fairy outline

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"?
 
  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    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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