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   Certain physical features are persistently, and irrationally, seen as clues to inner character: a high domed forehead indicating intelligence, a receding chin stupidity and cowardice, a jutting jaw bad temper, close-set eyes dishonesty, thick lips sensuality, etc. The size of a man's nose and a woman's mouth are said to correspond to that of their sexual organs - sometimes seriously, often in jest.
   Some minor forms of *fortune-telling were based on the face. The presence and position of *moles and dimples was considered significant; E. M. Wright collected the following predictions of poverty or wealth, of which the first two were still known in 1958:
   A dimple in your cheek, Your living to seek
   (Yorkshire)
   A dimple in your chin,
   You'll have your living brought in
   (Yorkshire)
   If you've a mole above your chin You'll never be beholden to your kin
   (Shropshire)
   and also a Lancashire belief that a mole on the side of the nose was a sign that the Devil has marked you for his own (Wright, 1913: 224). Others reported that 'it is the opinion of nurses that babies who have dimples have short tongues, and will lisp' (N&Q 5s:9 (1878), 466).
   See also *ears, *eyebrows, *eyelashes, *eyes, *moles, *mouths, *noses.
   ■ Opie and Tatem, 1989: 119, 288; Lean, 1903: ii. 1. 284-5.

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