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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Helpless as a babe.
  Helpless, as a cat in a trap.
  Helpless as a corpse.
  Helpless as Balaam.
  Helpless as a king of England.
            —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  Helpless as an infant caterpillar in a nest of hungry ants.
            —James Montgomery Flagg
  Helpless as the dead.
            —Sir William Schwenk Gilbert
  Helpless as a turtle on its back.
            —O. Henry
  Helpless as a lame beggar.
  Helpless and flurried as a fish landed on a grassy bank with a barbed hook through its gills.
  Helpless as a ship in stays.
            —Robert Louis Stevenson
  Helpless, like doves driven headlong down by a murky tempest.
  Helpless as a sailor cast on desert rock.
            —William Wordsworth
  Helpless … as the blind.
            —William Wordsworth

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