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1883. Excerpt: ... PART I. CHIROGNOMY. "Manus membrum hominis
loquacissimum." CHAPTER OF THE HAND GENERALLY; AND PARTICULARLY OF
THE PALM AND FINGERS. Chirognomy, understood as distinct from
Chiromancy, is the science by which we can tell the dispositions,
proclivities, characters, and occupations of those with whom we are
thrown in contact, by the mere actual shape of the hands, their
outward appearances, and the impressions they give to the senses of
vision and touch. D'Arpentigny was the great high priest of this
branch of the science (as Desbarrolles was of the other), and he
divided all hands into seven categories, as follows: --i. The
Elementary (or Large-palmed). 2. The Necessary (or Spatulate). 3.
The Artistic (or Conical). 4. The Useful (or Square). 5. The
Philosophical (or Knotty). 6. The Psychic (or Pointed). 7. The
Mixed Hand. If the palm of the hand is too meagre and narrow, it
shows a feeble disposition, wanting in versatility or fertility of
conception, a nature of weak passions, and without power; if it is
supple and of a thickness and size in proportion with the fingers
and the rest of the body, it denotes aptitude and brightness of
idea; if, though still supple, the mounds and general developments
are too marked and gross, it betrays sensuality and egotism; and if
at the other extreme it is too big, too fat and gross in itself, it
indicates a character void of refinement, and instincts inclining
to animality. This delicacy of hand or foot carries itself even to
the lower animals, for whilst horses, asses, mules, cows, pigs, and
other animals noted for their stupidity have but solid horn feet,
the higher animals, and those possessing most instinct, such as the
felidae, dogs, monkeys, and the like, have their feet more or less
articulated and delicate as they...
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