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When someone is reciting something from memory (or singing something from memory, as in a recital), they quite often assume a certain posture: Standing erect, they clasp the fingers of each hand together. See photo for example. (Photo comes from a comic parody of the Major-General Song.) Apparently there is sound reason for this posture; pulling on one's arms thusly expands the chest cavity, allowing for more lung capacity and thus volume. Perhaps a Discredited Trope, as it was probably done a lot more in the 19th century than today.
Examples of Recitation Handclasp include:


Film

Live Action TV

Web Original

  • Done in A Very Model Halloween, as mentioned above. Doubtless a parody on the above-mentioned womens' chorus pose from the film.

Western Animation

  • Giovanni Jones (the fat opera singer) assumes this posture in the Looney Tunes short, "Long Haired Hare."
  • In the Family Guy episode, "Model Misbehavior", Peter (all four of him) takes this position when reminiscing about the time he was a member of the singing group, "the Four Peters" (basically humming "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" by Mozart).
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