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She certainly was very entertaining Pleasant and friendly in her ways and straining And she had little dogs she would be feeding With roasted flesh or milk or fine white bread Her forehead certainly was fair of spread Almost a span across the brows I own A set of beads the gaudies tricked in green Whence hung a golden brooch of brightest sheen On which there first was graven a crowned A And lower Amor vincit omnia The above lines are an exert from the Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer poet extraordinaire wrote his masterpiece in the thirteenth century basing it on the works of another author Giovanni Boccaccio Chaucer created a profound web of characters complete with intricate situations and personas However Chaucer in nearly all of his character sketches felt the need to point our some fault or idiosyncrasy in each person The nun is representative of many of these characters as Chaucer uses elements of satire and hidden insults to patronize and degrade her In Chaucers day rules and expectations pertaining to the clergy were very strict Nuns and priests led a peaceful life and they were seen as religious servants to the people Their lives were solely dedicated to prayer chastity and serving their Lord The only love the clergy could possess was love for the Almighty and his people as whole They were not allowed to marry or carry on relationships as worldly love was seen as profane and would distract them from their devotion to God As such they were also not allowed to have many earthly goods for they too would lead to distraction The nuns priests monks clerics and friars of the thirteenth century were taught not to emphasize their appearance in any way They wore simple clothing meant to diminish or conceal their semblance Nuns cloaks covered their whole body and their habits hid their foreheads and all but their face All in all
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