This astounded me with its originality, even to think of the waste material that might accumulate under the claws of an old lion.  Surprising also was that when I looked at the notes made while reading this magnificent novel, I only found a few metaphors, though of such quality. It makes me wonder if I need to read it again to see if I missed other gems.

The other one I jotted down can be seen here.

‘His face looked as though it were modeled from the waste material you find under the claws of a very old lion.’

Source: Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls (London: Grafton Books, 1987), p. 365

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