Vishvesh Obla wrote:
> I am curious about the usage of the word ‘blinding’ in
> the above passage. I see from dictionaries that it is
> occasionally used for referring to anything dazzling
> (and so seems to have a positive connotation), but
> this word has always carried a negative connotation to
The OED (on line) doesn't help very much with either "blinding" (or
"blind") or "dazzling" (or "dazzle"). My first response is to say that
the word takes on a purely positive or purely negative force depending
solely on context -- that is, its force comes from the event/situation
it is applied to. In isolation the word is colorless.
But now I've got a question. The following quotation (probably not quite
accurate) sticks in my mind but I can't remember the exact source (Lear?
Duchess of Malfi?)
Cover her face
Mine eyes dazzle; she died young.