A limpid simile to describe a lovely human being. Maggie is simple and direct, but her innate charm and beauty cause considerable complexity of feeling among others.
And let’s not breathe on the crystal that lets the light through, we need it.
‘To ask her to be less simple and direct would be like breathing on the crystal that you want to see the light through.’
Source: George Eliot, Middlemarch (London: Oxford University Press, 1973), p. 393
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