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Frank J. Wilstach, comp. A Dictionary of Similes. 1916.


The conversation of a man resembles a piece of embroidered tapestry, which, when spread out, showed its figures, but, when it is folded up, they are hidden and lost.

Great men are like oaks, under the branches, of which men are happy in finding a refuge in the time of storm and rain; but when they have to pass a sunny day under them, they take pleasure in cutting the bark and breaking the branches.

Speech was like to tapestry; and like it, when it was spread it showed its figures, but when it was folded up, hid and spoiled them.