The art of sound pictures (1930)

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FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS 139 as these irresistible forces of nature are moving in a favorable direction. b. Gene Tunney, after being knocked down by Demp- sey for fourteen seconds in the Chicago fight, boxes the round out with consummate defensive skill. Tunney “gets on his bicycle,” runs backward and away from Dempsey, sidestepping him cleverly and never allowing Dempsey to get within a knockout distance of his body and chin. This action on Tun- ney’s part is not to be interpreted as expressing fear or cowardice, but rather compliant skill in the prize- fighting game under conditions in which his oppo- nent is temporarily stronger than he. c. Stepping off a railroad track when a train approaches. d. Withdrawing the hand from a hot dish. e. A small boy crossing the street to avoid a crowd of bigger boys who are accustomed to tease him, and walking up the other side without appearing to hear their insults. /. A man, who has been accustomed to cross the river on the ice, walking a mile upstream to cross a bridge after a spring thaw, when he thinks the ice has be- come thin. g. A swimmer who has been caught by an outgoing current ceasing to swim against the current and swimming with it or across it until he is free from its power. II. Physiological Expressions a. General adjustment of the muscular tensions and gross movement of the body in such a way as not to conflict with harmful influences of the environ- ment. b. Relaxation of any of the tonic muscles of the body which are opposed to some threatening object. c. Contraction of the anti-tonic muscles as necessary to withdraw any part of the body from the opposing object. d. Relaxation of the grip, especially of the hand most frequently used.