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In Chaucers The Canterbury Tales the Prioress is describe in the General Prologue as being a foolishly sentimental woman who would weep over the death of a small dog She speaks French has good table manners and sings the divine services well She wears fine clothing and jewelry including a gold medal with Love Conquers All in Latin inscribed on it p3-4 The Prioress Tale proves that this nun is certainly not the ideal clergy of her time The tale shows that she is sentimental un-Christian and childish of character In her tale the Prioress tells of a small boy living in a town in Asia It is a small town mostly inhabited by Jews The boy is a devout Christian who is eager to learn the meaning of a song in Latin He diligently learns the song and is pleased to learn it is about the Virgin Mary The young boy sings the song while walking home This disturbs the Jews and they send a murderer to find him and kill him Needless to say they boy is caught killed and placed in a privy The Virgin Mary visits him and places a kernel on his tongue to allow him to keep praising her with his song The clergy and mother of the boy find him and are astounded that he can still sing When the kernel is removed the boy dies and is buried as a martyr p121-127 The Prioress sentimentality is shown by the story she tells The Tale is horribly sentimental The boy is brutally murdered but is saved by the Blessed Virgin The Prioress tries to gather sympathy from the other pilgrims with her story When the mother is searching for her beloved son the Prioress finds a legitimate fear and concern that shows the more sentimental portion of the tale She is merely trying to get a rise from her audience which will teach them a good Christian
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