The Question and Answer section for The Bet is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
There are many figures of speech used like simile, metaphor, and personification.
Simile and metaphor: He was a skeleton with the skin drawn tight over his bones, with long curls like a woman's
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It was decided that the young man should spend the years of his captivity under the strictest supervision in one of the lodges in the banker's garden. It was agreed that for fifteen years he should not be free to cross the threshold...
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