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In the Prologue to the Caterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer is almost always polite and respectful when he points out the foibles and weaknesses of people He is able to do this by using genial satire which is basically having a pleasant or friendly disposition while ridiculing human vices and follies Chaucer also finds characteristics in the pilgrims that he admires This is evident in the peaceful way he describes their attributes The Nun is one of the pilgrims in which Chaucer uses genial satire to describe He defines her as a woman who is Pleasant and friendly in her ways and straining To counterfeit a courtly kind of grace ll 136-137 Instead of bluntly saying she is of the lower class and trying unsuccessfully to impersonate a member of the upper class Chaucer suggests it gentle therefore the reader must be attentive to pick up on it He also pokes fun at the Nuns impersonated French accent when he says that she spoke with a fine Intoning through her nose as was most seemly And she spoke daintily in French extremely After the school of Stratford-atte-Bowe French in the Paris style she did not know ll 120-124 Chaucer finds the Nuns speech amusing but he carefully chooses his words so as not to be disrespectful Chaucer also uses genial satire when illustrating the Nuns size She was indeed by no means undergrown l 154 He puts the fact that she is fat in a polite way because he finds the Nun very entertaining l 135 and thus doesnt speak ill of her even though there is much ill to be said Instead he uses genial satire to describe the Nun so that he may remain courteous and respectful Chaucer finds the Monk less amusing and more repulsive than the Nun but none the less he describes him in a polite manner so that the reader must pay attention
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