The Duchess and the Jeweller by Virginia Woolf

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What animals are Oliver compared to in "The Duchess and the Jeweller," and what are the effects of these comparisons?

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Oliver's described as having a nose like an elephant's trunk—long and flexible. Like an elephant sniffing out for food, Oliver's always sniffing out for new opportunities, in this case opportunities for social advancement. Despite being the richest jeweler in England, Oliver lacks social status, a situation he hopes to remedy by entering into a sordid...

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