É o mesmo que rosto enrugado? Segue, abaixo, o contexto:
'Why haven't you told anybody this story before now?' Van Helsing asked, when he finished. 'It is unbelievable.'
'Oh, professor,' saind Mina, looking at her husband's pale, lined face and greying hair. 'He's been very ill. It was weeks before he could even tell me the story.' - Trecho de uma versão do livro Dracula, de Bram Stoker.
Aproveitando o gancho: "It was weeks before he could even tell me..." < Tem como saber se ela se referia ao acontecimento ou se referia à doença, nessa frase? "It was = Aconteceu" me deixou com dúvidas.