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eeky

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Hi,

1. するとミニチュアは欠伸をし、体を丸めて眼を閉じた。

眼 has furigana め.

Why is 眼 used instead of 目?

2. I know I have asked before about そんでもって = それでもって and established that it is an emphasised form of それで, but I can't remember now what the もって part is (e.g. is it 以って, 持って, も (particle) + って (quoting), or whatever).
 

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眼 and 目 are the same and interchangeable when used as "eye". Thus, that's the writer's preference, as is often the case.

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The first one.
 

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If there is no difference in meaning or nuance, doesn't it seem odd for a writer to write 目 mostly, and then in one place for no reason write 眼? I think when I asked a similar question about "spelling" difference once before the answer was "no", but I still find this hard to adjust to. In English, even though there may be variant spellings for a word, it would be expected that an author would be internally consistent, at least within one work.
 

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Funnily enough, there is an example of 目 in the question I have just posted at いられない | Japan Forum

Unfortunately I don't have the book in electronically searchable form, so it is hard for me to quickly find other examples of 目 or 眼. However, I think 90% of the time that eyes are mentioned the character used is 目, and then an occasional 眼 will pop up.

Also, I wanted to ask you ... in the case of, say, 気持ち/気持, or 振り返る/振返る, or any of numerous other variants where kana is included or omitted, would you agree that these are analogous to spelling variations in English? But does 目(め) versus 眼(め) seem like a "spelling" variation to you, or does it seem more like a different word that means the same thing?
 

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Unlike ドラゴン vs 龍/竜 in a previous post, all those examples you mentioned seem to be variations in writing of the same word to me. 眼 and 目 can be different in meanings/usages (e.g. in set phrases), but I don't see any difference between your two examples.
 
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