Analysis of “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale”; “RESPONSE TO …
The superior clarity of the Nun'sPriest's Tale at such points is owing to a more sensitive knowledge of thepotency of the materials, a surer sense of their meanings in combination,and so a bolder hand in their management.
Analysis of “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale”; ..
There are senses in which the solemnities of courtly love,science, marriage, authority, eloquence, tragedy, the Monk, and the Taleof Melibee are funny, but the Nun's Priest's Tale does not make us feel thatthey are always funny.
The only absolute virtue that its reading educes is anenlightened recognition of the problem of perception itself, the virtue ofseeing:
"For he that wynketh, whan he sholde see,The Nun's Priest's Tale is supremely Chaucerian in its poise before anoverwhelming question.
Al wilfully, God lat him nevere thee!"