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Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
In certain ancient Italian frescoes Mary Magdalene is drawn as a woman completely enveloped in her own hair, which reaches to her feet and entirely wraps up her body as in a seamless garment. These queer draughtsmen must needs exaggerate; granted that the woman had long hair, they must enfold her in it like a silkworm in its own silk. The practice survives among the tribe of talkers, everything with them is on the enlarged scale; a man with ordinary abilities is a prodigy, another with very pardonable faults is a monster, a third with a few failings is a disgrace to humanity. Truth is as comely and beautiful as a woman with flowing hair, but exaggeration is as grotesque and ugly as the Magdalene, all hair from head to foot.
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Exaggeration'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fff/e/exaggeration.html. 1870.
the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25