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Darwin Correspondence Project

To W. E. Darwin   22 [March 1868]1

22d

My dear W.

Thanks about Langstaff.2 As you are one of the few persons who can remember to observe expression, I shall often bother you with queries.—

Remember to observe a suppressed yawn, to see whether depressor angulioris, cannot be so well prevented acting as the other muscles.— This was your observation & if confirmed. wd be of value.—3

The Boss4 says that when you scratch a tickling point, you close your eyelids violently (& so do I)— do tears come at all into your eyes?5

Your affect. F. | C. Darwin

Footnotes

The date is established by the relationship between this letter, the note dated 14 March 1868 in DAR 160: 97 (see n. 3, below), and the letter to W. E. Darwin, 8 April [1868].
William communicated information from Charles Langstaff on the movements of the facial muscles during weeping. See letter from W. E. Darwin, 5 March [1868].
In a note dated 14 March 1868 (DAR 160: 97), CD recorded William’s observations of a woman checking a yawn at a concert, including the movement of the depressor anguli oris muscle.
Possibly Emma Darwin or Henrietta Emma Darwin.
CD remarked that tears were secreted whenever the eyelids were strongly contracted, regardless of whether any emotion was experienced (Expression, p. 163).

Bibliography

Expression: The expression of the emotions in man and animals. By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray. 1872.

Summary

Asks WED to observe a suppressed yawn.

Asks whether scratching a tickling point makes tears come to his eyes.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-8396
From
Charles Robert Darwin
To
William Erasmus Darwin
Sent from
unstated
Source of text
Natural History Museum (Gen. Lib. MSS/DAR: 33)
Physical description
2pp

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8396,” accessed on 14 October 2019, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/DCP-LETT-8396.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 16

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