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[72] The invention of similes has also provided an admirable means of illuminating our descriptions. Some of these are designed for insertion among our arguments to help our proof, while others are devised to make our pictures yet more vivid; it is with this latter class of simile that I am now specially concerned. The following are good examples:—

Thence like fierce wolves beneath the cloud of night,

Aen. ii. 355.

Like the bird that flies
Around the shore and the fish-haunted reef,
Skimming the deep.

Aen. iv. 254.

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