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[81] We find also shorter similes, such as “Wandering like wild beasts through the woods,” or the passage from Cicero's speech against Clodius:1 “He fled from the court like a man escaping naked from a fire.” Similar examples from everyday speech will occur to everyone.

Such comparisons reveal the gift not merely of placing a thing vividly before the eye, but of doing so with rapidity and without waste of detail.

1 Now lost.

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