Ever since I started reading romance novels I’ve seen statements like, “Her eyes were sad” or “Anger flashed in his eyes” or “Her eyes glittered with mischief.”
After reading about how all of these characters could ‘read’ people’s eyes I took to looking deeply into people’s eyes to see if I could read their emotions or see any glittering going on.
What I found in people’s eyes were black pupils, colored irises and sclera. Not a single emotion to be found. I asked a friend if she could read people’s eyes and she said yes (I thought she was lying, but I didn’t call her on it just in case I was wrong).
I have come to accept that I can’t read people’s eyes. What I can do is read their expressions. It’s not as romantic but when you don’t posses a skill you must improvise.
Are emotions really reflected in the eyes or is that a narrative myth? Let me know your opinion (and if you can read people’s eyes let me know what you see exactly).