Notes on Chaucer; A Commentary on the PROLOG and Six Canterbury Tales Volume 3

Notes on Chaucer; A Commentary on the PROLOG and Six Canterbury Tales Volume 3

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...whether serious or jocose, must be regarded as brazen effrontery, and brings down upon his head a retort not heavier than he deserves. Later he interrupts the Wife of Bath (D 163--168) with a remark most indiscreet for one who is vowed to celibacy, and the Wife, in her answer, insinuates who it is that has taken too much ale (D 170--171). Before leaving the question whom the Pardoner's Tale was originally intended for, I would remark that the Shipman' s Tale also was originally intended for another person than the one to whom it was finally assigned. Cf. B 1201--1209, a passage originally intended for a woman, presumably the Wife of Bath. The language of the Pardoner's Preamble borrows considerably from the cynical confessions of Faux-Semblant in Roman de la Rose 11337--12536. Apart from the sermon of vv. 485--660 and the conclusion, vv. 895--968, the Pardoner' s Tale is one of the most perfect in all literature. Chance and supernatural, or quasi-supernatural, powers seem to combine with the natural operation of human cupidity to bring the three roisterers to a swift and terrible end. Nowhere else does Chaucer so nearly approach the spirit of Greek tragedy with its mystery, its fatefulness and its terror. Nowhere else does he so add strangeness to beauty as in the description of the prophetic old man (a sort of prototype of the Ancient Mariner), who tells the young ruffians where they shall find death. 287. The Physician has just told the story of Appius and Virginia and our Host expresses his sympathy, with a vehemence that is not above the suspicion of corny ale. 288. nayles. See note on 651. 291. Come to thise luges. So Hn.; Dd. Come to theise Iuges; E. Come to thise fals Iuges. The word fals may have been caught by a scribal error from v....show more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
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  • English
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  • 1236669207
  • 9781236669209