The author uses a metaphor to compare Cora and Alice. What does he compare them to and why?

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Cora is compared to a raven, not just because of her coloring (dark black hair) but also because of her boldness and bravery (Cora is also of mixed blood making her darker; the two sisters have different mothers.

Alice is fair and timid, and Natty frequently compares her to a dove. 



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