a human life." Having seen it in the unrefracted
agony of a single man's face and soul, he understands it not only as a betrayal of the human compact but as a "machine" that men, having created, were now "helpless to smash" (135,136).
At the first beam splitter, one wave goes straight along an unrefracted
"all transport was, in effect, two-dimensional--ah, I can guess your question--" as a smile, familiar and unrefracted
for this old elevator regular, passes between girl and heckler--'"What about airplane flight, eh?' that's what you were going to ask wasn't it!" as a matter of fact he was going to ask about the Rocket and everyone knows it, but the subject is under a curious taboo, and polite Mindy has brought in now a chance for actual violence, the violence of repression [...] into this intimate cubic environment moving so smoothly upward through space (a bubble rising through Castile soap where all around it's green lit by slow lightning), past levels already a-bustle.
But here, the naked figure might himself be another Swedenborg, another angel convinced he sees an unrefracted
truth and is ready to stand upon his vision with authority, but in fact is unable to rise above the limits that precondition his knowledge and agency unawares.
Cantor for the group gathered in mourning to declare themselves the celebrants of solar majesty, the children of an ever-constant solar deity and, in the fervent way of our hemisphere's ancient heathen civilizations, to abandon themselves in a ritual sun dance around the dead boy's grave better to sanctify and placate the unrefracted
rays of Great Father Sun than to submit to a supreme being for whatever atrocious crime it pleases Him to perpetrate.
The appeal is unrefracted
. Both song and video have become reduced to pure content.
focus on investment patterns and class tension pays large dividends (so to speak).
Most of Carver's work, however, evades this unrefracted
type of resolution and instead features a variation that I would like to call an "arrested epiphany." The arrested epiphany still functions as a focal point within the narrative's progression, but at the same time it is defined by a distinct disparity between the character's feeling of revelation and his or her lack of understanding of what sort of insight the revelation is supposed to provide.
One recent film Glory (Zwick, 1989) disconcertingly links stereotype again to historical event, not only giving the models their fullest representation in years (unironically and apparently unrefracted
by time) but throwing them (literally) into the same narrative tent.
Visions are like lenses that focus unrefracted
rays of light.