I have a question about "the like" I found in a book.
The sentence: "you who have never seen the like can scarcely imagine what delicate and wonderful flowers..."
I've seen "the more you know the less you get"
That sample I understand where THE stands before not-noun/adverb. There is "the .. the".
Also, I can uderstand when 'the like' refers to some mentioned noun(s) before in the sentence, like this: "Girls, boys and the like didn't learn their homework"
But what about "The Like" in my case? What does it refer to if does?
UPDATE: There are whole two sentences:
The idea was received with melodious applause; and presently they were all running to and fro for flowers, and laughingly flinging them upon me until I was almost smothered with blossom. You who have never seen the like can scarcely imagine what delicate and wonderful flowers countless years of culture had created.