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- 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)
illustration = something that helps clarify or demonstrate
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