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From James Paget   [1873]1

Sir William Gull has just brought me the enclosed quotations from Chaucer, as illustrations of the closure of the eyes in effort.2 He begs me to send them to you. I have lately seen a terrier who very distinctly frowns during mental excitement—not always with anger, but often, I think, with anxiety, as in expecting food.

Footnotes

The year is given in the published source of this letter.
The enclosures have not been found. In Expression 2d ed., William Withey Gull was cited for drawing CD’s attention to a passage in Geoffrey Chaucer’s ‘Nun’s priest’s tale’ from the Canterbury tales; in this passage, Chanticleer closes his eyes before crowing.

Summary

"Sir William Gull has just brought me the enclosed quotations from Chaucer, as illustrations of the closure of the eyes in effort. [In "The Nun’s priest’s tale" in Canterbury tales the fox tricks Chanticleer into crowing, whereupon Chanticleer closes his eyes to make the effort (and gets seized by the fox).] He begs me to send them to you.

I have lately seen a terrier who very distinctly frowns during mental excitement – not always with anger, but often, I think, with anxiety, as in expecting food."

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-8713
From
James Paget, 1st baronet
To
Charles Robert Darwin
Sent from
unstated
Source of text
S. Paget ed. 1901, p. 408

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8713,” accessed on 22 September 2018, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8713

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 21

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