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“You ask of my companions. Hills, sir, and the sundown, and a dog large as myself, that my father bought me. They are better than beings because they know, but do not tell.”

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source: The Life and Letters of Emily Dickinson (New York: Biblo & Tannen Publishers, 1971), 239.

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medium: letter

notes: April 1862 letter to Thomas Wentworth Higginson

“In spring the almost enclosed sheet of water that separated Corfu from the mainland would be a pale and delicate blue, and then as spring settled into hot, crackling summer, it seemed to stain the still sea a deeper and more unreal color, which in some lights seemed like the violet blue of a rainbow, a blue that faded to a rich jade green in the shallows. In the evening when the sun sank, it was as if it were drawing a brush across the sea’s surface, streaking and blurring it to purples smudged with gold, silver, tangerine and pale pink.”

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source: Fauna and Family (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1978), 16–17.

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“The green of the ice and water begins to be visible about half an hour before sunset. Is it produced by the reflected blue of the sky mingling with the yellow or pink of the setting sun?”

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source: The Journal 1837–1861 (New York: New York Review of Books, 2009), 539.

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medium: diary

notes: diary entry dated January 20, 1859

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