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4 December 2007 Professor B.G. Harding ENG 3542-001 LGW Critical Response In The Legend of Good Women , the narrator is instructed, “For thy trespass. Understond it here: / Thou shalt whyl that thou livest, yeer by yere, / The moste party of thy tyme spende / In making of a glorious legende / Of gode women, maydenes and wyves, / That weren trewe in lovinge al hir lyves”(480-485). The narrator must set his story straight because he has not accurately described women. The intent of the author is to show maidens as they are faithful and devoted. When the narrator tells the tale of Cleopatra, he emphasizes her devotion to Antony and how she would do anything for him, while in other versions, as she is a famous lover the roles are reversed. Antony is the one who pines and is completely devoted to her. Cleopatra proves her loyalty to Antony by constructing a shrine for his body to rest in. This is very reminiscent of the tomb that John of Gaunt constructed for Blanche in The Book of the Duchess .
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