I know a great deal of it by heart, for I loved it long before I knew a metaphor from a synecdoche.
Keeping up the metaphor of the political guillotine, the whole may be considered as the POSTHUMOUS PAPERS OF A DECAPITATED SURVEYOR: and the sketch which I am now bringing to a close, if too autobiographical for a modest person to publish in his lifetime, will readily be excused in a gentleman who writes from beyond the grave.
Put by the curtains, look within my veil, Turn up my metaphors, and do not fail, There, if thou seekest them, such things to find, As will be helpful to an honest mind.
Helchitskygave the title “The Net of Faith” to his book, taking as his mottothe verse of the Gospel about the calling of the disciples to befishers of men; and, developing this metaphor, he says:“Christ, by means of his disciples, would have caught all theworld in his net of faith, but the greater fishes broke the netand escaped out of it, and all the rest have slipped throughthe holes made by the greater fishes, so that the net hasremained quite empty.
“You’re mixing your metaphors, Sophia, and I haven’t an idea what you mean.”
For my part, following out Lyell's metaphor, I look at the natural geological record, as a history of the world imperfectly kept, and written in a changing dialect; of this history we possess the last volume alone, relating only to two or three countries.
Since the Renaissance the writing of European saints--however familiar their metaphor and the general structure of their thought--has ceased to hold our attention.
The judicious operations of banking, by providing, if I may be allowed so violent a metaphor, a sort of waggon-way through the air, enable the country to convert, as it were, a great part of its highways into good pastures, and corn fields, and thereby to increase, very considerably, the annual produce of its land and labour.
He uttered the metaphor with a certain homely energy and, encouraged by his own voice, proceeded:“You see, we may as well all admit we’re a nice collection of scoundrels, one and all.
If he might use the metaphor, he said, he was their spiritual accountant; and he wished each and every one of his hearers to open his books, the books of his spiritual life, and see if they tallied accurately with conscience.