Unruly, feathered, and bushy…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s python is the short fat one.

Shall we have another delve into the pages of that rather strange junk shop book Looking at Faces and Remembering Them – A guide to facial identification (1971) by Jacques Penry, facial topographer and inventor of the Penry Facial Identification Technique Photo-Fit? Here’s a nice picture of the cover: (I have always suspected that Jacques might have done a Photo-Fit of his own face to use on his book – I would, if it was my book.)

DSCN3661Today, let’s have a look at page 40 – just one of the seven pages of eyes:

WP F DSCN3811Oh, I love these pages, they are ‘ready-made surrealism’ – they are quite hard to look at don’t you think? You can concentrate on one pair, but you can feel that the others are all still watching you…
Oh, I see that some previous owner of the book has done a bit of correcting of the fig. numbers in pencil. Anyway, let’s see what Jacques has to say about eyes and eyebrows in general:
Since in their swivelling capability, enlargement and shrinkage of the pupil and flexibility of lower muscle rim and upper lid, the eyes are capable of a tremendous range and subtlety of expression – which is reinforced by the eyebrows – they give immediate important physical clues to the person’s reaction to oneself, whether it is welcoming, guarded, challenging, or hostile. No matter how silent the mouth, the eyes may ‘speak’ in a multitude of ways which are described by such expression-words as ‘soft’, ‘hard’, ‘merry’, ‘quizzical’, ‘benevolent’, ‘blazing’, ‘sad’, brooding’, ‘hypnotic’, etcetera. Because they contain and advertise the essence of the personality they have been called ‘the windows of the soul’.

‘So, Constable Thwack, at first you described the accused’s eyes as being ‘merry but blazing’, and now you describe them as being ‘brooding and quizzical’. Come on now Constable Thwack, which is it to be?…’
‘I can’t say for sure My Lord, but I can say that his brows were definitely unruly and quite feathered…’

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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