Found this little gem in Joseph Le Doux’s, “The Emotional Brain” –
…in western cultures, there is a grief hierarchy at funerals. As Mark
Twain said, “the blood relation sobs, an intimate friend should choke
up, a distant acquaintance should sigh, a stranger should merely
fumble sympathetically with his handkerchief” According to Ekman, if
the secretary looks sadder than the wife, suspicions may be aroused…
Not really relevant, but it is something I’d never really thought about
before, so thought I’d share it.