I'd like to focus in on the meaning of 'pale' which is used in color description.
My dictionary, OALD, says 'pale' in such case means "light in colour; containing a lot of white". It shows me some examples; pale blue eyes: I understand; a paler shade of green: ditto. Then I have two questions.
- a pale sky (from OALD) … Does it mean its basic color depend on time and weather, or pale blue? Or is there another tacit agreement on its basic color?
- pale eyes (Ollivander's eyes, from p.308, Harry Potter 4) … Does it mean a specific basic color, or a color depending on readers' imagination?
I’d be happy if you could help me.