Whiteness


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Whiteness

ermine
winter stoat; said to die if whiteness is soiled. [Art: Hall, 115]
Moby Dick
white whale pursued relentlessly by Captain Ahab; “It was the whiteness of the whale that above all things appalled me.” [Am. Lit.: Moby Dick]
pale horse
ridden by Death. [N. T.: Revelation 6:8]
Silver
flashing white steed of the Lone Ranger. [Radio: Buxton, 143–144]
white belt of wampum
giving one was giving the deepest pledge of honor. [Am. Indian Trad.: Misc.]
white forked flame
holiest flame on the altar. [Persian Folklore: Misc.]
White Steed of the Prairies
charger who led the wild horses before the West was tamed. [Am. Indian Legend: Misc.]
white stone
marked a joyful day. [Rom. Trad.: Misc.]
References in classic literature ?
It is that whiteness which invests him, a thing expressed by the name he bears.
With reference to the Polar bear, it may possibly be urged by him who would fain go still deeper into this matter, that it is not the whiteness, separately regarded, which heightens the intolerable hideousness of that brute; for, analysed, that heightened hideousness, it might be said, only arises from the circumstance, that the irresponsible ferociousness of the creature stands invested in the fleece of celestial innocence and love; and hence, by bringing together two such opposite emotions in our minds, the Polar bear frightens us with so unnatural a contrast.
The pitch of the Corbury road, below lawyer Varnum's spruces, was the favourite coasting-ground of Starkfield, and on clear evenings the church corner rang till late with the shouts of the coasters; but to-night not a sled darkened the whiteness of the long declivity.
He turned and looked at her where she lay indistinctly outlined under the dark calico quilt, her high-boned face taking a grayish tinge from the whiteness of the pillow.
He told him that he should try to do nothing to stain the whiteness of that apron, which symbolized strength and purity; then of the unexplained trowel, he told him to toil with it to cleanse his own heart from vice, and indulgently to smooth with it the heart of his neighbor.
The distant flat shrank in uniform whiteness and low-hanging uniformity of cloud.
This wood really is haunted now -- by old memories," said Anne, stooping to gather a spray of ferns, bleached to waxen whiteness by frost.
Already the deathly whiteness was passing from his cheeks.
Dark crimson velvet, dark purple silk, and jet-black cloth, with linen of dazzling whiteness, composed the festive dress of the President, who marched at the head of his Committee carrying an enormous nosegay, like that which a hundred and twenty-one years later, Monsieur de Robespierre displayed at the festival of "The Supreme Being.
SOCRATES: And if he similarly asked what colour is, and you answered whiteness, and the questioner rejoined, Would you say that whiteness is colour or a colour?
Here was whiteness which no lilies, ivory, nor alabaster could match.
The weather had become worse than ever towards evening; the hail lashed the drenched mare so cruelly that she went along sideways, shaking her head and ears; but Levin was all right under his hood, and he looked cheerfully about him at the muddy streams running under the wheels, at the drops hanging on every bare twig, at the whiteness of the patch of unmelted hailstones on the planks of the bridge, at the thick layer of still juicy, fleshy leaves that lay heaped up about the stripped elm-tree.