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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  A gossip in a village is like a viper in a bed.
  Gossip, like ennui, is born of idleness.
            —Ninon de L’Enclos
  Gossipin’ about like a cracked bell-clapper.
            —George Meredith
  Gossip must often have been likened to the winged insects bearing pollen to the flowers; it fertilizes many a vacuous reverie.
            —George Meredith
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