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Kelly Xu
barges and tugboats that resembled yesterday's floating palaces In the course of twenty years, steamboats had become memories replaced either by the iron horse, or else by barges and tugboats that resembled yesterday's floating palaces only as mud turtles resemble clipper ships. For "barges and tugboats that resembled yesterday's floating palaces only as mud turtles resemble clipper ships." in the above paragraph, I would like to know whether it means that barges and tugboats look like yesterday's floating palaces, which is just as mud turtles resemble clipper ships? Thanks in advance for your kind help.
Mar 3, 2014 5:49 AM
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You are correct in your thinking.
March 3, 2014
Well, mud turtles and clipper ships are both found around water, but they're hardly alike. :)
March 3, 2014
Yes... the comparison is not flattering.. I take it to mean that the author considers today's barges and tugboats to be small and exceedingly ugly in comparison to the steamboats of the past.
March 3, 2014
Kelly Xu
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English
Learning Language
English