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Unformatted text preview: St. Gregory; Pope Innocent; Ovid; Cato; Seneca; and Cicero, to name only the most famous. In addition, local doctors, lawyers, prudent old men, hotheaded youths, and others join in, each quoting many proverbs. What makes the tale so long is that, every time a character speaks, he backs his opinion with as many quotations as he can think of on the subject at hand. The tale is, in fact, a quotation collection with a slight plot. Chaucer must certainly have realized that however serious this tale's purpose, the thing was almost comically long-winded considerably longer than its French source ( Le Livre de Melibee et de Dame Prudence ). One authority on Chaucer describes the tale as a prime example of a literary vice of the Middle Ages an essay abounding in dull, common-place clichs, forced allegory, and spiritless and interminable boring moralizing. Some scholars suggest this tale is a mischievous companion to Chaucer's Tale of Sir Topas....
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.
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