Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast trilogy is packed with original metaphor and simile.  In Titus Groan, the first book, I noted two similes for ‘expressionless’, both appropriate, though I think I prefer the second. 

See also his description of a blank stare.

‘Her eyes were as expressionless as mushrooms.’ 

‘… their faces remained as expressionless as powdered slabs.’  


Source: Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan,introduction by Anthony Burgess (London: Vintage Books, 1998), p. 321 and p. 282

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