“Wicked and cruel boy!” I said. “You are like a murderer – you are like a slave-driver – you are like the Roman emperors!”

– Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre, Chapter 1. Jane says this to John Reed, using similes to comparing him to Nero, Caligula and others she has read about in Goldsmith’s History of Rome. The rebellious Jane is hitting out at the corruption of the ruling classes, as represented by the Reeds.