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Handwritten phrenological character analysis of Miss M.J.A Percival by Prof. W. Hatfield, Scarboro, 1912.

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Mental Qualities


Miss M.J.A. Percival



Graduate of the American Institute of Phrenology,

(Fowler, Wells, & Co.), New York.

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Synopsis & Analysis



Miss M.J.A. Percival.




American Institute of Phrenology

(Fowler, Wells, & Co.)
New York.



This child is endowed with a distinct type of character, & posesses several remarkable qualities.

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She has a large brain, combined with a good share of vitality, & Nature has furnished all the elements necessary for the development of distinct ability, & strength of purpose. She inherits her qualities from the father's

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side, & during her youth will be quite a "tomboy". She is sensitive, & extremely susceptible to mental & social influences. She is well balanced yet precocious. She has a high degree of nervous activity. As she grows up,

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let her amuse herself with boys, picture books & play with children her own age. Do not think of sending her to school, till she is at least seven.

Her head is full at the sides, giving courage, energy, and

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executive power, hence she will quickly translate her thoughts into actions, & be known as a brave & fearless character. She will be industrious, & show an aptitude for business, money making, & never remain poor. She has natural sagacity,

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reserve, tact, & forethought, & though she is forcible & determined, yet she will be watchfull & equal to an emergency.

Her prominent frontal development bespeaks fine intellectual capacity. She will be very observant, quick to see & absorb inform-

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ation, want to see & know all about things, will inquire & ask questions. She should first be taught to use her hands in the way of drawing or modelling. This will develop her practical powers. She will show a sense of order, & be quick

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with figures. She will also evince a desire to travel, come in contact with people, & exchange ideas. Her impressions are tenacious, & she has a splendid general memory which will enable her to store up information, use her knowledge appro-

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priately, & act well on the spur of the moment. She will be keenly interested in music, & excel as a vocalist. She will have plenty of talk, & express her views in a free, attractive style.

The upper portion of her brow is full &

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broad, giving reflective power, & she will be thoughtful, philosophical, interested in a wide range of subjects, also intensely critical, make fine distinctions, keen in her penetrations, & not easily misled. Her manner will be pleasant, agreeable,

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& she has a quick sense of fun. She will be merry, lively, cheerful & original in her methods.

The width of her head in the temples, give constructive talent, & she will be ingenious resourceful, prolific in plans, quick at devising ways & means,

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& her active imagination will cause her to be progressive in her tendencies.

She possesses good moral qualities & will be sympathetic, considerate, as well as respectful, specially buoyant & optimistic.

Her head is full

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in the crown, giving stability, sense of moral obligation, independence & ambition. She has great will force & self-sustaining power, which as she grows up, will enable her to maintain her position, & successfully deal with difficulties. She may some-

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times seem a little impatient, but her mind works all in a piece, & she can concentrate her ability & energy upon anything that excites her interest. She combines strong social feelings with intelligence & individuality, & she is very affectionate,

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warm hearted, fond of pets, friendly, & will enjoy or suffer keenly through her strong emotional feelings.

Food is an important matter in the formation of character. She should have milk, eggs, fruit, & quaker oats, or something

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similar to develop the boney structure. Bananas, & apples either stewed or roasted are good. Let her have all the sleep she can get, & keep her away from excitement.

In reference to a vocation, she will be in her element as a lady

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doctor or science teacher. She is a remarkable child, & with suitable management & training her mental qualities will evolve, & she will develop into a capable & superior woman, - earnest, resolute, aspiring, positive, & independent. Her intellectual

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& social powers are so blended that she will be persuasive & magnetic. When her strong qualities are reversed, she will desire to argue the point, & exhibit temper, wilfulness, & sarcasm. She must be treated in a gentle, considerate manner, & her parents should

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appeal to her intelligence, pride, & affection, then she is easily managed.

W. Hatfield.

40 Huntriss Row.


Oct. 1912.

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There are loyal hearts, there are spirits brave,
There are souls that are pure and true !
Then give to the world the best you have
And the best will come back to you.

Give love, and love to your life will flow,
A strength in your utmost need ;
Have faith, and a score of hearts will show
Their faith in your word and deed.

Give truth, and your gifts will be paid in kind,
And honour will honour meet ;
And a smile that is sweet will surely find
A smile that is just as sweet !

Give pity and sorrow to those who mourn,
You will gather in flowers again,
The scattered seeds from your thought outborne,
Though the sowing seemed but vain.

For life is the mirror of king and slave,
'Tis just what we are, and do.
Then give to the world the best you have
And the best will come back to you.

Note: The handwritten script is in italics.

This pamphlet is now in the collection of the Whipple Library, Cambridge.

Many thanks to Dr John Henderson.

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