To the allegorist, the fable or plot in epic or dramatic poetry was only a rind to cover attractively the kernel of truth.
Such a story tempts the allegorist, and indeed the main drift of its meaning is unmistakable.
We need not be so dense as to require the allegorist to say to us in so many words: "This is a parable."
The allegorizer requires an allegorist to interpret him aright.
Whatever the primitive Semitic allegorist may have thought, work is a blessing, not a curse.