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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Themistocles
 
  The conversation of a man resembles a piece of embroidered tapestry, which, when spread out, showed its figures, but, when it is folded up, they are hidden and lost.  1
  Great men are like oaks, under the branches, of which men are happy in finding a refuge in the time of storm and rain; but when they have to pass a sunny day under them, they take pleasure in cutting the bark and breaking the branches.  2
  Speech was like to tapestry; and like it, when it was spread it showed its figures, but when it was folded up, hid and spoiled them.  3
 
 
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