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“The predominant vegetation types are fynbos and renosterveld, and most of the endemics are geophytes, especially irids in the genera Babiana, Moraea, Romulea, and Lapeirousia.”
“Her friend had quicker vision than herself; and Caroline seemed to think that the secret of her eagle acuteness might be read in her dark grey irids: or rather, perhaps, she only sought guidance by the direction of those discriminating and brilliant spheres.”
“If her forehead shone luminous with the reflex of a halo, I knew in the fire of whose irids that circlet of holy flame had generation.”
“He could escape for a time from his coil of similes and paint for himself the irids of her large, long, grey eyes darkly rimmed; purest water-grey, lucid within the ring, beneath an arch of lashes.”
“It was white with dark oval spots, and lay staring out of wide-open eyes, with canoe-shaped pupils, and great green irids.”
“Very different from those fine hazel irids that were flashing fun and gallantry into hers with every glance.”
“No sooner did I see that his attention was riveted on them, and that I might gaze without being observed, than my eyes were drawn involuntarily to his face; I could not keep their lids under control: they would rise, and the irids would fix on him.”
“I drew them large; I shaped them well: the eyelashes I traced long and sombre; the irids lustrous and large.”
“Paulina's attire -- in fashion close, though faultlessly neat, but in texture clear and white -- made the eye grateful for the delicate life of her complexion, for the soft animation of her countenance, for the tender depth of her eyes, for the brown shadow and bounteous flow of her hair -- darker than that of her Saxon cousin, as were also her eyebrows, her eyelashes, her full irids, and large mobile pupils.”
“But her eyes — I must not forget those remarkable features, for therein her chief attraction lay — in outward aspect at least; — they were long and narrow in shape, the irids black, or very dark brown, the expression various, and ever changing, but always either preternaturally — I had almost said diabolically — wicked, or irresistibly bewitching — often both.”
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