arm with as white a hand

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SuprunP

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Ukrainian & Russian
[...] he waved a long, thin, delicate arm with as white a hand on the end of it, which fluttered like a silk flag [...]
(M. Peake; Gormenghast)

Is the author thus saying that his hand was as white as his arm?

Thanks.
 
  • wandle

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    English - British
    Yes. He presumes that the reader will expect an arm to be white, but not necessarily a hand.
     
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