fashion

When I wish to find out how wise , or stupid, or how good, or how wicked is anyone, or what are his thoughts at the moment, I fashion the expression of my face, as accurately as possible, in accordance with the expression of his, and then wait to see what thoughts or sentiments arise in my mind or heart, as if to match with the expression.

Dupin, quoting a schoolboy, Edgar Allen Poe from ‘The Purloined Letter’.

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