35. There are, of course, what can be called "characteristic experiences" of
pointing to (e.g.) the shape. For example, following the outline with one's
finger or with one's eyes as one points.—But this does not happen in all cases
in which I 'mean the shape', and no more does any other one characteristic
process occur in all these cases.—Besides, even if something of the sort did
recur in all cases, it would still depend on the circumstances—that is, on what
happened before and after the pointing—whether we should say "He pointed to the
shape and not to the colour".
For the words "to point to the shape", "to mean the shape", and so on, are not used in the same way as these: "to point to this book (not to that one), "to point to the chair, not to the table", and so on.—Only think how differently we learn the use of the words "to point to this thing", "to point to that thing", and on the other hand "to point to the colour, not the shape", "to mean the colour", and so on.
To repeat: in certain cases, especially when one points 'to the shape' or 'to the number' there are characteristic experiences and ways of pointing—'characteristic' because they recur often (not always) when shape or number are 'meant'. But do you also know of an experience characteristic of pointing to a piece in a game as a piece in a game?
All the same one can say: "I mean that this piece is called the 'king', not this particular bit of wood I am pointing to". (Recognizing, wishing, remembering, etc..)