Lovely vowel harmony in that ‘lacquer-black’, it deserves to entirely supplant the boringly bog standard ‘pitch black’. Do me a favour and use it the next time you want to emphasize the essence of the colour.
And oh, to see this midnight dark river flowing from the vantage of a castle of ineffable charm!
… a switchback bend in the lacquer-black Vltava River and a glowering cliff on which is heaped a castle complex of ineffable charm.
For a great sampling of Winder’s triologisms, and a quote-packed tribute to his earlier book on Germany, see our bestellar review.
Source: Simon Winder, Danubia: A personal history of Habsburg Europe (London: Picador, 2013), p. 113