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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
Charlotte Brontë
  Calm as glass.  1
  Cold like a corpse.  2
  Companionless as a prisoner in his dungeon.  3
  Cunning as a witch.  4
  Dark as a Spaniard.  5
  Dimm’d … like a vague remnant of some by-past scene.  6
  Distinct as vice from virtue.  7
  Elude the grasp like an essence.  8
  Her sunken grey eyes, like reflections from the aspect of an angel.  9
  Feeble as the wing of a chicken in the pip.  10
  Impersonal as Shakespeare.  11
  Irrevocable as death.  12
  Noiseless as a bright mist rolls down a hill.  13
  Pale as a white stone.  14
  Pliant as a reed.  15
  Pout like a disappointed child.  16
  Powerless as stubble exposed to the draught of a furnace.  17
  As reviving as a friend’s visit.  18
  Shadowy, like half-comprehended notions that float dim through children’s brains.  19
  Shine like jet.  20
  Shivered in my heart like a suffering child in a cold cradle.  21
  Shrink, as if I had been wandering among volcanic-looking hills, and had suddenly felt the ground quiver.  22
  Silent as a church.  23
  Silent as an Indian.  24
  Sloped, as if leaning on the air.  25
  Still as a mouse.  26
  Still as a prostrate column.  27
  Straight as poplars.  28
  Swept … like sullying cloud from pure blue sky.  29
  Tough as an India-rubber ball.  30
  Vacant like air.  31
  Vain as the passing gale.  32
  Vainly spent, as dews on the sea.  33
  Wanderings as wild as those of the March-spirit.  34
  Warm as red sky’s passing blush.  35
  Wild as one whom demons seize.  36
  Youth like genius gives its best at first.  37

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