The macaroons are especially nice to look at because they are sorted by colour. Good colours, too, lilac and baby blue, mint green and pastel pink. Good colours.
(Darcy Hill, ‘Disjointed words’, Southerly 76.2)
Thereat mirth grew in them the more and they rehearsed to him his curious rite of wedlock for the disrobing and deflowering of spouses, as the priests use in Madagascar island, she to be in guise of white and saffron, her groom in white and grain, with burning of nard and tapers, on a bridebed while clerks sung kyries and the anthem Ut novetur sexus omnis corporis mysterium till she was there unmaided.
It was, perhaps, the light filtering slowly into that green aquarium that woke her, and set her soul struggling to the surface through the washings of shapeless ideas.
(Thea Astley, Girl with a monkey, ch. 1)