How would you interpret “stark” here?
“My motion-picture agreement is off, by the way. No reason given. They’re getting ever so touchy out there about the color red.”
“Stark! There goes my chance to meet Robert Taylor.”
How would you interpret the word “stark” here?
I guess it means the same as damn, right?
And just for confirmation, the second speaker meant he lost his opportunity to meet Robert Taylor because of the situation the first speaker mentioned, right?
PS: the first speaker was a novelist and one of his novels would have been supposed to be adapted for a movie before that time. And the second speaker once made a joke that he wanted to play a small role in that movie in order to meet the famous actor, Robert Taylor.
Thanks. And this excerpt is taken from The Lacuna by Kingsolver.