heartbreaking in its beauty

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I am reading the novel "The Court of Thorns and Roses" by Sarah J.Maas.

Here is the whole sentence: "Rhysand smiled— heartbreaking in its beauty— and put a hand on his chest."

This Rhysand is a horrible, dangerous, evil, but handsome man.

Now, if I'm not on the wrong track, this "heartbreaking in its beauty" is about his smiling, isn't it? It's like she (the narrator) likes the way he smiles but she is very sad as it is belong to such an evil man.

  • velisarius

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    British English (Sussex)
    Strictly speaking, the phrase isn't correct, because "it" doesn't refer to any previous noun. It isn't a good example of how to write in English.
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