The Windows of the Soul

  Green dark “The eyes, like sentinels, occupy the highest place in the body.”

   “The face is a picture of the mind with the eyes as its interpreter.”

   “The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.’  Marcus Tullius Cicero

AmberChristina here – the Roman Cicero seems to have had a lot to say about eyes, but I totally agree with him about their importance – they are “the windows of the soul” as someone said, no matter what colour they are. And we might not always notice other people’s eyes in real life, but when it comes to fictional characters, they are crucial, at least for me, especially when describing a hero. Eyes can be shifty, evasive, not looking straight at you when you’re talking to their owner. That’s not good. A hero has to have an honest, direct gaze, and just looking him in the eyes must make the heroine (and thereby also the reader) feel they can trust him and that he's telling the truth.

   “The tongue may hide the truth but the eyes – never!” Mikhail Bulgakov

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Men and the Sea

by Mary Jo

A few days ago, the Mayhem Consultant and I watched a movie we both loved: The Finest HoursDVDFinest Hours.   Based on the book by the same name by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman), it's the true story of an insanely brave Coast Guard rescue that took place in a vicious nor'easter storm that took place off Cape Cod in 1952.  (Released in January 2016, the movie didn't make much impact, but it deserves to be seen.)

The storm was so violent that it broke two tanker ships in half near Cape Cod.  Both were cheaply built WWII vessels that should have been retired after the war, but weren't.  One Coast Guard rescue team went out for the SS Fort Mercer and managed to save a number of the crew.  Then it was discovered that a second tanker, the SS Pendleton, had also broken in half nearby.  The front half of the ship sank immediately, taking the captain, the radios, and most of the officers.

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