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All Things Are Subject to Love Pride Versus Love In the description of the Prioress found in the prologue of The Canterbury Tales Chaucer depicts this woman as one who would appear to on-lookers as being mannerly becoming and pleasant The phrase where Chaucer wrote She was a great delight and always tried To imitate court ways and had her pride would indicate that not only did the Prioress place a great deal of importance on her outward appearance but that she also took pride in it as well 1 1174 This might lead the reader to consider that Chaucer is creating a possibility within the prologue that the Prioress might practice her religion in a hypocritical fashion The tale of the Prioress begins with her praying in such an outlandish manner that it also leaves the indication of being for show rather than for true devoted worship and praise directed to God 2 186-187 From the inscription All things are subject to love found upon her brooch to her sympathetic feelings concerning the lowliest of creatures Chaucer defines the Prioress inwardly as one who based the true measure of Christianity upon love and good deeds done to others in need 1 1175 An emphasis is made in the prologue concerning the fact that the Prioress is only mentioned to hold tender compassionate feelings for defenseless creatures As for charity and tender feelings She melted at whatever was piteous Therefore it could be concluded that while the Prioress is concerned with helpless creatures she has little or no concern for those in society who would be her equals Chaucer 1 1174 However it is possible that by her actions and words the Prioress is still trying to display her great compassion towards those lower than her and thus is doing it for
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