You can probably detect that this analysis was done by someone who knew Richard pretty well. For instance, someone who knew Richard's favorite poet at the time, and his interest in the Grail legends. The analyst is me--I began studying handwriting analysis as a child. The upshot of this particular analysis is--Richard's major means of revealing his personal feelings was through his songs. They were perhaps the only outlet he had for his deepest emotions. If you wanted to know how or what Richard was feeling, you let him take you to the nearest piano. The heart he showed in his songs was the true one: he was no hypocrite, no superficial manipulator of emotions just because he could. The things he couldn't say to your face were the things he would sing. He was nineteen years old when he wrote this sample, and younger when he wrote the song. His search for the love of God had begun in earnest long before he ever heard of Brennan Manning.
Of course, an analysis is only as good as the analyst. I submitted this sample and the analysis I produced to a professional, Sandra Fisher, and her remarks follow:
"I found your analysis of the situation very detailed and insightful. How very complex it is. And what a very complex man he must have been."
I will be posting excerpts from Sandra's own analysis here on my blog in the near future.