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The Book of the City of Ladies | Study Guide

Christine de Pizan

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The Book of the City of Ladies | Key Figure Analysis



Although very serious about her work and intent upon following the instructions of Lady Reason, Lady Rectitude, and Lady Justice, Christine is also possessed of a compassionate and humble nature tempered with a sense of humor. Christine acts as a representative of the questing reader and asks questions of her guides that a reader of the book might ask.

Lady Reason

Lady Reason provides Christine with the psychological "groundwork" for her writing task by applying logic to issues of the differences Nature has given to women and men. Lady Reason is kind and ever ready to answer any of Christine's questions and doesn't mind getting down into the "ground" to dig or to shape the stones of the city's walls.

Lady Rectitude

Lady Rectitude stands between her two sisters Lady Reason and Lady Justice. The large task of helping Christine erect the buildings and gather the ladies is one she takes on with energy, intelligence, and knowledge of women, past and present. She does not hesitate to hand to Christine the correct type of stone—meaning virtuous woman—for each building in the city.

Lady Justice

Lady Justice is described as every bit as majestic as her sisters, but the difference is that her stern gaze cannot be deceived. Before her, all questions, issues, or discussions are resolved, and it is with her lead that the true Christian Queen of Heaven is persuaded to dwell as the ruler of the city.

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