At first it is hard to decide whether these stories are written tongue-in-eek or foot-in-mouth. One soon doesn't care --they are unfunny and uninformative. The ""Parables"" consist of a combination of stories, tall - or short (anecdotes) written in a sometimes folksy (""down cellar""), sometimes pretentious (""I thought of ious Aeneas returning from Avernus with his Hic labor est!"") style. Most of them deal with Maine, or with Maine ""folk"" where there may be a greater regional tolerance for this kind of thing. Peter Partout presents a peck of puny parables, or, Hic labor est.