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[94] But when three fingers are doubled under the thumb, the finger, which Cicero1 says that Crassus used to such effect, is extended. It is used in denunciation and in indication (whence its name of index finger), while if it be slightly dropped after the hand has been raised toward the shoulder, it signifies affirmation, and if pointed as it were face downwards toward the ground, it expresses insistence. It is sometimes also used to indicate number.

1 de Or. II. xlv. 188.

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