The Nature of Laughter

The Nature of Laughter

The Nature of Laughter

The Nature of Laughter

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ANGER, like most human emotions, may result in many and diverse actions. An angry man may send his children to bed, cut off his son with a shilling, change his politics, bring a libel suit, write a satire or, reverting to the original and most instinctive manifestation of anger, black his neighbour's eye. This original of all angry methods of attack is apparent in the single action of the animal when impelled by anger: the result of animal rage is usually an assault upon the offender. It is also written upon every human being at the moment of insult. The body of the angered man may be represented by his clenched fist, which is one characteristic expression of his emotion of anger. The extra supply of sugar with which anger floods his blood is typical-- as his clenching fist is typical of the pose of his body--of an inward preparation for struggle. Struggle requires energy, and sugar supplies . . .

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