Hair Colour

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Posted by Magnus Smith on May 31, 2016 at 05:24:46 user Magnus.

From 'The Big Six', chapter IX:
A smallish boy with large black-rimmed spectacles and a girl with straw-coloured plaits flying in the wind raced across the lawn to join Tom at the water’s edge.

From, 'Secret Water', chapter VIII:
A boy had come through the Speedy’s fore (and only) hatch.... He had a mop of stiff sandy hair. His eyes shone bright blue in a face burnt brick red by the sun.

Are these the only times a main character's hair colour is mentioned? I tried searching for the word "ginger" and got more results than I wanted!

The illustrations, being limited by black ink, often suggest everyone has dark hair. Dot in particular I thought was dark brown/black-haired for years, especially after seeing photos of Tabitha Ransome with huge plaits. I had forgotten the "straw coloured" reference above.

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