Don't you love it when science echoes in confirmation of literature's observations? This week I've been reading A Tale of Two Cities, a copy my grandmother gave me when I was ten, and which I've been thrilled to finally experience. I grew especially happy the the other day, when I came across this description of Lucie Manette's testimony at the Old Bailey:
I was reminded of this piece from Science Daily, which states, "The movement of facial skin and muscles around the mouth plays an important role not only in the way the sounds of speech are made, but also in the way they are heard according to a study by scientists at Haskins Laboratories." Okay, so it's the mouth and not the forehead, but still! All those foreheads creasing along with Lucie's seem to shape the jury's interpretation of what they hear, and Charles Darnay gets his reprieve.
Plus, how amazing is that study? Imagine if you could hook someone up to that machine and then have them listen to poetry!