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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Thursday Thoughts - Windows to the Soul

The eyes are often said to be the windows of the soul, which means when a character is described in a book, the eyes will be a significant predictor of the person's personality - or of the scene itself.

Eyes can be so black one cannot read them; or so wide, they depict innocence. They can be narrowed in suspicion, flitting as if nervous, unblinking as if trying to read another's soul.

On a driver's license, eye colors are divided into four categories: brown, hazel, blue and green. But in reality, brown eyes can be mahogany, chestnut, amber, honey, russet, chocolate, or even tan.

Hazel eyes have flecks of green and gold. They can appear to change colors, based on the character's surroundings, and appear more blue or green or brown... These eyes also change colors depending on emotion, especially depicting passion or fear...

Green eyes can be emerald or peridot, olive or bottle green... Sea green or jade...

Blue eyes can be periwinkle or cobalt, sapphire or cerulean, indigo or even purple. Both green eyes and blue can be deep or pale.

Eyes and eyebrows can depict emotion: narrowed in suspicion, furrowed or flashing in anger, widened in fear or apprehension. They can blink rapidly, wander endlessly, or stare unblinking.

Eyebrows can be heavy or thin, pale or dark, drawing the eye upward or seeming not to appear at all.

Lines around the eyes can depict laughter and a good nature or evil or worry.

Lashes can be pale or dark, thick or thin, silky or coarse.


4 comments:

onespoiledcat said...

I "trust" eyes....in my mind they ARE windows to the soul. "The eyes have it"....although I know that's not the REAL saying, it always goes through my mind when I "read" someone's eyes.

Pam

p.m.terrell said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Pam! I agree with you. The eyes truly ARE the Windows to the soul.

Claire Fullerton said...

Thank you for your keen eye and attention to detail. Always so nice to read anything from you!

p. m. terrell said...

Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment, Claire! I love the way you describe characters in your books. I'm a big fan of your writing!