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Her delicate beauty acquired to his eye the serious cast of certain blank-browed Greek statues; and sometimes when his imagination, more than his ear, detected a vague tremor in the tone in which she attempted to make a friendly question seem to have behind it none of the hollow resonance of absent-mindedness, his marvelling eyes gave her an answer more eloquent, though much less to the point, than the one she demanded.
Madame De Mauves Henry James 1879
jerzy commented on the word blank-browed
Any idea of what blank-browed might mean in this John Updike sentence:
What is it, this human contact, this blank-browed thing we do for one another?
August 15, 2011