Canterbury Tales, from Chaucer Volume 1

Canterbury Tales, from Chaucer Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1845 edition. Excerpt: ...When that tolde was the life of Saint Ceci'le, Ere we had ridden fully five mile, At Boughton under Blee we 'gan o'ertake A man, that clothed Wp.s in clothes black, And underneath he weared a white surplice. His hackney which that was all pomele gris, s I Dappled grey. So swat that unnethes h might he gone. About the peytrel stood the foam full high, He was of foam as flecked as is a pie. A maile-twofold 1 on his crupper lay; It seemed that he carried little array, All light for summer rode this worthy man. It soon appears that the Yeoman had seen the pilgrims ride out of the hostelry, and told his master, the Canon; who had hurried after the pilgrims in such fiery haste, that it was joye for to see him sweat. Of course the pilgrims' attention is arrested by the circumstance--they are interested, and presently become still more so as they learn the character of the master from his own servant--as they see the former slink off from them--and as they hear described in the fullest detail the rogueries of the Alchemists by one who has been behind the scenes. Thus did the Poet-Artist work. How has this portion of his work been appreciated? "The introduction," says Tyrrwhitt, "of the Canon's Yeoman to tell a tale at a time when so many of the original characters remain to be called upon, appears a little extraordinary. It should seem that some sudden resentment had determined Chaucer to interrupt the regular course of his work, in order to insert a satire against the Alchemists. That their pretended science was much cultivated about this time, and produced its usual evils, may fairly be inferred from an Act which was passed soon after, 5 Hen. IV. c. 4, to make it felony to multiply gold or silver, or to use the art of...show more

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  • Paperback | 188 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 345g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236592891
  • 9781236592897