Blindness is a 'privative', to be blind is to be in a state of privation, but is not a 'privative'.
There is the same type of antithesis in both cases; for just as blindness is opposed to sight, so is being blind opposed to having sight.
Similarly blindness is not said to be blindness of sight, but rather, privation of sight.
And if I could have mine," retorted the Heathen in His Blindness
, bitterly malevolent but oleaginuously suave, "I'd fan all yours out of the universe.
Occasionally they left the heathen in his blindness
bowing down to wood and stone, not for long, but just to give themselves (and him) time enough to breathe, and then the Burches told strange, beautiful, marvelous things.
she said to herself, as she watched him go, but she said it so softly that even Old Kinoos did not hear, and his ears were over keen, what of his blindness.
He still breathed the air, which bit his lungs with a painful sweetness; and dimly he saw and heard, with passing spells of blindness and deafness, the flashes of sight and sound again wherein he saw the hunters of Ivan falling to their deaths, and his own brothers fringing the carnage and filling the air with the tumult of their cries and weapons, and, far above, the women and children loosing the great rocks that leaped like things alive and thundered down.
before which, in infinite distress, but mutely possessed of the little girl and clearly convinced, in spite of her blindness
, that something awful had occurred and some collapse engulfed us, she retreated, by the way we had come, as fast as she could move.
Squalling was the word for it; Pew's anger rose so high at these objections till at last, his passion completely taking the upper hand, he struck at them right and left in his blindness
and his stick sounded heavily on more than one.
The inattention of the two brothers and the aunt to Julia's discomposure, and their blindness
to its true cause, must be imputed to the fullness of their own minds.
But in the days I write of I had no conception of this, and I am sure that my blindness
to so plain a fact kept me even from seeking and knowing the highest beauty in the things I worshipped.
I have been astonished at the blindness
of her mother in never seeing it.
Blindness intensified the expression of bitterness and sorrow in that grand face of his; the dead eyes were lighted up, as it were, by a thought within that broke forth like a burning flame, lit by one sole insatiable desire, written large in vigorous characters upon an arching brow scored across with as many lines as an old stone wall.
My ideas, no doubt, were passing through his mind, for all processes of thought- communications are far more swift, I think, in blind people, because their blindness compels them to concentrate their attention.
The blunders, the blindness
of her own head and heart