all-demanding eyes


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"Parker sped on, then stopped. His heart appeared to cut off; there was absolute silence. It said as plainly as if silence were a language itself, GO BACK. Parker returned to the picture – the haloed head of a flat stern Byzantine Christ with all-demanding eyes. He sat there trembling; his heart began slowly to beat again as if it were being brought to life by a subtle power."

Parker's Back by Flannery O'Connor

What does all-demanding in this context mean?

Please help. Thank you.
  • Franco-filly

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    English - Southern England
    I imagine the eyes as give the impression that Christ, in the picture, is pleading with you, maybe imploring you to repent / be sympathetic towards your neighbour, etc. :rolleyes:
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