The Prologue, the Knightes Tale, the Nonne Preestes Tale, from the Canterbury Tales

The Prologue, the Knightes Tale, the Nonne Preestes Tale, from the Canterbury Tales

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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. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...and was probably not intended. At the modern Stratford we may find Parisian French inefficiently taught; but at the ancient Stratford, the very important AngloFrench was taught efficiently enough. There is no parallel between the cases, nor any such jest as the modern journalist is never weary of. The "French of Norfolk" as spoken of in P. Plowman (B. v. 239) was no French at all, but English; and the alleged parallel is misleading, as the reader who cares to refer to that passage will easily see.'--Skeat. 127. At mete. These simple conditions of good breeding are to be found in most of the mediseval tracts on Curtesy and Nurture, written for the purpose of teaching manners at table. See The Babees Book, Early Eng. Text Society. It is, however, of much more importance to observe that Tyrwhitt has acutely pointed out how Chaucer, throughout this passage, merely reproduces what he had found in his favourite book, vir. he Roman de la Rose, 1. 13612, &c. 'Et bien se gart qu'ele ne moile Ses dois es broez jusqu'as jointes, Ne qu'el n'ait pas ses levres ointes De sopes, d'aulx, ne de char grasse, Ne que trop de morsiaus n'entasse, Ne trop gros, nes mete en sa bouche. Du bout des dois le morsel touche Qu'el devra moillier en la sauce, Soit vert, ou cameline, ou jauce, Et sagement port sa bouchee Que sus son piz goute n'en chee De sope, de savor, de poivre. Et si gentement redoit boivre, Que sor soi n'en espande goute.' I.e. 'and takes good care not to wet her fingers up to the joints in broth, nor to have her lips anointed with soups, or garlic, or fat flesh, nor to heap up too many or too large morsels and put them in her mouth. She touches with the tips of her fingers the morsel which she has to moisten with the sauce (be it green, or...show more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123651775X
  • 9781236517753