1 Jurgis was like a boy, a boy from the country.
2 He plays like one possessed by a demon, by a whole horde of demons.
3 The sweat starts out on his forehead, and he bends over like a cyclist on the last lap of a race.
4 So she watched them every hour of the day, and had learned to see like an owl at night to watch them then.
5 It was all in one great room, like a circus amphitheater, with a gallery for visitors running over the center.
6 This, too, like the color, was a thing elemental; it was a sound, a sound made up of ten thousand little sounds.
7 He was the sort of man the bosses like to get hold of, the sort they make it a grievance they cannot get hold of.
8 It was like some horrible crime committed in a dungeon, all unseen and unheeded, buried out of sight and of memory.
9 It would be a strange thing if a man like him could not support the family, with the help of the board of Jonas and Marija.
10 Teta Elzbieta is all in a flutter, like a hummingbird; her sisters, too, keep running up behind her, whispering, breathless.
11 Your hands are slippery, and your knife is slippery, and you are toiling like mad, when somebody happens to speak to you, or you strike a bone.
12 They stood there while the sun went down upon this scene, and the sky in the west turned blood-red, and the tops of the houses shone like fire.
13 It was like the murmuring of the bees in the spring, the whisperings of the forest; it suggested endless activity, the rumblings of a world in motion.
14 Jurgis was not able to figure, except it was a very simple sum, but Ona was like lightning at such things, and she worked out the problem for the family.
15 The company takes up the choruses, and men and women cry out like all possessed; some leap to their feet and stamp upon the floor, lifting their glasses and pledging each other.
16 First they took out the soil to make bricks, and then they filled it up again with garbage, which seemed to Jurgis and Ona a felicitous arrangement, characteristic of an enterprising country like America.
17 All that a mere man could do, it seemed to Jurgis, was to take a thing like this as he found it, and do as he was told; to be given a place in it and a share in its wonderful activities was a blessing to be grateful for, as one was grateful for the sunshine and the rain.
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