I'm trying to understand a passage from White Light Nights by O. O. McIntyre :

Here an old woman, with chrome-colored face and the enduring eyes of the beaten.

What does 'enduring eyes' really mean? Does that imply that they stay in mind, or they are vigorous, or sad?

  • Where's the quote from? Giving a wider context will allow a better interpretation. Commented Apr 29 at 8:26
  • It's from white light nights from O. O. McIntyre
    – user502460
    Commented Apr 29 at 8:28
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    This is more like literary interpretation than English language and usage. We know what "enduring" means but not how to apply it. I'd guess it means that the eyes belong to a person who has endured (lived through and survived) suffering, maybe an example of the figure of speech hypallage.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Apr 29 at 8:59
  • It could just be that the lady has a fixed, downcast expression, devoid of life. Commented Apr 29 at 18:49
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    Literature may be a better place to ask about phrases like this.
    – Barmar
    Commented Apr 29 at 19:22


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