Later on, I looked up the etymology of "talent" and it seems I was correct in my guess.
I'm not sure how to word my question, but can anyone think of any other words whose origin is the morals of stories? That is, are there any other words that had one meaning, were used metaphorically in some widely known tale, and finally came to take on the metaphorical meaning so strongly that the original meaning of the word was near forgotten?
I'm sure there must be some others, right?
x-posted on my own journal