Moonlight, in a familiar room, falling so white upon the carpet, and showing all its figures so distinctly—making every object so minutely visible, yet so unlike a morning or noontide visibility—is a medium the most suitable for a romance-writer to get acquainted with his illusive guests.
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illusive hopes of finding a better job
There were no shadows under the trees but everywhere a pearly stillness, so that what was real seemed illusive and without definition.