Beauty – the conventional notion of female beauty is the reward, while its opposite is a punishment. 1.1696: That he hire holde covenant, 1.1828: Thus grante I yow myn hole vois, 1.1868: That I schal evermo therfore 1.1575: And thanne he caste his avantage, 1.1689: Hire body gret and nothing smal, 1.1490: To whom his aventure plein 1.1774: His body myhte wel be there, 1.1829: Ches for ous bothen, I you preie; John Gower, Confessio Amantis, "Tale of Florent" Mi Sone, and I thee rede this, 1.1397: What so befalle of other weie, 1.1398: That thou to loves heste obeie 1.1399: Als ferr as thou it myht suffise: 1.1400: For ofte sithe in such a wise 1.1401: Obedience in love availeth, 1.1402: Wher al a mannes strengthe faileth; 1.1768: And clepeth him hire housebonde, 1.1505: Such o thing conne thei noght finde 1.1718: Thogh sche be the fouleste of alle, Sorry, but copying text is forbidden on this website. 1.1626: Thus wot he noght what is the beste: Both the tales however break ground with their efforts. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 1.1688: That myhte a mannes lust destourbe, For one, the women seem to conform to the traditions. 1.1695: So as sche hath ben his warant, Page 1.82 1.1700: Him thenkth welnyh his herte brekth 1.1762: So wo begon was nevere knyht Predictably, had the tale ended on a note of the knight having to consummate his marriage with the repulsive old hag, as opposed to fair maiden, that would have been seen as a punishment, and not reward. 1.1533: This knyht behield hir redely, 1.1627: Bot be him lief or be him loth, In this fashion, Florent gave his woman full sovereignty, the precise thing that women want. The knight is “distraught” at the thought of having such an ugly wife, yet his “wedding vows impart/ A duty he cannot deny.” His sense of duty forces him to consummate marriage, so when did he love her? 1.1435: That thei toke of his worthinesse Gower in Love (Bk I, 93-202) - Harvard The Tale of Constance (Bk II, 587-612) (cf. For a tale written in the misogynistic medieval times, this clearly was a path-breaking effort. 1.1452: Anon sche sende for this kniht, Also, the riddle or mysterious quest the knight is sent on: it is clearly with the intention of having him killed since the common belief is that he will not be able to find an answer to the question. 1.1760: Bot yit it may non other be, 1.1600: Thei wole anon the same tide 1.1579: Wher that noman hire scholde knowe, Chaucer MancT) John Gower on Alchemy (Bk IV, 451-632) - Harvard. 1.1811: Wher he wol have hire such on nyht, 1.1471: Thou come ayein with thin avys. 1.1835: Mi destine is overpassed, 1.1481: What alle wommen most desire 1.1759: Tho was sche foulere on to se: 1.1848: Of what knyht that in his degre 1.1531: That forto speke of fleisch and bon 1.1739: Of suche men as he most troste, 1.1605: Wel is, for thanne is ther nomore. 1.1857: Thei writen it in evidence, 1.1680: Hire chekes ben with teres wet, 1.1744: That scholden ben of his assent: 1.1602: I wot thou wolt nothing forbere It is the knight’s nobility and his sense of honour that are glorified. 1.1656: And tolde out plein his wille tho. 1.1780: To gon to bedde of compaignie: 1.1618: And let nothing out of thi minde.". 1.1493: The wiseste of the lond asent, 1.1872: Of pride if ther oght elles is, 1.1541: And seide: "Florent be thi name, 1.1491: He tolde, of that him is befalle. 1.1753: With such atyr as tho was used, 1.1591: Sche seith: "if eny other thing 1.1698: Bot godd wot how that sche him pleseth Chaucer WBT) - Harvard The Tale of Canace and Machaire (Bk III, 143-359) - Harvard The Tale of Phoebus and the Crow (Bk III, 783-817) (cf. Chaucer WBT) - Harvard. The Confessio Amantis, also known as The Lover's Confession, is a 14th century English poem written by John Gower. 1.1599: And upon thi comynge abyde, 1.1639: That he schal tellen his avis, This is the point where the reader knows the tale has end happily ever after, because the knight was noble and moral in his actions.
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