All the Pretty Horses

Why does McCarthy mention Alejandra being pale so many times?

Pg. 141 "She stepped form her pooled clothing so pale, so pale,"

also pg. 141 "She was so pale in the lake"

"the nape of her neck pale as porcelain"

 These are just a few of the several times he reapeats her being pale.

Why does McCarthy reapeat this? Please help!

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Accompanying the dimming tone is a gradual darkening of McCarthy's imagery. The fist chapter is swathed in morning light. The second unfolds under paper lights, starry skies, in pitch blackness. But the 'darkness' is not meant to be literal - indeed, much of the second chapter reads as idyllically as the first one, only with a contrasting set of hues: She was so pale in the lake she seemed to be burning. Like foxfire in a darkened wood. That burned cold. Like the moon that burned cold. So, I think much of the pale imagery of Alejandra is not only tied up with her pale beauty but it is also infused with the palate of colours that MCcarthy paints so vividly. That's my take!