crafty expression

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  1. jacdac

    jacdac Senior Member

    Lebanese
    <....> Her eyes rolled and glittered. Spit drizzled helplessly from the corners of her mouth and she sucked it back. For an instant Gardener saw an expression in Bobbi’s face he didn’t like . . . one that scared him a little. It was an Anne expression. Old and crafty. Then Bobbi’s eyes slipped closed, revealing lids stained the delicate purplish color of total exhaustion.

    Source: The Tommyknockers by Stephen King

    How can one's expression be crafty? (skilled at getting what you want through manipulation, deceipt, and trickery)
    Context: The scene is taking place at Bobbi's place. As Gardner stepped in at his friend's place, she threw herself on him as she fainted from exhaustion. She had not slept for 3 days.

    Here's a further extract whereby the crafty expression resurfaced.
    She’s talking in her sleep, Gardener thought, but he felt a recurrence of the chill. That crafty expression was back in Bobbi’s face. Not on it but in it, as if it had grown under the skin.

    Thank you
     
  2. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    UK
    English - England
    That crafty expression = That expression that indicated that she was being crafty; That expression that indicated that she was thinking crafty thoughts.
     
  3. jacdac

    jacdac Senior Member

    Lebanese
    Thank you. Is the expression verbal (what she said) or body language and behavioural (act/do)?
     
  4. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    UK
    English - England
    What do you think?;)
     
  5. jacdac

    jacdac Senior Member

    Lebanese
    Thank you. Body language in this case.
     

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