Sit up straight and pay attention you horrible lot. Stefi has something important to tell you!
If I told you to think about a woman who is commonly considered extremely elegant, refined with a great sense of fashion, one who enjoys food and a good company where she often delights in displaying her good manners and knowledge of languages, I am sure you would presume, and with reason, that I’m talking about myself, because I am all such things. But, if I told you that the subject in question is not actually Mrs Tink, but a nun, I am likewise sure that you would understand that there must be something weird in what I am saying, as our image of a “nun” does not , cannot match that description. The Prioress of Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” is exactly all this: a character that does not fit stereotypes.
Chaucer’s description of the pilgrims, actually, is all about detecting their weirdness in behaviour or look, rather than giving you…
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