I’m reading a short story, “Terrified” by C. B. Gilford. This story is about Santin, a seller; he got an accident with a car on the opposite side of road. The occupants of that car, a young man and his girlfriend, intended to silence Santin so no one can know that is the young man’s fault.
In this extract (p. 252), what is the meaning of “red haze of agony”?
Santin saw him coming and closed his eyes.
“Wait a minute”, he heard the girl say, as from the far end of a long tunnel. He existed in a red haze of agony now, and her voice seemed far away.
I tried to figure out by myself:
- “Haze” is light mist, smoke, or steam (Collins Dictionary). Another meaning: “If someone is in a haze, they are not thinking clearly or not really noticing what is happening around them." (Collins Dictionary).
- “Red”: a color.
- Agony is a great physical or mental pain (Collins Dictionary).
Combining all three above seems meaningless to me. Is it Santin’s illusion or his mental state?
Then I tried my luck with Google. It turns out that “Red haze of agony” is used in various short stories, novels, etc… but none can give me any idea. In the end, I’m still in vain.