2 Metaphors for brightness

I thought of her as the ideal woman in embryo; and the brightness of her intellect was the finishing touch to a perfect girlhood.

The torch had a value and brightness of its own, but compared with the dawning of that new glory it appears to be dim and ineffectual, even though its brightness was a real brightness, and had been drawn from the same etherial source.

2 Metaphors for  brightness