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[14] While a temperate and timely use of metaphor is [p. 309] a real adornment to style, on the other hand, its frequent use serves merely to obscure our language and weary our audience, while if we introduce them in one continuous series, our language will become allegorical and enigmatic. There are also certain metaphors which fail from meanness, such as that of which I spoke above1:
“There is a rocky wart upon the mountain's
or they may even be coarse. For it does not follow that because Cicero was perfectly justified in talking of “the sink of the state,”2 when he desired to indicate the foulness of certain men, we can approve the following passage from an ancient orator: “You have lanced the boils of the state.”

1 See VIII. iii. 48.

2 In Cat. I. v. 12.

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