This quote relates back to Dekker's quote about inner beauty. I couldn't get a vivid image of the people in the book but colt the cop grew up with parents who said no one would ever like him. He grew up thinking he was ugly. RED was introduced as being unpleasant to the eyes, so it was easier to picture him in my head while I read. But this quote is talking about inner beauty. RED was not only ugly in appearance he was also ugly on the inside.