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Letter 7122

Wedgwood, Hensleigh to Darwin, C. R.

[Mar 1870]

Summary

On the expression of disagreeable surprise.

Transcription

1 Cumberland Place, | Regent’s Park. N.W.

“Here the grey man expressed his astonishment and disapprobation bya prolonged whistle”

—Wenderholme II. 91.f2

This is the interjection whew! But why does disagreeable surpriseso express itself? I think it is rather when something turns out thecontrary of what one expects.

The fox scheming to catch a goose would picture to himself the goosein some of its usual haunts, then he would imagine some way ofpouncing upon it,

DAR 181: 56

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Footnotes

f1
The date is established by CD’s annotation at the top of theletter.
f2
Hamerton 1869.
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