Colorful Allusions vol. 3

Though printed in black and white, great literature is bursting with vibrant colour. In this rebus-style puzzle, color words and parts of words have been replaced with colored boxes. Try to guess the exact hue of each. Roll your mouse over the colored boxes to reveal the missing words. Click the colored boxes to learn more about each hue. Special thanks to Paul Dean for his colorful research.

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Our autumn walks were delightful . . . and the trees took a colouring which in richness, brilliance, and variety, exceeded all description. I think it is the maple, or sugar tree, that first sprinkles the forest with rich crimson; the beech follows, with all its harmony of golden tints, from pale yellow up to brightest orange. The dog wood gives almost the purple colour of the mulberry; the chestnut softens all with its frequent mass of delicate brown, and the sturdy oak carries its deep green into the very lap of winter.—Frances Trollope (1780–1863), describing the woods of Ohio in Domestic Manners of the Americans, quoted in The Virago Book of Women Travellers, edited by Mary Morris with Larry O’Connor, 1994.

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There is little that needs to be said about colour. Employ all the colours on your palette but if you should undertake to paint Berlin, be sure simply to use black and white, just a little ochre and ultramarine, and plenty of deep brown.”—Ludwig Meidner, Instructions for Painting Pictures of the Metropolis, 1914.

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And the two men laughed in each other’s sea green, land gray eyes.—Carl Sandburg, The Complete Poems of Carl Sandburg, 1970.

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With red and green I have tried to render the terrible passions of humanity. The room is blood red and mat yellow, a green billiard table in the middle, four lemon yellow lamps with an orange and green glow. Everywhere it is a clash and contrast of the most disparate greens and reds. . . . For instance, the blood red and the yellow green of the billiard table contrast with the tiny bit of soft Louis XV green of the counter, on which there is a pink bouquet.—Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), from a letter to his brother Theo; 8 September 1888. Reprinted in Art in Theory, 1815–1900, edited by Charles Harrison, 1998.Craig ConleyAbout the Guest Author, Craig ConleyWebsite: http://www.OneLetterWords.comCraig is an independent scholar and author of dozens of strange and unusual books, including a unicorn field guide and a dictionary of magic words. He also loves color: Prof. Oddfellow

Author: Prof. Oddfellow