cosmic comic ruff

Discussion in 'English Only' started by jacdac, Dec 4, 2016.

  1. jacdac

    jacdac Senior Member

    The clown stood there instead, resplendent and evident, fantastic in plastic, twenty feet of Day-Glo colors, its painted face surmounting a cosmic comic ruff. Orange pompom buttons cast in plastic, each as big as a volleyball, ran down the front of the silvery suit.
    Source: It by Stephen King

    Does the bolded expression mean that the painted face is being placed on top of (surmounting) a ruff (a clothing item worn around in the neck)? What about the cosmic comic? Would it that the ruff is comical (funny) and cosmetic(?)?

    Thank you.
  2. AR825 New Member

    English - United States
    Yes, the painted face rests on top of the ruff.

    The ruff itself, being "cosmic comic", is a play on words. The ruff itself is "comical", in that it is being worn by a clown, a comical character. As for "cosmic", it could allude to it's painted style, such as a dark background with bright colors (like the night sky, or cosmos).

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