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I had occasion to apply gold leaf to a special letter. With no experience on paper, I was not prepared for what happened when the time came to brush excess leaf from the edges of the initial I was decorating.
Late afternoon winter sun shone onto the drawing table. As I finished the page, flakes of beaten gold reflected ragged pliable planes of mind-bending light as they whirled overhead in a current of rising air.
Rooting in the OED years later, I discovered the title’s technical term for those floating specks of aurum.
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