From Hensleigh Wedgwood [March 1870]1
1 Cumberland Place, | Regent’s Park. N.W.
“Here the grey man expressed his astonishment and disapprobation by a prolonged whistle”
—Wenderholme II. 91.2
This is the interjection whew! But why does disagreeable surprise so express itself? I think it is rather when something turns out the contrary of what one expects.
The fox scheming to catch a goose would picture to himself the goose in some of its usual haunts, then he would imagine some way of pouncing upon it,
On the expression of disagreeable surprise.
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 7122,” accessed on 25 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-7122