New Canterbury Tales

Paperback | February 7, 2012

byMaurice Henry Hewlett

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1901 Excerpt: ... THE SCRIVENER'S TALE OF THE COUNTESS ALYS The manner of the beginning of these tales was this. Percival Perceforest had sung a good part of the Romaunt de la Rose, and sung it well, in a high, clear, unfaltering voice which was neither proper man's nor certain boy's, but of the sort we call alto. This intrigued, before it wearied, Smith the shipman, but delighted Captain Brazenhead, who had (in a sort) adopted the youth. At the end of his recital, "Is this young man your nephew, soldier?" asked the shipman. Captain Brazenhead flicked upwards his moustachios. "I would like to see the older man who denies it," he said with a glitter in his eye. For Percival was by no means his nephew. "I have nephews," says the shipman, " who sing tenor, and nieces who sing treble. And the Pope, I hear, hath nieces. How now, master?" Captain Brazenhead was meditating, stroking his nose. "Now," said he quietly, "now could I cut thee in half, thou shorten herring." "Let me go, wife, let me go!" cried the shipman, who was strangling. Captain Brazenhead had stroked his nose till it burned: there might have been bloodshed within three miles of Winchester. Here the Scrivener intervened. Copyright, 1901, by The Macmillan Company. "Madame," said this worthy man to the Prioress, "instead of singing by rote, instead of hot debate, I perceive another pastime. I propose a tale from one of this company, all in the manner of that noble clerk and fellow of my mystery, Master Geoffrey Chaucer, of whom doubtless you have heard. What is more to the purpose, I (if your ladyship please) will begin with one of the most fruitful narratives you ever heard; and although rhyme shall be lacking (for I am no rhymester for choice), I promise you the other elements of art, as balance, careful heed to lo...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1901 Excerpt: ... THE SCRIVENER'S TALE OF THE COUNTESS ALYS The manner of the beginning of these tales was this. Percival Perceforest had sung a g...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:62 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217518729

ISBN - 13:9780217518727

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