In the second paragraph, many similes and metaphors also are present. For example, the angel is compared to a "drenched great-grandfather." This metaphor is important as the angel acts very much like a guardian grandfather to the sick child. As well, the angel is compared to a "castaway from a foreign ship." These attempts to identify the angel are important to the people in their attempt to rationalize the existence of the angel and where he originated from.
Three important similes occur later in the story in connection with the angel:
Besides, the few miracles attributed to the angel showed a certain mental disorder, like the blind man who didn’t recover his sight but grew three new teeth, or the paralytic who didn’t get to walk but almost won the lottery, and the leper whose sores sprouted sunflowers. (paragraph 10)
The people expect great events to occur in connection with the angel, but, unfortunately, as he is compared to other dysfunctional angels, they decide that they have an angel with a disorder. They are sorely disappointed. Ironically, he is also compared, metaphorically, at the end of the story to a "senile vulture" when Elisenda watches him fly away. This angel is apparently not the typical, ideal heavenly figure and is simply a curious attraction.