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Defeat and Defiance: Two Faces

Posted by Richard Conniff on November 27, 2013

I have been writing, off and on, for a while now, about the incredible ability of facial expressions to reveal our inner emotions.  So this photo from today’s (UK) Telegraph caught my eye.

The photo’s not dated, so I don’t know if it was taken in the wake of revelations about Nigella Lawson’s alleged cocaine use.  (The allegations–fair warning–come from her estranged husband Charles Saatchi, who called her “Higella.”  Clever boy.) It appears to have been taken Monday.

What interests me is the defeated angle of her head, the fear in her eyes, and the wary, anticipatory way her lips drop open.  That, and the glowering, untouchable defiance of the 19-year-old daughter:

Nigella Lawson and her daughter Cosima. (Photo: Wenn)

Nigella Lawson and her daughter Cosima. (Photo: Wenn)

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