Colorful Allusions vol. 4

Though printed in black and white, great literature is bursting with vibrant color.  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.

He looked around him as if seeing the world for the first time. The world was beautiful, strange and mysterious. Here was blue, here was yellow, here was green, sky and river, woods and mountains, all beautiful, all mysterious and enchanting, and in the midst of it, he, Siddhartha, the awakened one, on the way to himself. All this, all this yellow and blue, river and wood, passed for the first time across Siddhartha’s eyes.
—Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha, 1978.

Let the cheek be fair / Or dipped in honey shades, / Of flaxen hue the hair / Or black with every grace; / Let the eyes be brown / Or let me disappear / Into those flashing pools / Of deepest black.
—The Roman poet Staton, quoted in Forbidden Colors by Yukio Mishima, 1953. Translated from the Japanese by Alfred H. Marks, 1968.

All through the morning rain / I gaze the sun doesn’t shine / Rainbows and waterfalls run through my mind / In the garden I see west / Purple shower, bells and tea / Orange birds and river cousins dressed in green / Pretty music I hear so happy / And loud blue flower echo / From a cherry cloud / Feel sunshine sparkle pink and blue / Playgrounds will laugh if you try to ask / Is it cool? Is it cool?
—Shuggie Otis, "Strawberry Letter 23," recorded by The Brothers Johnson in 1977.

The north pole is white. The south pole is black. The equator is a circuit of middle reds, yellows, greens, blues, and purples. Parallels above the equator describe this circuit in lighter values, and parallels below trace it in darker values. The vertical axis joining black and white is a neutral scale of gray values, while perpendiculars to it are scales of Chroma. Thus, our color notions may be brought into orderly relation by the color sphere. Any color describes its color quality, light and strength, by its place in the combined scales of Hue, Value, and Chroma.
—Albert Munsell, describing his color sphe
re in A Color Notation, 11th edition, 1961.

Craig ConleyAbout the Guest Author, Craig Conley
Craig 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