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parable
used in Middlemarch

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a short story told to teach a moral lesson — especially those told by Jesus in the New Testament
  • These things are a parable.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (40% in)
  • It seems an easier and shorter way to dignity, to observe that—since there never was a true story which could not be told in parables, where you might put a monkey for a margrave, and vice versa—whatever has been or is to be narrated by me about low people, may be ennobled by being considered a parable; so that if any bad habits and ugly consequences are brought into view, the reader may have the relief of regarding them as not more than figuratively ungenteel, and may feel himself...
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (18% in)
  • ...to observe that—since there never was a true story which could not be told in parables, where you might put a monkey for a margrave, and vice versa—whatever has been or is to be narrated by me about low people, may be ennobled by being considered a parable; so that if any bad habits and ugly consequences are brought into view, the reader may have the relief of regarding them as not more than figuratively ungenteel, and may feel himself virtually in company with persons of some style.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (18% in)

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