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[30] I am aware that some writers have shown pedantic zeal in making a minute classification of similes, and have pointed out that there is lesser similitude (such as that of a monkey to a man or a statue when first blocked out to its original), a greater similitude (for which compare the proverb “As like as egg to egg”), a similitude in things dissimilar (an elephant, for instance, and an ant both belong to the genus animal),and dissimilitude in things similar (puppies and kids, for example, are unlike the parents,1 for they differ from them in point of age).

1 Verg. Ecl i. 23.

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