Discuss the color symbolism in "Winter Dreams."

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The first uses of color in "Winter Dreams" are in reference to the weather; Dexter associates fall and winter with the suspension of his forward momentum in life. Fall days are "crisp and gray," and when winter comes, it "shut[s] down like the white lid of a box." Late in the year in Minnesota is "melancholy" for Dexter, whose mood is relieved only by his reveries.

When Judy Jones appears at various times in Dexter's life, there is white accompanying her; the first time it is with her "white linen nurse," and shortly thereafter, she wears a dress with "white edging that accentuated her tan." When Judy first approaches Dexter on her own, she is in a motor boat that leaves in its wake "two white streamers of cleft water." And when Dexter drives her boat so that she can ride a wake board, the bow produces "white spray," implying that the color precedes and follows Judy. White connotes things that are pristine and untouched, and this could characterize the idealized admiration and longing that...

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