[Ads-l] "The red and the balck" [was: more nominalized adjs.]

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Fri Nov 25 20:26:24 EST 2016

Or, from Les Miz, several variations, one of which is:

All:  Red...Marius:  The color of desire!All:  Black...Marius:  The color of despair!

However, being ignorant of the Revolution in question, I've always wondered if the colors (also) represented political parties.


      From: Robin Hamilton <robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM>
 Sent: Friday, November 25, 2016 7:52 PM
 Subject: Re: [ADS-L] more nominalized adjs.
> From: Laurence Horn

Also, because of the difference between French and English, "le rouge et le
noir" could in principle (although not in Stendhal's case) refer to a red man
and a black man, while "the red and the black" can only refer to either the
colors themselves or the life choices those colors metonymically stand for via
(if memory serves) military and clerical garb respectively. It's been more
decades than I care to admit, both for the book and the excellent movie with
Gérard Philippe as Sorel.



Or the colours of roulette balls (which I've always, rightly or wrongly, taken
Stendhal to refer to)?

There's also, eminently or notoriously, the colours of the Anarchist flag.


("Under which flag, Bakinin?" -- "The red and the black, obviously, mon petit

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