A surprising simile, something as ordinary and comforting as warm tea, here poured differently to describe a stream of blood.  Steerpike is the worst person in the granite pile of Gormenghast – may we all be spared his scheming type.

‘The blood, streaming down Steerpike’s neck, feels as warm as tea as it slides to his belly.’

 

Source: Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan, introduction by Anthony Burgess (London: Vintage Books, 1998), p. 354

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