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    Study gestures

    Hello,

    Can anbody tell me what the character was doing? Was he really studying his own movements of hands? I can understand if one studies gestures of someone else but to study one´s own gestures seems really eccentric to me.

    In fact, after a while, the crowd, and the rumor, and stirring of troops as they fell into position, evidently wrought on him to a remarkable degree. He began to talk loud and rather haughtily, to study his gestures; there was infinite superiority and disdain in the looks he cast on the people. He attracted the attention and, I thought, the derision of those close to us, and I became rather ashamed and impatient of those ridiculous airs. Yet I could not help feeling sorry for him. The poor creature evidently suffered from megalomania—that was the only way to account for his pretentious notions of his own importance, seeing that he was just a needy little clerk out of work.—

    Master Of Fallen Years, Vincent O´Sullivan, 1921

    Thanks a lot.
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    Re: Study gestures

    It's hard to say. I can see how you can study somebody else's gestures, but I don't see how you can study your own.

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    Re: Study gestures

    Well, you could look in a mirror to practice or study your own gestures, but that's not what's happening here.

    However, I think that 'study' here is being used to mean something like 'tailor' , 'refine', 'consider' or 'practice'.

    Here are a few less common definitions of 'study':

    archaic
    make an effort to achieve (a result) or take into account (a person or their wishes).
    "with no husband to study, housekeeping is mere play"

    3. : plot, design



    These also could work in this context.

    24. to endeavor to learn or memorize, as a part in a play.

    25. to consider, as something to be achieved or devised.

    26. to think out, as the result of careful consideration or devising.
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    Re: Study gestures

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnyxxx View Post
    In fact, after a while, the crowd, and the rumor, and stirring of troops as they fell into position, evidently wrought on him to a remarkable degree. He began to talk loud and rather haughtily, to study his gestures; there was infinite superiority and disdain in the looks he cast on the people. He attracted the attention and, I thought, the derision of those close to us, and I became rather ashamed and impatient of those ridiculous airs. Yet I could not help feeling sorry for him. The poor creature evidently suffered from megalomania—that was the only way to account for his pretentious notions of his own importance, seeing that he was just a needy little clerk out of work.—
    I think the meaning of "study" is intended to be "artificially control".

    "As I crossed the room to ask the beautiful woman to dance, I effected a studied nonchalance, so as to conceal my state of near panic".

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