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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


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  • 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