I could have chosen something easier as an example, but easier isn't necessarily better, Guy's story has more nuances to it, and the subtext provides us with ample material for more lessons. While pondering his story, I found this, so I lifted it and thought I'd share:
"The Tale consists simply in the narration of a story either founded on facts, or created solely by the imagination, and not necessarily associated with the teaching of any moral lesson.
The Parable is the designed use of language purposely intended to convey a hidden and secret meaning other than that contained in the words themselves; and which may or may not bear a special reference to the hearer, or reader.
The Fable partly agrees with, and partly differs from both of these. It will contain, like the Tale, a short but real narrative; it will seek, like the Parable, to convey a hidden meaning, and that not so much by the use of language, as by the skillful introduction of fictitious characters; and yet, unlike to either Tale or Parable, it will ever keep in view, as its high prerogative, and inseparable attribute, the great purpose of instruction, and will necessarily seek to inculcate some moral maxim, social duty, or political truth.
The true Fable, if it rise to its high requirements, ever aims at one great end and purpose--the representation of human motive, and the improvement of human conduct, and yet it so conceals its design under the disguise of fictitious characters, by clothing with speech the animals of the field, the birds of the air, the trees of the wood, or the beasts of the forest, that the reader shall receive advice without perceiving the presence of the adviser. Thus the superiority of the counselor, which often renders counsel unpalatable, is kept out of view, and the lesson comes with the greater acceptance when the reader is led, unconsciously to himself, to have his sympathies enlisted in behalf of what is pure, honorable, and praiseworthy, and to have his indignation excited against what is low, ignoble, and unworthy."
I have no idea who wrote this stuff, but I got it from the above site--I copy and pasted it because I'm of the belief that people don't go to all of the sites we post. I know I don't.
It's a happy day that I found it, because I am trying to cover my ground, instead of throwing a huge, long ramble that alludes to stuff that make sense only to me.
But I had to acknowledge stories as I go about my personal investigation of what I deem morality to be, I want to know how it came to be, and if I have faulty wiring going on that makes me believe assumptions as truth. Just a bit of more navel gazing. I don't mind gazing at yours either.