Once Upon a River Symbols & Objects

Diane Setterfield
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Eyes

Eyes are symbolic of the intake and processing of knowledge. Bess’s lazy eye is a literal example of this. Her vision is augmented by its ability to intake information that is not physically visible. Furthermore, other characters’ eyes, like Mrs. Constantine’s, seem to have the same effect without this explicit gift. The ability to see goes beyond the physical and into the emotional. Sensing a hidden truth exposes the one being viewed and leaves them vulnerable, unable to hide themselves behind carefully crafted pretenses. This is true for Rita when she senses that Helena allows her grief and hope to keep her from seeing, physically and figuratively, the truth about the girl. In this case, eyes also inhibit the processing of information. Armstrong also betrays his eyes when it comes to Robin, wanting to believe the contrary to what he sees and knows. The...

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