A rebel not <looking her way>.

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dhchong

Senior Member
Korean
Hi, Forum Members!

This is from a novel "Last days of the Condor" by James Grady.

In the context, what 'looking her way' means?
I interpreted 'not looking Faye's direction' as 'not looking the location where Faye is staying. And 'looking her way' as 'not following her request'. Is this correct understanding?
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Two minutes early, Faye saw him leave the playground, growing bigger
and more identifi able with each step he took toward the apartment
building. A rebel but still a pro, not looking Faye’s direction— and not
not looking her way.
 
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  • EStjarn

    Senior Member
    Spanish
    Did you notice the double negative "not not", dhchong? I don't think it's a typo.

    I'd understand that Condor (like "a pro") is trying to avoid being obvious about what direction he is looking. His face is turned in one direction, but his eyes may be looking sideways or he could be using his peripheral vision. I would suppose that Faye is at some distance and can't actually see him doing that, but she knows him too well to assume that he would not.

    In other words, Condor gives the impression of not looking in her direction, but in reality he is doing just that.

    I don't think there's any reason to distinguish between "looking in her direction" and "looking her way" here. I believe they mean the same thing in this context, that the latter has been used to avoid repeating the former.
     
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