with a lengthening face

Ahmed Samir Darwish

Senior Member
In Greenmantle, by John Buchan, Hannay, a British officer, was on a secret mission in Turkey during First World War. Now had trussed Rasta, a Turkish annoying man, and put him in a cupboard.

had scarcely begun my long deferred meal when Sandy entered. He was before his time, and he looked as solemn as a sick owl. I seized on him as a drowning man clutches a spar.

He heard my story of Rasta with a lengthening face.
Does this suggest "surprise"?
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