Feminism is another form of antifeminism, love another form of lust, and the possibility of rational understanding, a fantasy. Chaucer keps his own counsel, and offers no clear guidance. They are not competing to see who will tell the most uplifting story or the most intellectually enriching; they are each trying to be the most entertaining although some do abuse their forum and sneak in moral tales about spiritual correctness. The Prioress could have found no surer way to dispose her audience against the Jews than by raising the charge of usury. By interspersing the fictional narrative with a discourse on the nature of those sins, he deliberately blurs the boundaries between the fictional universe of the tale and the real world to which it should correspond. They relate general human experience to this situation, and this situation to general human experience, with no sense of conflict or discontinuity between the two. There is much in the Pauline text from which the Pardoner extracts his dictum that reflects directly on the Pardoner himself, but perhaps nothing quite so pertinent as the following:
Exceeding the properly gratuitous movements of dance, Absolon seems to indulge a kind of unattached flurry that anticipates his failures to locate himself in real perceptual fields:.
Instead of Death, they found a pile of gold coins. Dorigen experiences her grief intensely and at length, but it is described summarily and— ipso facto —with a sort of detachment. They relate general human experience to this situation, and this situation to general human experience, with no sense of conflict or discontinuity between the two. In it, Dorigene is so torn by the prospect of having to cheat on her husband to stay true to her promise that she considers suicide as a way of avoiding either prospect, while her husband, who is just as concerned about her reputation, would rather have her sleep with another man than break her word. His tale takes place in Brittany, a region of France that was settled by English emigrants around the year A. Experience for the Wife has become memory and anticipation without reality in the present. Must a poet be a good man in order to practice his art?