The Nun’s Priest’s Tale
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The previous chapters have revealed a Chaucer who worked with a considerable degree o f self-consciousness about the process o f literary composition. Whether remodelling a source, manipulating a convention, or drawing on contemporary discourse, there is always present an active intelligence with its own priorities and criteria. Chaucer selects, re-emphasises, places in new contexts, his raw materials, aware all the time o f the kind o f activity in which he is engaged.