Webster’s Encyclopedia of Useful Information and World’s Atlas
Published: Chicago Illinois by Ogilvie and Gillett Company 1890
From chapter entitled: Multum in Parvo
Subtitle: Finger Nails As An Indication of Character
“A white mark on the nail bespeaks of misfortune.
Pale or lead-colored nails indicate melancholy people.
Broad nails indicate a gentle, timid, and bashful nature.
Lovers of knowledge and liberal sentiments have round nails.
People with narrow nails are ambitious and quarrelsome.
Small nails indicate littleness of mind, obstinacy and conceit.
Choleric, martial men, delighting in war, have red and spotted nails.
Nails growing into the flesh at the points or sides indicate luxurious tastes.
People with very pale nails are subject to much infirmity of the flesh and persecution by neighbors and friends.”
The next chapter, “How to be Handsome.”