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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Glance (Noun)
  Glances that shoot and illuminate like the sudden gleams that glow through autumn clouds.
  The glance of the eyes like the fawn’s soft gaze.
            —Arabian Nights
  Gave a glance as from the depths of a tomb.
            —Stephen Crane
  Glance like lightning.
            —Alexandre Dumas, père
  A glance as bright as a gnome’s in his mine of gold.
            —Paul Hamilton Hayne
  The first glance of a soul which does not yet know itself is like the dawn in the sky.
            —Victor Hugo
  The glances of women are like certain apparently peaceful but really formidable machines. You pass them every day quietly, with impunity and without suspicion of danger. There comes a moment when you forget even that they are there. You come and go, you muse, and talk, and laugh. Suddenly you feel that you are seized! It is done. The wheels have caught you, the glance has captured you. It has taken you, no matter how or where, by any portion whatever of your thought which was trailing, through any absence of mind. You are lost. You will be drawn in entirely. A train of mysterious forces has gained possession of you. You struggle in vain. No human succor is possible. You will be drawn down from wheel to wheel, from anguish to anguish, from torture to torture. You, your mind, your fortune, your soul; and you will not escape from the terrible machine, until, according as you are in the power of a malevolent nature, or a noble heart, you will be disfigured by shame or transfigured by love.
            —Victor Hugo
  A glance … such as Voltaire would have thrown upon a provincial academician who had proposed a rhyme to him.
            —Victor Hugo
  His glance was like a gimlet, cold and piercing.
            —Victor Hugo
  Fair lady, a glance of your eye is like the returning sun in the spring—it melts away the frost of age, and gives a new warmth of vigor to all nature.
            —Arthur Murphy
  A glance like water brimming with the sky or hyacinth-light where forest-shadows fall.
            —Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  A glance like the sunshine that flashes on steel.
            —John Greenleaf Whittier
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