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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Thomas Hardy
  Rose automatically as the sap in the twigs.  1
  Bristling … like some mad Earth-god’s spiny hair.  2
  Clear as the pure River of Life shown to the Evangelist.  3
  Clinging … like pigeons on a roof-slope.  4
  Clogged like a dripping pan.  5
  Deep as annihilation.  6
  Dignified as the Chapels-of-Ease.  7
  Disappeared like a shape in a vision  8
  Dividing like a splitting stick.  9
  Dwindling away like echoes down a valley of rocks.  10
  Rock firm as facts.  11
  Flinch … like a plant in too burning a sun.  12
  Ghastly as a laugh in hell.  13
  Glistening … like the track of moonlight on the sea.  14
  Glorified … like the angel St. John saw in the sun.  15
  Hung heavy as an opiate.  16
  Hesitating like a bather about to make his plunge.  17
  Lurks like a mole underneath the visible surface of manners.  18
  Pain … like the bitterness of dissolution.  19
  Rapid as the shadow of a cloud.  20
  Remaining, like marten-holes in a sand-cliff.  21
  Soundless as a tomb.  22
  Speeding … like an arrow.  23
  Stirred … as the dive of a kingfisher stirs a quiet pool.  24
  Swayed like a river weed.  25
  Ticking like the love-making of a grasshopper.  26
  Tossed … like a cork on the waves.  27
  Transient as lightning.  28
  Warm as a sunned cat.  29
  Weak as a bled calf.  30
Like those whom living tires.
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