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    Question lashes sweep her cheeks

    Hello. I've read this sentence in a book :

    "She blinked, surprised, and her lashes swept her cheeks."

    I can't follow the underlined part. How can lashes sweep one's cheeks?

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    Re: lashes sweep her cheeks

    Quote Originally Posted by frindle View Post
    Hello. I've read this sentence in a book :

    "She blinked, surprised, and her lashes swept her cheeks."

    I can't follow the underlined part. How can lashes sweep one's cheeks?
    In a normal human, they can't.
    I would assume she is an animal, an alien, or a heroine in a romantic novel.

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    Re: lashes sweep her cheeks

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    In a normal human, they can't.
    I would assume she is an animal, an alien, or a heroine in a romantic novel.
    She is a normal human.
    (In the novel, she said that to an unexpected complement to her appearance.)
    By the way, if she were a heroine in a romantic novel, in that case, what could the underlined part mean?

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    Re: lashes sweep her cheeks

    Quote Originally Posted by frindle View Post
    She is a normal human.
    (In the novel, she said that to an unexpected complement to her appearance.)
    By the way, if she were a heroine in a romantic novel, in that case, what could the underlined part mean?
    Cheap romantic novels often use language which doesn't make complete sense if you think too much about it. Maybe the woman is wearing false eyelashes which, when she opens her eyes wide, do touch her cheeks. This is the only possible meaning. Maybe some female forum members can give an opinion about the possibilities of eyelash enhancements.


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    Re: lashes sweep her cheeks

    It could be a hyperbole (exaggeration) about the length of her eyelashes, and we are meant merely to understand that she has uncommonly long eyelashes. She could be wearing eyelash extensions... perhaps an exotic fantasy style that flair out to the sides.

    http://www.kamdebo-on-vaal.co.za/images/lee_1.jpg
    http://everythingandnothing.typepad....zontal_pic.jpg
    http://www.worldofstock.com/slides/PAB3325.jpg
    http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/thumb_2...3046p06QFc.jpg

    Most Western women do not get anything this extreme unless they are fashion models. Those who get moderate eyelash extensions or have long lashes consider it fashionable to curl the lashes up so that they will be more visible from a distance, which also decreases the likelihood of their being able to touch the cheek. In another culture, they may have a different style or ideal of beauty. Long lashes which droop down will come closest to touching the cheeks when the eyes are closed, not opened wide.

    Otherwise, the observer in the story (or the writer) may be delusional. It does sound like the romance language of dime novels.

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