This section is from the book "The Practice Of Palmistry For Professional Purposes", by C. de Saint-Germain. Also available from Amazon: The Practice of Palmistry for Professional Purposes.
Very long fingers - Meddling disposition: ever finding fault; sometimes cruel out of mere tormenting instincts; the poisoner's fingers
Long fingers - Love of detail; aptitude for doing small things well. Analytical capacities; sensitiveness over trifles.
Long, thin fingers - Diplomats; deceivers; card sharpers; pickpockets.
Average fingers - Well balanced organism; sometimes very commonplace nature.
Short fingers - Quick understanding of things taken as a whole; synthetical aptitudes. Intuitive faculty (with smooth joints).
Very short fingers - Bohemian, unconventional instincts; often laziness; selfishness through indifference; incapacity to understand and practice the common duties of life. Cruelty again, this time to obey rude, primitive instincts; the ruffian's fingers.
First Finger. Longer than the second finger - Almost insane, domineering spirit.
Equal to the second finger - Love of power (Napoleon's index).
Much shorter than the second finger - Timidity; reticent in everything. First Finger. Much longer than the third finger - Abnormal, unhealthy ambition.
Equal to the third finger - Great desire for fame and riches.
Much shorter than the third finger -
Lack of ambition; love for a humdrum existence.
Much longer than the first finger - Morbidity even to folly.
Equal to the first finger - Life ruled by ambition.
Shorter than the first finger - Insanity, taking the form of mania for greatness. Second Finger.
Much longer than the third finger - Morbidity interfering with the success of the subject in art, literature or money making.
Equal to the third finger - Gambling disposition.
Shorter than the third finger - A disposition to take desperate risks; foolhardy enterprises, amounting almost to insanity.
2. Length of Each Finger.
IK FAIR PROPORTION.
Moderate love of rale; an active, inluitive disposition.
Dislike to responsibility.
Morbidity (especially if flat).
Hysteria, Murderous instincts.
Artistic sense. (Love of the beautiful.)
Love of speculation
No love of beauty. Mercenary in art productions.
False idea of art; using art for wrong purposes
Versatility; desire for general improvement,
Dangerous rapidity in coming la conclusions.
Want of honesty
Much longer than the first finger - Love of art, but no ambition to sustain it and bring about results.
Equal to the first finger - Great desire for fame and riches.
Shorter than the first finger - Ambition blinds the subject as to his real (small) merit.
Much longer than the second finger - Taking deperate risks.
Equal to the second finger - Gambling-instincts fully developed.
Much shorter than the second finger - Morbid instincts will ruin all prospects. Third Finger.
Unusually longer than the fourth finger - Ambition will be altogether in the direction of the fine arts, and will meet with great success.
Almost equal to the fourth finger - Versatility; convincing power used for god or bad [the rest of the indications will tell).
Almost equal to the first finger - Talent for diplomacy and statesmanship. Also seen in the unscrupulous politician.
Almost equal to the second finger - Scientific powers of an extraordinary type.
Almost equal to the third finger - Versatility. Power of influencing others. In a bad hand - A cheat.
4. The Phalanges Taken Separately.
Normal First Phalanx.
Normal Second Phalanx.
Normal Third Phalanx.
Love of and respect for Religion. Gift of intuition- Excess - Superstition.
Ambition, pride. Excess - Vanity.
Desire to rule. Excess - Love of power carried too far.
Gravity. Excess - Melancholy, Religious insanity even to suicidal mania..
Love of agriculture. Excess - Extreme, unnecessary caution in choice of occupation or in bust-
Economy Excess - Avarice.
Artistic inspiration. Excess -Unbalanced artistic tendencies.
Common sense blended with talent. Excess - Mercantile instincts stifling inspiration.
Love of brilliant show. Excess -
Eloquence: love of science for its own sake Excess - Lying.
Aptitude for science and inventions. Excess - Science used for guilty purposes
Business talent. Excess - Thieving disposition.
I give herein an illustration of a finger, with a carefully prepared scale that will allow the student to judge by actual measure merit whether a phalanx is nor-mal or in excess. He may measure the length of any finger from the lower (outward) knuckle - where the Hand Proper ceases and the Finger begins - and divide this length into ten equal parts.
A normal Third Phalanx will be 4½ Tenths in length.
A Normal Second Phalanx will be 3½ Tenths in length.
A Normal First Phalanx will be 2 Tenths in length, not counting, of course, the portion of the nail that is allowed to grow over and above the tip of the finger.
Any marked (not insignificant:) deviation from these proportions of 4½, 3½ and 2 ought to be considered as an Excess or Deficiency.
As a Deficiency in the length of a pha-ianx almost invariably determines an Excess in another phalanx of the same finger, it is quite sufficient for the student to know how to read the Excess as it becomes the ruling element in that particular finger.