If the upper part of the thumb is wide and the lower thin, it denotes troubles in life. If the upper part is thin and the lower wide, the subject is quarrelsome. If the second part of the thumb is full, it denotes a widely travelled person. If the big toe of the feet of a woman is red, she is not held in esteem by her husband. If the thumb of a woman is somewhat round in shape, she is the wife of a rich person. If her big toe is round in shape she is constant in her affections.
Sometimes a wasp shaped phalange is seen. It is a sign of a brilliantly intellectual and tactful person, quick, sharp, and deep. This subject does everything in a diplomatic way, and knows how to approach people in the right manner, and to gain his ends by suitable means.
When the second phalange is long and the first one short, it is a sign of a good conversationalist as well as a thinker with excellent reasoning ability. He is, however, incapable of realizing his ideals. If the second phalange is short and the first long, a person who acts without proper forethought is denoted.
Mr. Noel Jaquin says: "Mounts are muscular pads. The student must be careful to observe their correct positions, which should be beneath each finger. These mounts bear a design similar in type to the finger tips, and it is only possible to observe their exact position by noting the position of the apex, which is the core of centre of the ridge pattern. The finger tips all bear apexes; all the skin's ridges running in a definite pattern to a central point, which may be of circular formation or triangular, and the mounts of the hand bear the same type of marking. Therefore, if any of these apexes on the mounts of the hand are misplaced it indicates that the influence of the misplaced mount is weakened or overshadowed, by the indications of the mount to which the misplacement is drawn."
This indicates what a mount is, and its strength or otherwise should be judged by its height, flatness, or thickness. High and prominent mounts are strong; flat, ordinary mounts with a marked depression are weak,
Now a word about what these mounts show in the hand.
Mrs, Katharine St. Hill, an authority on the subject, writes: 'The mounts represent the senses, the natural impulses and emotions present in the character of a person; and the force and intellectual quality of the ideas must be gathered from the head line and tne method of forcing and carrying them out from the finger" (Book of the Hand).
She compares the fingers to a machine, head and heart lines to an engine, more or less perfect, according to the way in which it is made, and the mounts to the forces of fire or electricity, i.e., the motive force behind the machine. When the forces are too strong, they wreck the machine and engine. The senses get too strong for the intellect to govern and ruin fate, when mounts on the hand are high, the lines poor, and the fingers weak. Character, in short, depends on the strength of the mounts, head and heart lines and the thumb. Mounts, in otl^er words, represent the senses, passions and feelings, the natural likes and dislikes of the subject. Strong mounts without wilt-power and commonsense obstruct the success of a person, and it is useless to expect any good work from him. It has been seen that people possessed of an excellent head line and a good Mercury finger have failed to achieve anything in the world, because of the presence of over-developed emotions of various kinds in their character. As a matter of fact, they are passive by nature, arid they have become mere dreamers, wasting energy in the gratification of the senses. When the mounts are hard, fairly prominent and flat, good work can be expected; when weak, a kind of depression will be noticed, When the mounts dominate the head and heart lines, the emotions interfere with the intellect and affectionate disposition of the individual, and evil consequences follow. They should not encroach upon the centre of the hand, for this points to the presence of more harmful qualities.