His eyes were neither drowsy nor remote

Lee Jongho

Senior Member
What does the word "remote" in the sentence "his eyes were not remote" mean?

The complete sentence follows:
And yet–and yet–she knew he loved her. She could not be mistaken about it. Instinct stronger than reason and knowledge born of experience told her that he loved her. Too often she had surprised him when his eyes were neither drowsy nor remote, when he looked at her with a yearning and a sadness which puzzled her.

RmThe source is Gone with the Wind by Magaret Mitchell.
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Remote, in this sense (which could be replaced by distant), implies being distracted, daydreaming, not focusing on anything in particular.
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