1. a brief evocative description, account, or episode.
2. a small illustration or portrait photograph that fades into its background without a definite border.
“I spent two nights at the house of a Maquis (French resistance fighter). I have no recollection of how I got there, why I was by myself, what I was doing there, and how I got back. But I recall one scene vividly. I slept in his living room in my sleeping bag. Early in the morning he woke me up, handed me a shot of ‘eau de vie’ and said: “Arnold – pour ouvrrir les yeux!” (to open your eyes)