fairy outline

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Mohamed Hamed, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. Mohamed Hamed

    Mohamed Hamed Senior Member

    Arabic
    in The short story "The horror of the heights", it reads:

    "Conceive a jelly-fish such as sails in our summer seas, bell-shaped and of enormous size — far larger, I should judge, than the dome of St. Paul’s. It was of a light pink colour veined with a delicate green, but the whole huge fabric so tenuous that it was but a fairy outline against the dark blue sky."

    I don't get what the narrator means by "fairy outline". Does it mean "a delicate shape"?
     
  2. Keith Bradford

    Keith Bradford Senior Member

    Brittany, NW France
    English (Midlands UK)
    It summarises what was said earlier in the sentence: "a light pink colour veined with a delicate green, but the whole huge fabric so tenuous...".

    Fairies, and typically their wings, are thought of as transparent, diaphanous, pale in colour...
     

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