Just like finger-prints, everybody’s signature is unique and also, uniquely revealing. For example, the changes in Napoleon’s signature during the course of his life illustrates how signatures and handwriting in general, mirror personality as well as the writer’s reaction to events.
In 1791, when he was a young sub-lieutenant, his signature was clear and legible, strong but not ostentatious. While at the height of his power, his signature was abbreviated but written with forceful strokes and heavy pressure. When his power was disappearing and he was being surrounded by disaster and defeat, Napoleon’s signature became confused.
With the final defeat and exile to St.Helena Island, it dwindled away to a shriveled nothing. While handwriting reflects the genuine attitude of the author, the signature reflects what he wants the world at large, to think of him.
If for example, the signature is smaller than the writing in the text, then the author wishes to be thought more modest and self-effacing than he really is. When signatures and the main text look so different that they could have been written by different people, it can mean that the writer wants to protect himself, and not give too much away.
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