speculative gaze

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In a novel set in Middle Ages a wife helps the husband to take off the armour and the tunic. When he "stood in shirt and hose, he waited. His gaze was speculative". They are on their first night and alone. Is it a gaze of desire or a thoughtfull, perplexed gaze?
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  • xqby

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    Well, if they're about to consummate their nuptials then it's probably fair to deduce that his gaze is desireful, yes. But that's relying on... practical knowledge, rather than vocabulary.

    In and of itself, "speculative" would just mean that his look was interested, inquisitive, and perhaps, as you said, thoughtful.
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