Best time to spray plants too in the shade after the sun. Some light still. Red rays are longest. Roygbiv Vance taught us : red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.
She loved to read poetry and when she got a keepsake from Bertha Supple of that lovely confession album with the coralpink cover to write her thoughts in she laid it in the drawer of her toilettable which, though it did not err on the side of luxury, was scrupulously neat and clean. It was there she kept her girlish treasures trove, the tortoiseshell combs, her child of Mary badge, the whiterose scent, the eyebrowleine, her alabaster pouncetbox and the ribbons to change when her things came home from the wash and there were some beautiful thoughts written in it in violet ink that she bought in Hely’s of Dame Street for she felt that she too could write poetry if she could only express herself like that poem that appealed to her so deeply that she had copied out of the newspaper she found one evening round the potherbs.
We should not be interrogated about the exact words used in a conversation or the precise colour of the sky on any particular day. Our best efforts may turn up violet, when our mother insists on vermillion.
(Kristina Olsson, ‘On writing Boy, Lost’, Southerly 75.2)
The river, when there is sun, offers glints of light amidst the green; the cliffs colored violet in the dusk and red like embers at dawn; and higher up, Ucul, and down below, Cerro del Diablo, and along the tortuous horizontal slope, the blue methylene triangle of the reservoir behind the dam, forever advancing.
(Robert Arlt ‘Ester Primavera’, tr. Lucas Lyndes, Contrappasso 8)
Si bien que l’ombre de Gilberte s’allongeait, non seulement devant une église de l’Île-de-France où je l’avais imaginée, mais aussi sur l’allée d’un parc, du côté de Méséglise, celle de Mme de Guermantes dans un chemin humide où montaient en quenouilles des grappes violettes et rougeâtres, ou sur l’or matinal d’un trottoir parisien.
C’est pendant des années que Bergotte m’avait paru un doux vieillard divin, que je m’étais senti paralysé comme par une apparition devant le chapeau gris de Swann, le manteau violet de sa femme, le mystère dont le nom de sa race entourait la duchesse de Guermantes jusque dans un salon : origines presque fabuleuses, charmante mythologie de relations devenues si banales ensuite, mais qu’elles prolongeaient dans le passé comme en plein ciel, avec un éclat pareil à celui que projette la queue étincelante d’une comète.
Suppose that in the extended object, or composition of colour’d points, from which we first receiv’d the idea of extension, the points were of a purple colour; it follows, that in every repetition of that idea we wou’d not only place the points in the same order with respect to each other, but also bestow on them that precise colour, with which alone we are acquainted. But afterwards having experience of the other colours of violet, green, red, white, black, and of all the different compositions of these, and finding a resemblance in the disposition of colour’d points, of which they are compos’d, we omit the peculiarities of colour, as far as possible, and found an abstract idea merely on that disposition of points, or manner of appearance, in which they agree.