Jamie can be a difficult person to read. For some reason, her face is less emotionally expressive than those of the other chimps.
Over the last 8 years, we’ve studied her face intently and gotten to know the subtleties of what little expression she reveals. It’s serious business around here, because Jamie’s mood can make or break your day. And though I can’t tell you what it is exactly that differentiates one seemingly solemn expression from another, there is something noticeably different when she is in a good mood. The seriousness is still there, but it’s like she has temporarily forgotten about all the responsibilities she has as the group’s powerful but insecure leader and the Machiavellian struggles that she engages in with her family and the humans that care for her on a daily basis. It’s the same face, but the weight has been momentarily lifted.
Once and a while, though, she relieves us of the need for such detailed analysis and tells us in no uncertain terms that she is happy.
The face might be serious, but the troll scarf says otherwise.