Palmistry, like all other sciences, reduces itself to the likeness of a language, and for the study of any language a grammar is the first requisite. In nearly all the books from which I have myself studied during the four or five years I have devoted to the subject, I have found a considerable difficulty in extracting even the primary rules matter introduced into the middle of them. In the older writers, the maxims of Palmistry are mingled with the canons of necromancy, astrology, spiritualism and superstition ; while the more modern writers almost invariably halt in the middle of their axioms to tell stories of their own particular successes, and to describe how wonderfully well they themselves have succeeded in predicting certain events, and describing certain characters. I think it is now no longer necessary to encourage the student by allowing him to perceive to what a great degree of accuracy character-reading and prediction can be carried by those who have well studied the art of Palmistry, as the science has taken its recognized position, and its claims to fulfil its pretensions are no longer disputed.

Grammar of Palmistry