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    That's said to be unlucky

    "Father, do you like my gown?" asked Theodosia.
    "Very pretty. Blue, is it?"
    "Yes, Father."
    He turned to me. "If you had one what color would it be?"
    "It would be green, Father," said Theodosia. "It was always Judith's favorite color."
    "That's said to be unlucky," he replied. "Or it was in my day. They used to say 'Green on Monday, Black on Friday.' But I'll swear Miss Osmond's not superstitious."
    "Not about colors," I said. "I might be about some things."
    "Doesn't do to think you're unlucky," he said. "Otherwise you will be."
    Then he went out, his chin wagging.


    "That's said to be unlucky," what does he mean? green brings to you bad luck?

    "Doesn't do to think you're unlucky," he said. "Otherwise you will be."
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    Re: That's said to be unlucky

    1 Yes.
    I hadn't heard this saying before but green is associated with bad luck in the theatre (in the UK- I don't know about elsewhere).
    2 If you think you are unlucky, you will be unlucky.

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    Re: That's said to be unlucky

    1. The green refers to the superstition/tradition regarding the colour of wedding dresses. White represents purity whilst green implies promiscuity (stains from rolling around in grassy fields).

    In this context, it is easy to see why the colour green might be considered unlucky for a bride.

    Presumably, Miss Osmond is a spinster character of some sort - desperately avoiding green in the hopes of finding a husband.

    2. The father comments on the idea of a self-fulfilling prophecy.


    In the sample text, the father is teasing his daughter about her coming of age. I find it charming the way he does it.

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    Re: That's said to be unlucky

    Thank you


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    Re: That's said to be unlucky

    Quote Originally Posted by Tinkerbell View Post
    "Father, do you like my gown?" asked Theodosia.
    "Very pretty. Blue, is it?"
    "Yes, Father."
    He turned to me. "If you had one what color would it be?"
    "It would be green, Father," said Theodosia. "It was always Judith's favorite color."
    "That's said to be unlucky," he replied. "Or it was in my day. They used to say 'Green on Monday, Black on Friday.' But I'll swear Miss Osmond's not superstitious."
    "Not about colors," I said. "I might be about some things."
    "Doesn't do to think you're unlucky," he said. "Otherwise you will be."
    Then he went out, his chin wagging.


    "That's said to be unlucky," what does he mean? green brings to you bad luck?

    "Doesn't do to think you're unlucky," he said. "Otherwise you will be."
    There is the old rhyme "Blue and green should never be seen, save upon an Irish quean".

    Green was the colour worn by the "little folk" and therefore unlucky for humans. Presumably a pretty Irish girl could get away with it.

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