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[7] On the other hand, when we say that a man is kindled to anger or on fire with greed or that he has fallen into [p. 305] error, we do so to enhance our meaning. For none of these things can be more literally described in its own words than in those which we import from elsewhere. But it is a purely ornamental metaphor when we speak of brilliance of style, splendour of birth, tempestuous public assemblies, thunderbolts of eloquence, to which I may add the phrase employed by Cicero1 in his defence of Milo where he speaks of Clodius as the fountain, and in another place as the fertile field and material of his client's glory.

1 Pro Mil. xiii. 34, 35.

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