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‘Why, no. I didn’t know you were a chaplain.’ Yossarian stared at him with a big, fascinated grin. ‘I’ve never really seen a chaplain before.’ The chaplain flushed again and gazed down at his hands. He was a slight man of about thirty-two with tan hair and brown diffident eyes. His face was narrow and rather pale. An innocent nest of ancient pimple pricks lay in the
basin of each cheek. Yossarian wanted to help him.
definition may fit in
A circular or oval valley or natural depression on the earth’s surface, especially one containing water:
Does it mean the hollow area(because chaplain was thin, so probably in the face too)at the centre of both cheeks?
Aug 23, 2014 at 9:04
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basin here is used to describe that the surface (of the face) is bit sunken, a bit depressed as you guessed it. The previous sentence in the paragraph supports what we think.
WordWebOnline has an entry for that which I think is close in meaning for this context
basin (#3) - in the surface of the land often with a lake at the bottom of it A natural depression
Aug 23, 2014 at 9:09
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