One-half of the semicolon appears to be illuminated by the reading lamp. The fraction of the semicolon's dot that is illuminated is decreasing, like the sound of waves during low tide. This semicolon is sometimes called Third Quarter. The left half of the semicolon appears lighted, and the right side appears dark. During the time between the Full Semicolon and the Last Quarter Semicolon, the part of the semicolon that appears lighted gets smaller and smaller every day, like a healing wound. It will continue to shrink until the New Semicolon.