Out of countenance


Senior Member
Catalan & Spanish
I am currently translating a travel journal by M. Eyre, a Victorian lady from the late 19th cent.

I do not understand the meaning of "out of countenance" in the following excerpt, where she talks about how some people reacted on seeing her when she went into a bakery:

There could hardly have been greater excitement if the hippopotamus from the Regent's Park Zoological Gardens had walked in and seated himself in a chair to eat, and repose himself. A second mob collected round the open door; they put their heads within it, and stared me out of countenance.

Thanks in advance for your kind help :thumbsup:
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    She couldn't maintain her composure; her countenance (= face) changed; she had to look embarrassed, flustered, puzzled or some such, because of the reaction to her.
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