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It was not so much what was positively in that face which remain with him after that first meeting, but all that was not as he had expected; for theirs was an age when the favoured feminine look was the demure, the obedient, the shy. It was not a pretty face. It was not a beautiful face, by any period’s standards or taste. But it was an unforgettable face. There was no artifice there, no hypocrisy, no hysteria, no mask; and above all, no sign of madness. […] All in that face had been sacrificed to the eyes. They could not conceal an intelligence, an independence of spirit; there was also a silent contradiction of any sympathy; a determination to be what she was - The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles

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She looked up then, with and intense earnestness and supplication; with a declaration so unmistakable that words were needless; with a nakedness that may any evasion impossible. He slowly reached out his hands and raised her. Their eyes remained on each other’s, as if they were both hypnotized. She seemed to him —or those wide, those drowning eyes seemed—the most ravishingly beautiful he had ever seen. What lay behind them did not matter. The moment overcome the age. - The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles