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Definitiona short story told to teach a moral lesson — especially those told by Jesus in the New Testament
- But here—if we suppose this interview betwixt Mistress Hibbins and Hester Prynne to be authentic, and not a parable—was already an illustration of the young minister's argument against sundering the relation of a fallen mother to the offspring of her frailty.Chapter 8 -- The Elf-child and the Minister (99% in)
- After exhausting life in his efforts for mankind's spiritual good, he had made the manner of his death a parable, in order to impress on his admirers the mighty and mournful lesson, that, in the view of Infinite Purity, we are sinners all alike.Chapter 24 -- Conclusion (21% in)
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