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#1 GeoKitty

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Posted 01 August 2017 - 07:30 PM

Not sure where to post this, and I tried looking online but was unsuccessful. We are reading the Time Machine aloud. ...

Anyway, at the end of chapter six, the Time Traveler describes the Morlocks as having "lidless" eyes. A couple of paragraphs later, as the Time Traveler is ascending the well, the Morlocks looked at him and "blinked." DD noticed this discrepancy. How can they blink if they don't have eyelids, she asked me. Honestly, I didn't even notice. And I don't know how to answer her. It bothers her, really bothers her.

Does anyone have any insight? Maybe this is an obvious thing.... But I don't know. And if it didn't bother DD so much, I wouldn't really care. Lol. Help?

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Posted 01 August 2017 - 07:39 PM

My answer would be that authors are human and humans can be inadvertently inconsistent.

 

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Posted 01 August 2017 - 07:40 PM

I read it a long time ago - so, my understanding at that time was that their eyes blinked like a light bulb might ( or a bad fluorescent bulb might ).


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#4 GeoKitty

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Posted 01 August 2017 - 08:21 PM

DD is 12.

Eyes blinked like a light bulb..... interesting..... I'll tell her that maybe that's how.....
or the author is human. Lol

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 12:42 PM

Interesting.....we read it this year and I vaguely remember it ......What was the sentence again???....I thought I read it as he is describing them as eyes constantly open, like in shock, he was using the word "lidless" to describe their expression????



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Posted 02 August 2017 - 12:56 PM

Maybe their whole face comes together like if you squint really hard?

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 01:29 PM

Ok, so here are the sentences.....

"You can scarce imagine how nauseatingly inhuman they looked- those pale, chinless faces and great, lidless, pinkish- grey eyes!- as they stared in their blindness and bewilderment."

And then at the end of that paragraph....
"But I had my hands on the climbing bars now, and, kicking violently, I disengaged myself from the clutches of the Morlocks and was speedily clambering up the shaft, while they stayed peering and blinking up at me..."

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 11:32 PM

Yeah, that sounds like good ol' human error. 



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Posted 03 August 2017 - 08:57 PM

I picture it more like a squinching of alien eyes. Lidless but they squeeze together.

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 09:38 PM

I vote for lidless but they squeeze together.

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 09:40 PM

I am picturing something like a cat's inner eye lid, something that slides over the eye from within.


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Posted 07 August 2017 - 09:07 AM

My DD likes the idea of their eyes being like cat's eyes, or snakes' eyes. Otherwise, she still says it make no sense. Lol. Thank you for your insight!

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 09:58 AM

Maybe he meant something like the kind of eye some Asians have, where you can't see the lid when the eye is opened?  There's a cosmetic surgery that I think is especially popular in Korea to make a 'double lid' that you can see when the eye is open.


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