When she raises her eyelids it’s as if she were taking off her clothes

chicory flower

Eyes like wild chicory flowers

…I studied the bottom of my cup, then I furtively glanced up at Claudine who happened to be looking at me and who murmured very low to her husband, as if she were talking to herself:

“What marvelous eyes Annie’s got, hasn’t she, Renaud dear? Wild chicory flowers, growing out of brown sand…”

“Yes,” agreed Renoud, and added: “When she raises her eyelids it’s as if she were taking off her clothes.”

All four stared at me with a far-away expression. I suffered agonies of shame, coupled with agonies of appalling pleasure, as if my dress had suddenly dropped off.

Marthe was the first to pull herself together and change the conversation.

by Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (28 January 1873 – 3 August 1954)
from Claudine and Annie (1903)
image – Hot Flashes

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2 Responses to “When she raises her eyelids it’s as if she were taking off her clothes”

  1. Juanita Says:

    Goodness – the verbal imagery is breathtaking 🙂

  2. E. A. Able Says:

    She was a phenomenon. I’d love to know more about her.

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