He had left behind only the ripple of amusement which his speedy despatch had caused among her friends; and though later (to shift the metaphor) he reappeared lower down the stream, it was only in fleeting glimpses, with long submergences between.
He smiled at the whirl of metaphor with which he was trying to build up a defence against the influences of the last hour.
His betrothed looked shocked at the metaphor, and George Dorset exclaimed with a sardonic growl: "Poor devil!
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He was speaking metaphorically when he referred to being mugged by reality.
It was falling so hard that it looked like white sparks (and this is a simile, too, not a metaphor).
Mark Haddon -- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time