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The Prioress tells a tale set in an Asian town dominated by the Jews in which usury and other things hateful to Christ occurred The Christian minority in the town opened a school for their children in this city Among these children was a widows son an angelic seven year old that was even at his young age deeply devoted to his faith At school he learned a song in Latin the Alma redemptoris and asked the meaning of it which was told to him by his comrade According to his comrade an older student this song was meant to praise the Virgin Mary This song I have heard said was composed about our blissful gracious Lady As he was walking home from school one day singing this song he provoked the anger of the Jews of the city whose hearts were possessed by Satan They hired a murderer who slit the boys throat and threw the body into a cesspool The widow searched for her missing child begging the Jews to tell her where her child might be found but they refuse to help When she found him although his throat was slit he began to sing the Alma redemptoris The other Christians of the city rushed to the child and carried him to the abbey The local provost cursed the Jews who knew of this murder and ordered their death by hanging Before the child was buried he began to speak The Virgin Mary had placed a pearl on his tongue that allowed him to speak despite his fatal wound but when the pearl was removed he would finally pass on to heaven The story ends with a lament for the young child and a curse on the Jews who perpetrated this crime The Prioress Tale is obviously a religious tale centered around Christian principles and a devotion to the Virgin Mary but within the warm affection that the Prioress shows for
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