When the woman's personality is in the man's body, and the actor in the part shows this with female reactions and gestures, he looks at his fingernails by holding his hand palm up and bending the fingers toward himself. This is the way a man, not a woman, regards their fingernails, and often appears in fiction as one way by which a man dressed as a woman is caught out. Women study their fingernails by holding a hand palm down and extending the fingers so that they are flat with the rest of the hand.
Hubbard enters his home with a large box, supposedly containing a bear cub. He calls his great Dane, who rushes over to greet him, completely ignoring the box. If a bear had really been in that box, the dog would be all over it. The bear does not come out of the box until the dog is not in the room--obviously, it was not put into the box before then.