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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
George Farquhar
  Changeable as a woman’s whims.  1
  The theatre is like a Turkish seraglio: The critics are the eunuchs.  2
  Crouching about like a cat a-mousing.  3
  Dead as a salmon in a fishmonger’s basket.  4
  Inseparable as finger and thumb.  5
  Light as the light.  6
  Like hungry guests, a sitting audience looks:
Plays are like suppers; poets are the cooks.
The founder’s you: the table is this place:
The carvers we: the prologue is the grace.
Each act a course; each scene, a different dish,
Though we’re in Lent, I doubt you’re still for flesh.
Satire’s the sauce, high-seasoned, sharp, and rough.
Kind masks and beaux, I hope you’re pepper-proof?
Wit is the wine; but ’tis so scarce the true
Poets, like vintners, balderdash and brew.
Your surly scenes, where rant and bloodshed join,
Are butcher’s meat, a battle’s a sirlorn.
Your scenes of love, so flowing, soft and chaste,
Are water-gruel without salt or taste.
  Strong as brandy.  8
  The Theatre is like a Turkish seraglio: the critics are the eunuchs.  9
  Unbecoming as grace after meat.  10
  Whizzes like a hot iron.  11
  Women are like pictures; of no value in the hands of a fool, till he hears men of sense bid high for the purchase.  12

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