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But into his loneliness and despair the girl had came like a ray of light.

Not a ray of the blessed light of heaven could be suffered to visit the poor lad.

He was glad that Ray Minturn had never called him Tip, nor heard him called so.

And Ray heard no more complaints about the offending little name.

And Ray pressed his thin, wasting hand across his damp forehead.

Ray smiled, quite as if he did not think so, but would not unsay it for anything.

Mademoiselle Sarah Bernhardt is ideal too, with her ray of moonlight.

All was darkness down there; not one ray of light since I shut the door.

His eyes roved from taper to taper, as gathering knowledge ray by ray.

He looked, but there was no ray of recognition in that look.

WORD ORIGIN

"beam of light," c.1300, from Old French rai (nominative rais) "ray (of the sun), spoke (of a wheel); gush, spurt," from Latin radius "ray, spoke, staff, rod" (see radius). Not common before 17c. [OED]; of the sun, usually in reference to heat (beam being preferred for light). Science fiction ray-gun is first recorded 1931 (but cf. Martian Heat ray weapon in H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds," 1898).

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