In Bram Stoker's book "The lady of the shroud", why is the preposition "of" used instead of "in" like "lady in red", "lady in clothes"?

What does the phrase mean exactly?

  • This sense of "of" means "belonging to" or "born of" or "associated with". ("In" would be mean something quite different in this example; the sense is not that she is (necessarily) in the shroud.)
    – Ben Zotto
    May 26, 2016 at 19:56

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Using "of" suggests a stronger association between the shroud and the figure of the lady --- she is the lady best known by (or at least well known by) her association with the shroud. In the same way as e.g. "The Lady of Shalott" rather than "The Lady from Shalott"; "The Lady of the Lake" rather than "The Lady in the Lake". It indicates an identification between the shroud and the persona of the lady in question; being "of the shroud" characterises her in some useful literary way.

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