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  • It was a large, bare room, made luminous by the clean glow of whitewash.
  • The leaves hung without motion against a sky of polished lemon yellow; its luminous pallor emphasized that its light was failing.
  • The sky was growing dark and luminous as blue-green glass; the buildings looked like clouds condensed on the glass, gray-blue clouds frozen for an instant in straight angles and vertical shafts, with the sunset caught in the spires….
  • The corners blurred, gathering darkness; the window remained luminous, evening light rising from the earth.
  • The place lay deserted, cut off from the world, dissolved in darkness; but the sky glowed, too luminous for the night below, as if the light had remained past the normal hour, in announcement of the coming spring.
  • Wynand’s eyes seemed whiter than usual, as if the blue had ebbed from the iris, two white ovals, luminous on his face.
  • Her voice had a luminous simplicity; she was being carried along, unresisting, any personal reaction would be superfluous, even pain or fear.
  • She walked down the hill and she found relief in the unnatural stillness of the earth around her, the stillness of full light without sun, of leaves without motion, of a luminous, waiting silence.
  • And in that heightened state of luminous vision, his head nodding over a glass but his mind steady, he told himself that he had nothing to regret; he had done what anyone would have done; Catherine had said it, he was selfish; everybody was selfish; it was not a pretty thing, to be selfish, but he was not alone in it; he had merely been luckier than most; he had been, because he was better than most; he felt fine; he hoped the useless questions would never come back to him again; every…
  • If you’re going to…" Keating began, but Toohey smiled with a luminous sort of kindliness.
  • You know what they say, the freedom of the press…" Then he saw the fit of fury he had expected for days and had thought safely sidetracked—the blue irises vanishing in a white smear, the blind, luminous eyeballs in a face that was all cavities, the trembling hands.

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  • The sky was luminous with stars.
  • The snow was luminous from the moonlight.

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