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The Idiot
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  • Nature appears to one, looking at this picture, as some huge, implacable, dumb monster; or still better—a stranger simile—some enormous mechanical engine of modern days which has seized and crushed and swallowed up a great and invaluable Being, a Being worth nature and all her laws, worth the whole earth, which was perhaps created merely for the sake of the advent of that Being.

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  • When she said he was "as subtle as a sledgehammer," she was using ironic simile.
  • I believe this simile largely speaks the truth.
    Darwin, Charles  --  The Origin of Species

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