This section is from the book "Hill's Manual Of Social And Business Forms: A Guide To Correct Writing", by Thos. E. Hill. Also available from Amazon: Hill's Manual Of Social And Business Forms: The How-To-Do-Everything Book Of Victorian America.
TO represent the expression of Love with fidelity to nature, the gaze should be intently fixed upon the object of affection, with mingled tenderness and admiration; the hands are clasped in the fervency of emotion; the head and body incline forward; the features indicate earnestness, the lips being slightly parted , the lower limbs are firmly balanced upon the feet, and the voice is mild and melodious, in harmony with the thoughts of the heart.
Love is a beautifier.
Example - " Come in the evening, come in the morning,
Come when you're looked for, or come without warning; Kisses and welcome you'll find here before you, And the oftener you come the more I'll adore you! Light is my heart since the day we were plighted, Red is my cheek that they told me was blighted; How sweet is the thought, to be ever united!"
AGITATION and disorder mark the whole appearance in Madness. Every movement is sudden and irregular, quick and uncontrolled; the eyes, extended to their utmost limit, protrude wildly and turn rapidly from object to object; the hair is tossed loosely about the head and face; the open hands are thrown upward to the head, and press and clasp and tousle it as if to drive away the agony of the brain; the breath comes and goes excitedly; the countenance is distorted.
Example - " Here have I watched, in this dungeon cell, Longer than memory's tongue can tell; Here have I shrieked in my wild despair, When the damned fiends from their prison came, Sported and gamboled, and mocked me here, With their eyes of fire, and their tongues of flame, Shouting forever and aye my name."
REPRESENTING Dignity, the step is firm; the body is stretched to its full height; the head is elevated and poised a little to one side; the eyes are wide-open, "with a downward tendency;" the brow is expanded; the right arm is thrown energetically across the chest, asserting the right to speak and the will to enforce that right; every muscle is firmly set, and the voice is slightly raised, with a tone of command that signifies possession of a perfect woman-hood.
Example - "I perjure myself, - I sink my soul in falsehood to gratify your greed for gold? - never! Out, wretch! leave my sight forever! Think you that I have no knowledge of the difference between right and wrong? Think you I would blast the happiness of another and carry in my heart forever the knowledge of a lie for a few paltry dollars? And you thought to tempt me to this by an offer of money. Base creature,-I despise you! Begone !-never let me see you more!"
IN Earnestness, the form assumes its full height; the head is erect, with the features slightly elevated; the breath has a firm, quickened movement; the eyes are clear and the brows knit; the voice is deep; the lips are slightly compressed; the countenance is fearless; the right arm is extended, with the open palm of the hand turned upward, and there is a dignified air.
Example - "You think I love it! If this nerveless hand Could gain immortal strength, this very hour, I'd sweep this hellish traffic from the land, And crush its blighting, maddening, nightmare power Yea, now, with all my latest dying breath, I'll curse the thing that drags me down to death! - Aye, curse it ever, ever!"