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Count the house

Posted by DO on May 02, 2008 at 20:24:

Does anyone know the meaning of the phrase "count the house"? I can't find any examples online where someone uses this phrase, but I have heard people say it. The closest example I can find online is in J.D. Salinger's short story "For Esme, with Love and Squalor," when he writes, "She stared back at me, with those house-counting eyes of hers, then, abruptly, gave me a small, qualified smile." This doesn't give much insight into the meaning. Can someone help me out here?