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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
  Characterless as a china shepherdess.
  Character, like porcelain ware, must be painted before it is glazed. There can be no change after it is burned in.
            —Henry Ward Beecher
  A character is like an acrostic or Alexandrine stanza—read it forward, backward, or across, it spells the same thing.
            —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  Some characters are like some bodies in chemistry; very good, perhaps, in themselves, yet fly off and refuse the least conjunction with each other.
            —Fulke Greville
  Your character at present is like a person in a plethora, absolutely dying from too much health.
            —Richard Brinsley Sheridan
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