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Facial Expressions, Blank



  1. Anonymous, like the faces one sees in a football crowd —Robert Traver
  2. (Her face went as) blank as a chalkboard —Jonathan Valin
  3. (The child’s expression was) blank, as if her hair was drawn back and fastened so tightly that her facial muscles couldn’t function —Margaret Millar
  4. Countenance … like a still, dark day, equally beamless and breezeless —Charlotte Brontë
  5. Empty look … like an actor without a part —John Le Carré
  6. Expressionless as a smoked herring —Anon
  7. Expressionless … like a portrait of a great beauty by a not very great painter who had caught all the listed features, but not the living stir of loveliness —Elizabeth Taylor
  8. Face … cold and motionless, as of a man who is asleep —Mikhail P. Arzybashev
  9. Face … as blank as a target after a militia shooting-match —Mark Twain
  10. Face … as inanimate as a mask —Ellen Glasgow
  11. Face as inscrutable as that of a snapping turtle —Arthur Train
  12. A face as vacant as an untenanted house —Marcel Proust
  13. Face, empty like that of a doll —Franz Werfel
  14. Face had all the warmth, personality and individualism of an amoeba —Robert J. Serling
  15. Face like a marble mask in which the lips were too rigid for speech —Edith Wharton
  16. Face like one of those Easter Island stone carvings —Len Deighton
  17. Face … locked like a vault —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  18. Face set in a fixed expression of friendly interest like a mask pulled over her skull —Frank Conroy
  19. Face set into a stiff mask, like that of an acroterian —John Fowles
  20. Faces that were as closed, as mysterious, and as mute as the faces of the dead who are possessed of a knowledge beyond the comprehension of the living —Joseph Conrad
  21. Hardly ever smiling, with no cracks showing so no one could look in … like an empty plate —Helen Hudson
  22. Hopelessly blank, like the face of a blind man —Joseph Conrad
  23. It [face] was blank, as though she no longer dwelt within her own skull, as though she had gone elsewhere —Margaret Laurence
  24. His face was empty and impassive, shut tight as a graveyard gate —Nicholas Proffitt
  25. Staring blankly ahead like a man with a fever —Mark Helprin
  26. Wooden-faced as a cigar-store Indian —Raymond Chandler

    This typifies the simile that outlives the relevancy of the comparison.

Similes Dictionary, 1st Edition. © 1988 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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