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The meaning and origin of the expression: A countenance more in sorrow than in anger

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What's the meaning of the phrase 'A countenance more in sorrow than in anger'?

Literal meaning - a person or thing that is viewed more with sadness than with anger.

What's the origin of the phrase 'A countenance more in sorrow than in anger'?

Cobbe family portrait of William ShakespeareFrom Shakespeare's Hamlet, 1602. Horatio describes to Hamlet the appearance of his father's ghost:

Hamlet: What, look'd he frowningly?
Horatio: A countenance more in sorrow than in anger.

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