Parable of the Plums

Figure of speech. After finishing his tale of the two old women on Nelson's pillar, Stephen is asked for a title and offers two: "I call it A Pisgah Sight of Palestine or the Parable of The Plums." Calling something a parable will make most people think of the homely stories that Jesus tells in the gospels, which appear to have derived from Hebrew traditions. But the term originated in Greek rhetorical theory as parabola, a brief story that illustrates some concept, usually a moral one.

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The Return of the Prodigal Son, ca. 1668 oil on canvas painting by Rembrandt van Rijn held in the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg.
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1712 woodcut illustration of the parable of the talents from the Historiae celebriores Veteris Testamenti Iconibus representatae, showing the two good servants returning money to their master and the third looking for his in the ground where he buried it. Source: Wikimedia Commons.