"There are smiles and smiles...."
Charles Halloway is explaining to his son that looks can be deceiving. “Sometimes that man who looks happiest in town, with the biggest smile, is the one carrying the biggest load of sin.” This theme runs all through the Shakespeare play from which this book takes its title -- perhaps the most direct expression of it is the line from Act 1, scene iv, where King Duncan, who is about to be murdered by his trusted lieutenant Macbeth, says of another traitor, “There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face….” But the line “There are smiles and smiles” may remind the reader of another play, in which Prince Hamlet, who has just been told by the ghost of his father that his uncle, King Claudius, murdered the father for his crown and queen, says, “I set it down that one may smile, and smile, and be a villain!”