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By George Burgess (1829-1905)

Phrenologist in Bristol 1861-1901

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Physiognomy - Physiognomist - Eyes, Face and Expression.

Face and Expression.

Hazel – Hazel eyes, in a healthy well-formed person, indicates a nature capable od and inclined to enjoy a proper share of almost every natural and true pleasure in life.  They often belong to poets, and summer rambles by the brook-side and nature’s glories light them up with poetic fire.

Blue – Dark blue eyes, in a well-trained person, indicates a warm loving nature, and their owners delight in being regarded with tenderness and love.  Light blue eyes, in a well trained, healthy person, indicates an exceedingly warm and glowing nature, accompanied by candor and enthusiasm.  Their owners are ardent and trustful, and sometimes too easily misled, but they mean well.  Nations where light blue eyes mainly abound, are the highest of any in mental and spiritual development.

Beautiful – Beautiful eyes are of various colors – dark, medium and light – are well-set and well-proportioned to the general physiognomy; have gently arched eyelids, and shine with a steady, calm lustre, and they are a sign of a beautiful nature within.


Short – A very short, cramped-up face is a sign of a short, cramped up dull nature.

Long – A face naturally long is a sign of a thinking mind, and shallow observers often pronounce its owner sad, instead of thoughtful.

Flat – A very flat slow face is a sign of a flat slow nature.

Keen – A very keen, cutting face is a sign of a quick, keen spirit.

Round – A very round, even face, in a healthy person, shows a round, even nature, that will not fret much.

Square – A square-built face is a sign of an angular and distinct character.

Oval – An oval face is generally a sign of an amiable and pleasing native character.


Permanent – Permanency of expression arises from the general and permanent physiognomy.  If the expression is naturally disagreeable when the features repose, there is an unpleasant nature behind it.  But if the expression is naturally agreeable when the features repose, there is an agreeable nature behind it.

Variable – Variableness of expression arises from exercising special muscles of the face at different times, according to the varying emotions of the mind.  By an effort, a disagreeable person can assume a partially agreeable expression for the occasion; and one with a naturally agreeable expression, when unpleasantly excited will display a partially disagreeable expression for the time being; hence, it is the permanent expression only, when the face is reposing, that corresponds with the natural inner character.  But a skilled physiognomist can always discover whether an expression is natural or assumed.