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Red

The colour of magic.

“Red is the colour of magic in every country, and has been so from the very earliest times. The caps of fairies and musicians are well-nigh always red.” —Yeates: Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry, p. 61.

Red

applied to gold. Hence a gold watch is a “red kettle.”

Thou shewst an honest nature; weepst for thy master;
There's a red rogue to buy the handkerchief.

Beaumont and Fletcher: Mad Lover, v. 4.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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