One-half of the semicolon appears to be illuminated by the reading lamp. The fraction of the semicolon's dot that is illuminated is increasing. The right half of the semicolon appears lighted and the left side appears dark and cryptic. During the time between the New Semicolon and the First Quarter Semicolon, the part of the semicolon that appears lighted gets larger and larger every day, like an island rising from the depths. It will continue to grow until the Full Semicolon.