A Reading of the Canterbury Tales by Bernard Felix Huppe

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The Knight is placed at once in the company of the chivalric worthies through one of the connotations of the adjective, and the ensuing identifying phrase, "to riden out," (45) serves to evoke the romance of knight-errantry. " (50) It is easy to pass over any question about the lord for whom he fought; knights, as vassals, of course fought for their overloads. But the list of his campaigns, a great rollcall of crusades against the infidels, makes us realize that the lord for whom this knight fought was the greatest of all lords, God Himself.

Canterbury tales. 1 subject : Chaucer, Geoffrey,--d. --Canterbury tales. Page ii Copyright © 1964 by State University of New York Thurlow Terrace, Albany, New York 12201 All rights reserved Revised edition 1967 Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 64-17577 Manufactured in the United States of America Page iii To My Students in Chaucer Princeton University 19451950 Harpur College 19511963 And gladly did they learn and gladly teach Page v Preface This reading of the Canterbury Tales is the direct product of lectures given annually for the last fifteen years.

C. The Pilgrims The description of the pilgrims in the General Prologue gives the appearance of being highly dramatic, perhaps because the characters "come alive," perhaps because of the felt presence of the narrator, bringing us ourselves to the scene of his observations. In fact, the portraits are not dramatic in method. Except for the narrator's direct comments to a fellow pilgrim or to the reader, and except for the final group of pilgrims, some of whom are seen, before the event, acting their parts in the line of march, there is no action.

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