Eye Color

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Eye Color

 

See Also: BLACK, BLUE, BROWN, EYE(S), GRAY, GREEN

  1. Black eyes like plum pits —Bernard Malamud
  2. Black eyes turned shiny like the sun —Shirley Ann Grau
  3. Blue eyes like transparent agate marbles, hard and polished and just about indestructible —Sylvia Plath
  4. Blue eyes … round and open like two lakes —Aharon Megged
  5. Blue eyes that sat in his lined face like a piece of sky —Erich Maria Remarque
  6. Brown eyes like quicksand —Diane Ackerman
  7. Eyes … black and burning as coal —Lord Byron

    Byron’s “Black as coal” comparison from Don Juan has been much used, and with many new twists, several of which can be found here. The “Black as coal” comparison has also been linked with many other descriptive references.

  8. Eyes … black as bullets and as fierce —Belva Plain
  9. Eyes … blue and guileless as a doll’s —David Brierley
  10. Eyes … brown and irisless, like those of an old dog —William Faulkner
  11. Eyes … deepened to the color of caramel, like sugar coming to a boil —Louise Erdrich
  12. Eyes faded to a brittle, metallic gray, like chips of slate —James Crumley
  13. Eyes … light, blue, like colorless water reflecting a blue sky —Jessamyn West

    In the short story, The Calla Lily Cleaners & Dyers, from which this is taken, the simile is extended as follows: “And his face being so suntanned they were more like vacancies in his head than eyes.”

  14. Eyes, like bitter chocolate —Margaret Millar

    A more recent example of this simile appeais Ira Wood’s novel The Kitchen Man which is as chockfull of food imagery as a refrigerator after a weekly shopping trip,

  15. Eyes … like black buttons or raisins sunk in dough —Nina Bawden
  16. Eyes … like blue cake-icing —Truman Capote
  17. Eyes like blue-painted glass —Flannery O’Connor
  18. Eyes like chocolate fudge still warm from the pan —Elizabeth Spencer
  19. Eyes like the sky on a misty summer morning —Piers Anthony
  20. Eyes … like those of a rabbit, not frightened, but utterly impenetrable —Graham Masterton
  21. Eyes pale as the moon —Grace Paley
  22. Eyes redder than burning coals —Gustave Flaubert
  23. Eyes so pale they were like openings on the sky —Wright Morris
  24. Eyes the color of water vapor —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  25. Eyes … they didn’t have much color … like, whoever was putting the color into them got a phone call in the middle and just quit —Lee Smith
  26. Eyes … warmly blue as the glint of summer sunshine on an iceberg drifting in Southern seas —O. Henry
  27. Gray eyes … watery like the winter sky —Frank Tuohy
  28. Large, brown eyes like mushroom caps —Helen Hudson

    In her novel, Meyer Meyer, Helen Hudson returns to this simile with another: “Her dull mushroom eyes seemed to have grown smaller, as though they had been sautéed too long.”

  29. Light-blue eyes … like bits of glass —Jean Rhys
  30. Pale eyes like pools of phlegm —Richard S. Prather
  31. Sharp blue eyes, each like a pin —Robert Browning
  32. Small green eyes, like grapes about to burst —Mary McCarthy
  33. Soft brown eyes, like those of a mild-tempered dog —Frank Swinnerton
  34. Toffee-colored eyes like a spaniel’s —T. H. White
  35. Wet blue eyes, like eyes in a clear aspic —Jonathan Valin
References in classic literature ?
His bilious brown eye looked disconcerted, and his bilious green eye followed its example.
A moment, long like eternity, elapsed, and, suddenly, the monster which seemed to take to itself the shape of a mountain shut its green eye without as much as a preparatory wink.
She had lovely green hair and green eyes, and she bowed low before Dorothy as she said, "Follow me and I will show you your room.
All about us I could hear the stealthy movement of great, padded feet, and now and then the wicked gleam of green eyes upon us.
His yel-low green eyes were fastened upon the scrubby jungle at our right.
I don't mind the other things so much--the freckles and the green eyes and my skinniness.
His green eyes flashed fire, he gasped with rage; but he could be seen imposing calm upon himself.
As soon as the Fisherman pulled him out, his green eyes opened wide with surprise, and he cried out in fear:
Big green eyes had been painted upon it, but in the center of the chin were two small holes made in the pasteboard, so that the Chief could see through them with his own tiny eyes; for when the big head was fastened upon his shoulders the eyes in his own natural head were on a level with the false chin.
One side of her was fiery red, with jet-black hair and green eyes and the other side of her was bright yellow, with crimson hair and black eyes.
He was crouched together into the smallest possible compass, his luminous green eyes turned over his shoulder regarding me.
A small man of about thirty, with green eyes and a tangle of fair hair, stood looking down at me.