Can you show me passages that have similes in "Into the Dust"?I would want them to be descriptive.

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A simile is a figure of speech in which two inherently different things are compared using "like" or "as". The author of "Out of the Dust" uses similes liberally in the book.  Here are just a few examples of her colorfully descriptive figures of speech:

"a long-legged girl with...cheekbones like bicycle handles" (Aug.1920)

"I glare at Ma's back with a scowl foul as maggoty stew" (Mar.1934)

"Ma, round and ripe and striped like a melon" (July1934)

"she makes me feel like she's just taking me in like I was so much flannel dry on the line" (Mar.1934)

"I watched the plants...blow away, like bits of cast-off rags" ((Mar.1934)

"the dust turned toward the house, like a tired locomotive" (Mar.1934)

"her anger, simmering over like a pot in an empty kitchen" (Apr.1934)

"a red dust like prairie fire" (June1934)

"his legs like willow limbs, his arms like reeds" (July 1934)

"hope rises daily, like sap in a stem" (July1934)

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Out of the Dust

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