the Wakefield Doctrine (“…Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?” g.marx…)
‘The Eyes have it’; ‘beware the Eyes of March’; …’when the moon hit your eye like a big pizza pie, thats amore’; ‘you, my brown-eyed girl’; and of course our intro quote: ‘the eyes are the mirror to the soul…’
Mr Ricardo? if you please… (reference: eye,yi,yi…)
Eyes. Our Launching Point today will be Eyes…the eyes of the clark, the scott and the roger. If you study very hard and apply yourself, you will be able to determine the type (of person) you are dealing with entirely on the basis of seeing their eyes. (Gotta love the zen-ish feel to that little phrase, ‘seeing their eyes’).
Anyway, I found a bunch of (famous) quotes about eyes at various websites, (if I haven’t said it yet today…don’t you love the internet?). Some quotes I thought about using, ranging from the fairly familiar:…”(something)drink to me with only thine eyes(something)”; (to) the nearly familiar…”love is blind, friendship closes its eyes”… and (finally) the downright scary “And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.”(ewww!)
O…’kay! Who is ready for today’s lesson in the Wakefield Doctrine?
(Yes? Janie? “No, not right now, roger is preparing his lesson plan, I am the substitute teacher for right now…”)
(“No, it will not take long and yes I am certified to teach this class.”)
The eyes. clark…scott…roger…
Since scotts are very easy to spot and we will be using a vid clip of a scott and a roger interacting, lets start with the eyes of the clark.
As much as a scott is said to be always focused on their immediate surroundings, a clark will always be (at least partially) focused on a place that just is not available to rogers or scotts. There is a ‘depth’ to the look in the eyes (of the clarks); something that at first glance (ha ha) appears to be non-attention, but is, the primary characteristic of clarks. (What?!)
Lets get right to our example…
So, what do you think you saw?
(Now look at this clip with the sound off…) The eyes are very prominent, to the point of being the focal point (ha ha again) of the face. And there seems, at first glance (alright, enough with the puns), to be a peculiar focus in Flo’s eyes. Not the steely gaze of a scott, but there is an element of ‘calculation’ lurking in the back of that friendly face. A sense of ‘I am doing this right now but I have other matters that I must attend to…’.
(Or I am just being too clarklike, and maybe she is just a daffy broad.)
Lets move on to the eyes of the scotts and the rogers…
The easiest (eyes) to ‘detect’ are those of the scotts.
Very simple, very distinctive. The eyes of the scott are clearly focused on their environment, which means the people in the immediate area. They will always be focused on something, on the lookout for threats, searching for prey.
In the following scene from the movie Wolf, we see a scott and a roger (Nicholson and Spader, respectively). The more interesting (of the two characters) to watch is the roger. You know who the scott is, so that leaves the other character as the roger. Look at the scott first. In the scene he stands in one spot, barely moving yet totally concentrating on his prey.
Can you see the look in James (Spader’s characters) eyes change as the scene develops? There is an initial confidence, self-assurance to the eyes of the roger, but watch his expression change when the threat (from the scott) becomes undeniable.
Well I hope you all got something from today’s lesson. Please do not get upset, but my closing music clip is the totally ‘ear worm’ infected White Stripes. (Warning: Unless you are prepared to be humming the bass line from this song all day today, you had best turn the sound off.)
For our international friends:
Slovinanns!!: zavoj zvok ne sveže , nagel!
(Our increasing fan base in France): arrêtez le bruit, vite !
The rest of you?, you are on your own binyons…