[Note 21, Chapter Two, in print version]
George Meredith's use of this type in ch. 31, "Sir Willoughby Attempts and Achieves Pathos," of The Egoist (1879) clearly relies upon the reader's recognizing the christological sense even though he is making a completely secular application: "We cannot quite preserve our dignity when we stoop to the work of calling forth tears. Moses had probably to take a nimble jump away from the rock after that venerable Law-giver had knocked the water out of it." The allusion achieves its full effect only if one recognizes the traditional association of Christ's calling forth tears of repentance from the sinner.
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