In the final scene of Eric Rohmer’s movie Le Rayon Vert, a young woman sits with a man she’s just met, watching the sun set over the sea. Just as it disappears below the horizon there’s a brief but unmistakable flash of green—the last fleeting moment of sunlight. The green ray, after which the movie takes its title, is said to offer a flash of clarity into one’s feelings and those of others. Scientifically, the green ray can be explained by the way light is refracted and separated by the earth’s atmosphere as the sun approaches the horizon. The often-elusive phenomenon—people can spend their whole lives looking for it—took on a semimythical significance when it was first popularized by the publication of Jules Verne’s Le Rayon Vert in 1882, a century before Rohmer’s movie was released. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-One Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Like Clockwork In this new column about time, we learn how slipping off our watches makes us feel like deadline-damning renegades. Arts & Culture Music Issue 19 On a Grander Scale Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna now may live on the opposite side of the globe, but she’s determined to evolve while staying true to her roots. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Neighborhood: Fire Stations The firefighting profession has evolved over time from Ancient Rome’s rudimentary bucket brigades to today’s sleek life-saving departments.