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"The sky was an inverted cup of blue metal. A thin film of ice bordered the flat, reed-grown lake.”

(A Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde, p.193)

It was a vast, luminous dream in which his whole life seemed to stretch out before him like a landscape on a summer evening after rain. It had all occurred inside the glass paperweight, but the surface of the glass was the dome of the sky, and inside the dome everything was flooded with clear soft light in which one could see into interminable distances.”

(Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell, p.131)

The sun's red disk was now falling.”

(Monkey, Wu Ch'êng-ên, p.227)

The shutters were green; they were fixed back against the walls to make room for washing and for red geraniums. The air had colour and texture. You could touch the air. It was yellow. It was almost pink.”

(Postcards from Surfers, Helen Garner, p.115)

[A]nd the sun, a planet on fire, gradually rises over Manhattan, another sunrise, and soon the night turns into day so fast it's like some kind of optical illusion...”

(American Psycho, Brett Easton Ellis, p.339)

The air, at that time in the morning, had a curious smell. The sea too. Particularly the sea. And the world was an extraordinary colour: clear, pale in a way, but a luminous kind of pale. Pale blue. Pale green. Even the brightly painted boats had an amazing lightness. Everything was covered with a film of dew."

(The Mahé Circle, Georges Simenon, p.24)

Entering the space, I did a quick scan. His energy seemed to vibrate the air.”

(Just Kids, Patti Smith, p.136)

"When I felt better I looked out of the front car window to see if I could see my father and my sister. All I saw was the brilliant blue sky - all the sun and all the white made me have to squint. Plus the windows kept fogging up so I had to keep rubbing a see-through circle with my hand."

(The Chronology of Water: A Memoir, Lidia Yuknavitch, p.99)

Ch'êng-ên, Wu. Monkey. Allen and Unwin, 1942.
Easton Ellis, Brett. American Psycho. Vintage Books, NY, 1991.
Garner, Helen. Postcards from Surfers. McPhee Gribble Publishers, 1985.
Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four. Penguin Books, 1949.
Simenon, Georges. The Mahé Circle. First published in French as Le Cercle de Mahe' by
Gallimard, 1946.
Smith, Patti. Just Kids. Ecco, 2010.
Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray. Wordsworth Editions Limited, 1992.
Yuknavitch, Lidia. The Chronology of Water: A Memoir. Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts, Portland, Oregon, 2010.