Classical Usage: This is the type of passage that has become the only portion of Madame Bovary that I’m enjoying. I think Flaubert writes beautifully descriptive analogies. Okay, you’re right, sometimes what he’s describing is far from beautiful, maybe striking is a better choice of adjectives. You be the judge, this is from Part Two, Chapter XII: Hers was an infatuation to the point of idiocy; the intensity of her admiration for him was matched by the intensity of her own voluptuous feelings; she was in a blissful torpor, a drunkenness in which her very soul lay drowned and shriveled, like the duke of Clarence in his butt of malmsey.
Classically Mad Usage: Malmsey, please.