'She's talking to that mirror again, farther?' says Misst Craddock. Father Cradock turns round slowly from the book he is eating and explains that it is just a face she is going through and they're all the same at that age.
'Empurple' is one of the prettier verbs in the English language.As for purple the hue, just an aristocratic version of blue.
Banno: And you are on a posting roll! Love it.Cat: Me, I like 'incarnadine'. Maybe I should choose a new favourite colour. Or maybe no need, seeing as purple is also red (and not just blue!).
Ah, I forgot:"I never saw a purple cow.I never hope to see one.But I can tell you anyhowI'd rather see than be one."-- Gelett BurgessAs for me, I'm always seeing red, but that's because I wear rose-tinted glasses.
WarningWhen I am an old woman I shall wear purple With a red hat which doesn't suit me. And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter. I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells And run my stick along the public railings And make up for the sobriety of my youth. I shall go out in my slippers in the rain And pick flowers in other people's gardens And learn to spit. You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat And eat three pounds of sausages at a go Or only bread and pickle for a week And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes. But now we must have clothes that keep us dry And pay the rent and not swear in the street And set a good example for the children We must have friends to dinner and read the papers But maybe I ought to practise a little now? So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised When suddenly I am old and start to wear purple. Jenny Joseph (1932-) in The Macmillan Treasury of Poetry for Children (London: Macmillan Children's Books, 1997)
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