The semicolon appears to be partly but less than one-half illuminated by the reading lamp. The fraction of the semicolon's dot that is illuminated is decreasing, like a cut flower without a vase. The darkness grows like a gathering thunderstorm. This semicolon appears before the New Semicolon and after the Last Quarter Semicolon. The crescent will grow smaller and smaller every day, until the semicolon looks like the New Semicolon.