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WHY did he go slightly "pink" ?? WHY did he go pink "with the effort"? What effort? Does "pink" mean angry, embarrassed, healthy or other meaning in this sentence? I am so so not sure what "pink" means this sentence, since some of the following definitions in the dictionary and my own understanding all make sense, but surely there should be ONLY one correct :
In the Collins dictionary it says: If you are in the pink, you are fit, healthy, and happy. In the Collins dictionary it also says: If you go pink, your face turns a slightly redder colour than usual because you are embarrassed or angry, or because you are doing something energetic.
Which is it in this sentence? as far as I understand as the following , all seems right, because:
1 healthy: he is getting out more often rather than stays indoors and with the effort he now looks slightly pink.
2 embarrassed: he is embarrassed because he doesn't enjoy watching morris dancing. (if so, then it leads to why?? is there some culture gap here??
3 angry: he kept a straight face while watching the morris dancing, and a previous fact in the novel suggests he is not a big fan of it, and his face became pink before red.
4 may be he is tired: he kept a straight face and by doing so (with the effort) he became a little tired and the color of his face became pink, showing easily-get-tired. (he is a quadriplegic and any effort cost him more energy than normal person)
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here is the sentence:
We, in the meantime, had gradually been increasing Will’s outings—and the distance that he was prepared to travel. We had been to the theatre, down the road to see the morris dancers (Will kept a straight face at their bells and hankies, but he had gone slightly pink with the effort), driven one evening to an open-air concert at a nearby stately home (more his thing than mine), and once to the multiplex where, due to inadequate research on my part, we ended up watching a film about a girl with a terminal illness.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
The context is that Will is a quadriplegic and in wheelchair and he rarely goes out. "We" means Louisa, his carer and his family. Could anyone help with this silly question?