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STRING FIGURES

Then put the four fingers of the right hand to the left, through the two loops hanging from the left ring and little fingers (Fig. 651), and closing the right fingers on the palm, take these loops off the left hand. Put the left thumb away from you into the two loops hanging from the left middle finger, and withdraw the middle

finger; now put the four fingers of the left hand toward you into these loops, and close the fingers on the palm, withdrawing the thumb. Draw the strings apart The "mouth" can be made to open and shut by rotating the wrist alternately away from you and toward you (Fig. 652).

As I have already pointed out, the arrangement of the string into index and thumb loops, after the Second movement of this figure, differs from the almost

similar arrangement after the opening in the "Bow," in that the two straight horizontal strings in this figure are both near strings, whereas in the "Bow" the upper straight string is the near index string and the lower is the far thumb string. If, after Opening A, you release the little finger loops, you get a similar figure, but the upper straight string is the far index string and the lower is the near thumb string. I do not yet know of an instance in which, in a similar figure, both straight strings are far strings.