Traditionally, the eyes are known as the window to your soul meaning that whatever lies within a persons heart, whether it be light or darkness will show through their eyes. In the Bible (KJV), Matthew 6: 22-23 states, The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness (Bible Gateway). Mrs. Turpins visualizations begin immediately upon entering the doctors office. As she looks around her little bright, black eyes took in all the patients (179). OConnor shows us right from the beginning that Mrs. Turpin is not as righteous as she thinks she is. She immediately cast her judgement on the people in the waiting room determining if they are agreeable or not. Deciding that there was one pleasant woman in the room, Mrs. Turpin strikes a conversation regarding the pathetic state of the others in the room. They exchanged a look indicating they both understood that you had to have certain things before you could know certain things (183). The pleasant womans daughter, Mary Grace, becomes more agitated over time listening to Mrs. Turpin speak.
It is obvious that Mary Grace does not share the same attitude regarding other people as Mrs. Turpin and her mother. Because of this, Mrs. Turpin had a hard time judging the ugly girl, Mary Grace, beyond her outward appearance. Mary Grace, described as having a peculiar light (182) in her eye, sees right through Mrs. Turpins hypocrisy and uses her smoldering gaze to condemn it. As Mrs. Turpins prejudice to the world continues to spew from her mouth, Mary Graces eyes were fixed like two drills on Mrs. Turpin (185). There was no mistaking the urgency behind Mary Graces eyes, but Mrs. Turpin ignores the glare and blurts out a prayer despite all the hypocrisy she has displayed in the doctors office.
Upon hearing the Prayer, Mary Grace, who could no longer hold in her discontent with Mrs. Turpin, hurls the book across the room at Mrs. Turpin and the book struck her directly over her left eye (186). Mrs. Turpin, now with an impaired eye, was locked onto the girl on the floor who had just attacked her. Mary Graces eyes had stopped rolling and focused on Mrs. Turpin long enough for Mrs. Turpin to noticed her eyes seemed much lighter blue than before, as if a door that had been tightly closed behind them was now open to admit light and air (187).