHAP. XIII, Hereafter the question will be discussed, how it has arisen that the consciousness that others are attending to our personal appearance should have led to the capil- laries, especially those of the face, instantly becoming filled with blood. My reasons for believing that attention directed to personal appearance, and not to moral conduct, has been the fundamental element in the acquirement of the habit of blushing, will now be given. They are separately light, but combined possess, as it appears to me, con- siderable weight. It is notorious that nothing makes a shy person blush so much as any remark, however slight, on his personal appearance. One cannot notice even the dress of a woman much given to blushing, wihout causing her face to crimson. It is sufficient to stare hard at some persons to make them, as Col- eridge remarks, blush,—"account for that he who can." 23 "With the two albinos observed by Dr. Burgess,24 "the slightest attempt to examine their peculiarities invariably " caused them to blush deeply. "Women are much more sensitive about their personal appearance than men are, especially elderly women in comparison with elderly men, and they blush much more freely. The young of both sexes are much more sensitive on this same head than the old, and they also blush much more freely than the old. Children at a very early age do not blush; nor do they show those other signs of self- consciousness which generally accompany blushing; and it is one of their chief charms that they think nothing about what others think of them. At this early age they will stare at a stranger with a fixed gaze and un- 28 In a discussion on so-called animal magnetism in * Table Talk,' vol. i. M Ibid. p. 40.