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[76] This type of simile has, however, sadly degenerated in the hands of some of our declaimers owing to the license of the schools. For they adopt false comparisons, and even then do not apply them as they should to the subjects to which they wish them to provide a parallel. Both these faults are exemplified in two similes which were on the lips of everyone [p. 255] when I was a young man, “Even the sources of mighty rivers are navigable,” and “The generous tree bears fruit while it is yet a sapling.”

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