It was near noon; I knew by the perpendicularity of the sun's rays, which were no longer refracted
. The magical colours disappeared by degrees, and the shades of emerald and sapphire were effaced.
The winter sunrise was painting the east; and as the window was to the back of the house, it shone into the room with many strange colours of refracted
Spirits in wing, and angels to the view, A thousand seraphs burst th' Empyrean thro', Young dreams still hovering on their drowsy flight - Seraphs in all but "Knowledge," the keen light That fell, refracted
, thro' thy bounds, afar O Death !
These eclipses, caused by the interposition of the earth between the moon and the sun, can last two hours ; during which time, by reason of the rays refracted
by its atmosphere, the terrestrial globe can appear as nothing but a black point upon the sun.
It begins to be refracted
, and dimmed by mist, and its velocity is slightly diminished.
The sunset fires, refracted
from the cloud-driftage of the autumn sky, bathed the canyon with crimson, in which ruddy-limbed mandronos and wine-wooded manzanitas burned and smoldered.
A magnetic result of such glaring was, that the person glared at could not by any means successfully pretend to he ignorant of the fact: so that a bystander, without beholding Mrs Wilfer at all, must have known at whom she was glaring, by seeing her refracted
from the countenance of the beglared one.
She gazed straight before her at the Tower of Jewels with so austere an expression that no glint of refracted
sunlight could soften it.
This process continuously repeats as light passes through, pushing the rays into a zigzag direction while being refracted
again and again.
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The rule of refraction from elementary optics is that when light enters an optically denser medium, in this case a piece of glass, it is refracted
towards the normal to the surface, and on leaving the denser medium, it is refracted
away from the normal.