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Topic: Square eyes

From: Kelly Marsh
Location: Everett, WA
Date: 11/06/2009

Hey Greg,

Again, I don't mean to nit-pick, but I have to wonder about your description of eyes being "square." I think I know what you mean, from the context, but am not really sure.

I'm reminded of the old, bad joke, in which the punchline is something like "No, pie are round; cornbread are square."

I can almost assume that when you refer to eyes as being "square," you are talking about a frank, direct gaze. But, it seems that sometimes when you describe eyes this way, they are not even looking at anyone.

So, by this, do you mean a steady, unflinching stare, or something else entirely? I have never before encountered this term in conversation or literature, at least in the way you use it.

Re: Square eyes

From: Greg Bear
Date: 11/12/2009

Ah, English! No eyes are actually round, either. Only eyeballs, and not mine... nearsighted, you know.

Re: Square eyes

From: Kelly Marsh
Location: E
Date: 11/16/2009

Ah, neatly dodged. It was, however, a serious question, and I am genuinely curious, so I would really appreciate it if you would find the time to give a serious answer?

Re: Square eyes

From: Greg Bear
Date: 11/23/2009

Lids and facial muscles shape the way eyes appear, and few are just oval or almond. Some are nearly round, with pupils almost revealed--others are draped with epicanthic and other folds, sometimes from an excess of upper eyelid, which gives them a more square appearance. Take a look at Lauren Bacall--especially when she smiles--if you want something approximating the shrewd, appraising look I call "square eyes." Cats manage it, too.

Re: Square eyes

From: Andrew Carpenter
Location: France
Date: 01/01/2010

My 1st cousin Nancy Kwan looks way more eurasian now than she did during her "Suzie Wong" period..This is at a time when she is holding on to her chinese roots,despite looking more European in every photo. Ray Stark highlighted her eyes for that movie, and my Dad was the HK Policeman directing William Holden away from the squatter huts. Her Mother Marie had an Argentinian ethnic Father, but the eyefolds are still there..Having said that, I have them too , but I don't have a single oriental gene in my body.



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