open book

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open book

n
a person or thing without secrecy or concealment that can be easily known or interpreted
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As we sat down to the table, it occurred to me that he liked to look at us, and that our faces were open books to him.
The familiar details came out: the stag's horns, the bookshelves, the looking-glass, the stove with its ventilator, which had long wanted mending, his father's sofa, a large table, on the table an open book, a broken ash tray, a manuscript book with his handwriting.
Next morning when the valet came into the room with his coffee, Pierre was lying asleep on the ottoman with an open book in his hand.
was written as plainly upon Taylor's face as though his features were the printed words upon an open book.
Still she was not astonished when, as she was partaking of a modest dinner late in the afternoon, looking into an open book, stroking the cat, which had made friends with her--she was not greatly astonished to see Robert come in at the tall garden gate.
A learned man in a cynical and torn dress holding an open book in his hand.
Rosa therefore had to press the open book against the grating edgewise, holding above it in her right hand the lamp, but Cornelius hit upon the lucky idea of fixing it to the bars, so as to afford her a little rest.
It was Tars Tarkas, and I could read his thoughts as they were an open book for the undisguised loathing upon his face.
By those who, at Havre, had, with infernal perspicacity, read my heart like an open book.
To him, the trail of the raiders would be as plain as the printed page of an open book to her.
She stretched out her hand, and suddenly closed the open book on my knee, as if the sight of the writing in it were unendurable to her.
The white-headed boy then put an open book, astonishingly dog's-eared upon his knees, and thrusting his hands into his pockets began counting the marbles with which they were filled; displaying in the expression of his face a remarkable capacity of totally abstracting his mind from the spelling on which his eyes were fixed.