"Fainter and fainter grows the light. It is as if another double-handful of darkness had been scattered through the air. Now it is no longer grey, but sable. There is still a faint appearance at the window; neither a glow, nor a gleam, nor a glimmer,---any phrase of light would express something far brighter than this doubtful perception, or sense, rather, that there is a window there. Has it vanished yet? No!---yes!---not quite! And there is still the swarthy whiteness,---we shall venture to marry these ill-agreeing words,---the swarthy whiteness of Judge Pyncheon's face. The features are all gone: there is only the paleness of them left. And how looks it now? There is no window! There is no face! An infinite, inscrutable blackness has annihilated sight! Where is our universe? All crumbled away from us; and we, adrift in chaos, may hearken to the gusts of homeless wind, that go sighing and murmuring about in quest of what was once a world."
- Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the seven gables