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  • Lev twists the bracelet so a diamond refracts a sparkle of light right into CyFi’s eye.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Above us I could see its rippling surface, and above that the blue, refracted sky, and as we rose toward it the water warmed dramatically.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • It was strange to think that a blanket of blue—made of nothing more substantial than nitrogen crystals and refracted light—separated him from the sea of stars and the only world he’d ever known.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • "We captured its readout with a CCD camera and manually corrected by thirty percent to account for the index of refraction," Cristian explained to the judges.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts

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  • I woke up with the late-morning sunlight ablaze in my face, and the sound in my ears of birds squabbling among the maples and sycamores, and the distant froggy noise of boys’ adolescent voices all refracted through an aching skull and the pulsating consciousness of the worst hangover I had experienced in a year or two.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • But according to Sikhdar’s meticulous trigonometric reckoning (which took into account such factors as curvature of the earth, atmospheric refraction, and plumb-line deflection) Peak XV stood 29,002 feet above sea level, the planet’s loftiest point.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Because as soon as Violet saw the flickering reflection, she remembered the scientific principles of the convergence and refraction of light.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Wide Window
  • In the pool, there were men and women entwined, flesh refracted and moving rhythmically, and there were the pills, the moonshine, but the man who emerged from the pool naked apparently crossed a line.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • A glass canopy, supported by clear, artfully cut columns, stretches over us, refracting the sun into a million dancing colors to match the women milling about.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Impossible; for how many people did you know that refracted your own light to you?
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451

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  • He had thought it as he had watched hunting seabirds, marveling at their ability to adjust their dives to compensate for the refraction of light in water.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Of course, he had forgotten that water refracts, bends light.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • All except the Hooloovoo were resplendent in their multicolored ceremonial lab coats; the Hooloovoo had been temporarily refracted into a free-standing prism for the occasion.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • And all that they said and did was refracted by her inattention and shot off towards the rim-bones of nothing.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Light played along its blade like water slipping down a sheer silver wall, like sunlight itself refracted.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Teabing pointed toward a stained-glass window where the breaking sun was refracting through a white-clad knight riding a rose-colored horse.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • I found a general principle of pigments and refraction—a formula, a geometrical expression involving four dimensions.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • Translucent orbs of sap encrusted the seam, catching and refracting the light.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • They stood in silence, in the glare of a single light refracted from the glass surface to their faces.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The spots of light weaving in circles—that’s the lake, the special kind of light that comes refracted from water, the lake is beautiful today, and it’s better not to see it, just to guess by these spots.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The red sunlight was shining on the windows of St. Mary’s Church behind our seat, and as the sun dipped there was just sufficient change in the refraction and reflection to make it appear as if the light moved.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • I spotted this fact in the perpendicularity of the sun’s rays, which were no longer refracted.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • The impressions of objects underwent a considerable refraction before reaching his mind.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • At both ends of the alley the street lamps glowed through the murky air, refracted into mammoth balls of light.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • He banked the ’thopter around, noting the way the escort’s wings reflected milky orange from the dust-refracted light as they turned to keep pace with him.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • But the room was filled with refracted moonglow, and even without that very likely she could have told what he was doing.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • A fog of condensation had formed on the inside of the pane, so that her image appeared to him as a kind of silhouette, a vague impression of his mother at the sink, refracted and fragmented, a wash of color.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • She thought of the gold walls of the Hall in her dream, the golden light refracting off the cut glass everywhere.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Saphira’s scales refracted the light, casting thousands of shifting blue flecks across the rock.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Morning mist refracted the rays of the sun, tumbling them into the valley like a river of molten gold.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • The sheen on the canvas had refracted the candlelight in a startling manner because the canvas had just billowed away from the room …. fluttering backward through the plane of the rear wall.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • A shot through the windshield was almost certain to miss because of light refraction or bullet deflection.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • It’s like, everything and everyone refracts, each person having a different reaction.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • Long fingers of light reached through the apple branches as through a net; the orchard was riddled and shot with gold; light was the reality, the trees were merely interferences that reflected and refracted light.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • This convinced me that we must be not far from the equator, for twilight results from the refraction of the sun’s rays; the more obliquely these rays fall, the further does the partial light extend, while the more perpendicularly they strike the earth the longer do they continue their undiminished force, until when the sun sinks, they totally disappear, thus producing sudden darkness.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • The rain hits like pellets against the bubble, which refracts the lights in strange circular and then semicircular waves as they go by.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The bottom was of a pale, creamy stone over which undulating white-edged rectangles of refracted sunlight divided and overlapped.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Windows made of thick glass that refracted light both inside and out in subtle flashes of purple and blue.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • A few hours later, once the sardines were ready, tens of thousands of them glistening in the refracted light, the fishermen would cinch the net and haul them in.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • I will speak from memory—my memory—a memory that is all refracting light slanting through prisms and dreams, a shifting, troubled riot of electrons charged with pain and wonder.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • …silver and ivory, and beyond these a thousand conveyers of light and shadow so mild that one scarcely thinks of them as that, the tops of picture-frames, the edges of pencils or ash-trays, of crystal or china ornaments; the totality of this refraction—appealing to equally subtle reflexes of the vision as well as to those associational fragments in the subconscious that we seem to hang on to, as a glass-fitter keeps the irregularly shaped pieces that may do some time—this fact might…
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • But these words, as they dived down through the waves of sleep in which Swann was submerged, did not reach his consciousness without undergoing that refraction which turns a ray of light, at the bottom of a bowl of water, into another sun; just as, a moment earlier, the sound of the door-bell, swelling in the depths of his abyss of sleep into the clangour of an alarum, had engendered the episode of the fire.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • CHAPTER XLV OF DAEMONOLOGY, AND OTHER RELIQUES OF THE RELIGION OF THE GENTILES The Originall Of Daemonology The impression made on the organs of Sight, by lucide Bodies, either in one direct line, or in many lines, reflected from Opaque, or refracted in the passage through Diaphanous Bodies, produceth in living Creatures, in whom God hath placed such Organs, an Imagination of the Object, from whence the Impression proceedeth; which Imagination is called Sight; and seemeth not to bee a…
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • It outlined the facts with a cold precision unmodified by shade or colour, and refracted, as it were, from the blank walls of the surrounding limitations: she had opened windows from which no sky was ever visible.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • out of ship, a shimmery plume of refraction.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • The light refracts through the stained-glass windows into long fans of blue.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • The faint light all about, quivering and sourceless, refracted in the rain of drifting soot.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • A light placed above the center of the tank shines through the water, refracting as it ripples.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • In places Hollingsworth’s advice revealed, by refraction, a certain Victorian raciness.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • And I decided this is the refracted light from an object way up there, this is the circular form it takes.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
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