Colorful Allusions vol. 6

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.


The walls are pale violet. The floor is red tiles. The wood of the bed and the chairs is the yellow of fresh butter, the sheet and the pillows very light lime green. The blanket scarlet. The window green. The washstand orange, the basin blue. The doors lilac. And that’s all nothing of any consequence in this shuttered room< span style="font-size:27px;">.
—Vincent Van Gogh, from a letter to his brother, Théo, 1888.


Dressed in red and silver, she evoked the sounds and imagery of fire engines as they tore through the streets of New York, alarming the heart with the violent gong of catastrophe; all dressed in red and silver, the tearing red and silver cutting a pathway through the flesh.
—Anais Nin, A Spy in the House of Love, 1959.


Pink was the shell within, / Silver without; / Sounds of the great sea / Wandered about.
—Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–92), "Minnie and Winnie", from Lullabies and Poems for Children, selected and edited by Diana Secker Larson, 2002.


Mobile lies beside that tawny river. Swamps lie along that golden red muddy green yellow river. Swamps as individual, each one, as the people on their outskirts.
—Julian Lee Rayford, the opening lines of Cottonmouth, 1941.


One day I am thinking of / a color: orange. I write a line / about orange. Pretty soon it is a / whole page of words, not lines. / Then another page. There should be / so much more, not of orange, of / words, of how terrible orange is / and life. Days go by. It is even in / prose, I am a real poet. My poem / is finished and I haven’t mentioned / orange yet. It’s twelve poems, I call / it ORANGES.
—Frank O’Hara, Why I Am Not a Painter


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