This simile struck me months before we had heard of COVID-19, and it worked its way to the front of the pipeline quietly and unobstrusively. Only now does it look ominous as we mask up and distance ourselves from other people’s exhalations.

‘Like an exhalation’, a simile that could be applied to other slow-growing things such as damp or fear or …?

Be well and safe, wherever you are.

‘… the darkness was rising steadily like an exhalation.’ 


Source: Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes (London: Penguin Books, 2004 (1879)), p. 81

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