Youth led by Experience

Figure of speech. Stephen enters the newspaper office with Mr. O'Madden Burke, who stages the appearance as a comical parade of abstractions: "Youth led by Experience visits Notoriety." Ancient rhetoric and poetics referred to figures of this kind as allegory: a story which evokes a second level of meaning.

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The allegory of the cave in Plato's Republic, in an illustration owned by Getty Images. Source:

Bunyan's protagonist Christian, carrying the burden of Sin, enters the Wicket Gate of heaven in an engraving facing p. 22 in the 1778 edition of Pilgrim's Progress. Source: Wikimedia Commons.