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Beauty ought to look a little surprised: it is the emotion that best suits her face. The beauty who does not look surprised, who accepts her position as her due—she reminds us too much of a prima donna.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)
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Is there a touch of surprise in the smile of the Mona Lisa?
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Beauty cannot look a little surprised too often and for too long, cause then it would be a hypocrisy... "Prima donna" is the best move in given circumstances.
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I have seen warm freezer. The photo below depicts refrigerator with attached freezer, both pink.


Freezer was not pink Drool And there were no refrigerator, though. Think

Rum und d ... Drool
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Context from : Aspects of the Novel By E. M. Forster -

CHAPTER V
THE PLOT


......And over it, as it unfolds, will hover the memory of the reader (that dull glow of the mind of which intelligence is the bright advancing edge) and will constantly rearrange and reconsider, seeing new clues, new chains of cause and effect, and the final
sense (if the plot has been a fine one) will not be of clues or chains, but of something aesthetically compact, something which might have been shown by the novelist straight away, only if he had shown it straight away it would never have become beautiful.
We come up against beauty here for the first time in our enquiry: beauty at which a novelist should never aim, though he fails if he
does not achieve it. I will conduct beauty to her proper place later on. Meanwhile please accept her as part of a completed plot. She looks a little surprised at being there, but beauty ought to look a little surprised: it is the emotion that best suits her face, as Botticelli knew when he painted her risen from the waves, between the winds and the flowers. The beauty who does not look surprised, who accepts her position as her due—she reminds us too much of a prima donna.

http://www.ibu.edu.ba/assets/userfiles/ell/Aspects%20of%20the%20Novel.pdf
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Here the beauty Foster is talking about: Does "the beauty" look a little surprised???


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My Primadonna is as good as anticipated Drool
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"Beauty ought to look a little surprised: it is the emotion that best suits her face. The beauty who does not look surprised, who accepts her position as her due—she reminds us too much of a prima donna."

If you may allow me to interpret this:

"[...] ought to look a little surprised: it is the emotion that best suits her face" --> It is not the outside, her beautiful face, that suits her the most, but the beauty of a woman lies within. Here: the emotion which is transferred on the viewer, not the nice contours.

"she reminds us too much of a prima donna." --> A prima donna is a diva: someone who acts like they are the star of the show. If you tirelessly dominate the conversation and always interrupt when other people are talking, people will think you're a prima donna.
It is a term that comes from the Opera, and literally means first woman, in Italian. Because the ladies that starred in operas were often egotistical, demanding, and flamboyant, the term prima donna came to mean anyone who acted as if they were a world-famous talent. The term is not an insult if you're talking about an actual opera star, but if anyone else is called a prima donna, it means they're terribly vain.
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Or Beauty should look a little content.
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