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    Hatchy expression

    Hi,

    Can anybody tell me what the author means by a hatchy expression?


    That it was mania Mr Spilman never doubted. His crony, upon arrival, had collapsed on a divan. Ronald, bringing whisky, had noticed a queer, ‘hatchy’ expression about his eyes. ‘Well, Amos, I’m dashed sorry you’re no better. Was business bad, or what?’

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    Re: Hatchy expression

    It's a mystery to me.
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    Re: Hatchy expression

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's a mystery to me.
    I thought the author could liken the expression of the character´s eyes to that of a newly born (hatched) chicken (that is surprised and confused). But if I come to think about it my assumption sounds really far-fetched.
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    Re: Hatchy expression

    I think it could either be a reference to a 'hatch' (a type of half-door), in which case it means his eyes were only half-open.

    Alternately, to 'hatch' in art is to make fine, narrow, closely spaced lines, usually to represent shading or shadows, so it could mean his eyes had a shady expression.

    We sometimes refer to somebody as having a shady look meaning they're suspicious looking or up to no good.

    I suspect the second possibility is the more likely in this context.
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