By Iris Murdoch
In a dismal comedy of mistakes, Iris Murdoch portrays the mischief wrought via Julius, a cynical highbrow who makes a decision to illustrate via a Machiavellian scan how simply loving undefined, being concerned neighbors, and dedicated siblings can betray their loyalties. As puppet grasp, Julius artfully performs at the human tendency to embody drama and intrigue and to favor the distraction of confrontations to the tricky attempt of speaking overtly and truthfully.
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There was no point, in any case, in long deliberations. Without any real discussion, then, we all put up our hands in agreement with him. We had to ask, of course, what his actual plan was. ‘Well, gentle ladies and gentle men,’ he replied, ‘I have a proposal. Take it in good spirit. Don’t mock me. ’ ‘Do tell us,’ the Manciple said. ’ ‘Well, to be brief, I suggest this. On our way to Canterbury each of you will tell two stories. As every traveller knows, tales shorten journeys. ’ The Prioress was very demure.
The Epilogue to the Nun’s Priest’s Tale The Second Nun’s Prologue - The prologe of the Seconde Nonnes Tale The Second Nun’s Tale - Heere bigynneth the Second Nonnes Tale of the lyf of ... The Canon’s Yeoman’s Prologue - The Prologe of the Chanouns Yemannes Tale The Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale - Heere bigynneth the Chanouns Yeman his Tale The Manciple’s Prologue - Heere folweth the Prologe of the Maunciples Tale The Manciple’s Tale - Heere bigynneth the Maunciples Tale of the Crowe The Parson’s Prologue - Here folweth the myrie words of the Parsoun Chaucer’s Retractions - Here taketh the makere of this book his leve Translation, retelling and introduction copyright © Peter Ackroyd, 2009 Illustrations copyright © Nick Bantock, 2009 All rights reserved LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING IN PUBLICATION DATA Ackroyd, Peter, 1949- Canterbury tales / by Geoffrey Chaucer ; translated and adapted by Peter Ackroyd.
I imagine that he came from Devon, judging by his accent, but I cannot be sure. He rode upon a carthorse as best he could, not being used to land transport. And he wore a robe of coarse woollen cloth, not being used to land fashion. He had a dagger hanging from a cord around his neck, as if he were about to encounter pirates. The hot summers at sea had weathered him. But he was a good enough fellow. He had tapped many barrels of fine Bordeaux wine, when the merchant was not looking, and had no scruples about it.
A Fairly Honourable Defeat by Iris Murdoch