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Contrarian
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posted 19 March 2006 02:30 PM      Profile for Contrarian     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Despite recent speculation that Chaucer was murdered,I am happy to be able to report that he is alive and well and blogging. Credit to Ralph Luker of Cliopatria on hnn, who got the reference from the Little Professor.

What is Chaucer blogging about? Why, he's telling stories, of course, and reliving old memories, as in "Ich and the Perle poete, on Mont Dorse-quasse" which has a few familiar elements:

quote:
...O, thatte olde colde tyme on the montayne, when we ownede the worlde and nothynge semed wronge! Indede – the makere of Perle was “wyth” me...

...Depe did we stepe ourselves in drinke. Thenne – and by the waye ich assume thou wilt kepe this knowledge from dere Philippa! – we dide thynges that wolde make Alanus of Lille his hede explode. We dide thynges that wolde make Peter Damyan spontaneouslie combuste. We dide thynges that are notte even listede in Burchard of Worms. Rim, ram, ruf!

At morwe-tyde, he sayde me, “Thou knowst I am not of the scole of Edwarde II.”

“Me neithere,” quod I “‘Tis nobodies privitee but oures.”...

...“Nay,” quod he, “Sholde this thynge seise us, ynne the wronge place, such as for ensaumple mass, thenne we sholde ben lit uppe lyke lollardes. If thou canst not hele yt, thou muste stande it.”

“I WOLDE I KNEWE HOW OF THEE I MIGHT BE QUITTEN!”...



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posted 20 March 2006 02:23 AM      Profile for Contrarian     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
From even farther back:
You scored as The Dragon. Ancient, chaotic, and a bit mysterious is the Dragon figure. Awakened from your happy slumber upon a pile of gold, you go about the country slaying its occupants. Beowulf manages to kill you, but not before you ensure his death. Congrats.

Grendel

75%

The Dragon

75%

Beowulf

67%

Grendel's Mother

67%

Wiglaf

58%

Hrothgar

42%

Wealhtheow

17%

If You Were in Beowulf...
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posted 28 March 2006 02:31 AM      Profile for Contrarian     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Not content with just a blog, Chaucer now has T-shirts for sale. I like this one:
quote:
I study medieval literature

because that's where the money is.



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skdadl
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posted 28 March 2006 08:39 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

I'm the Dragon too. Not sure I would have volunteered for that role, although I like the line that John Gardner gave the Dragon in his version of the story: "Get gold and sit on it."

Perhaps that inclination accounts for my current position as your faithful treasurer.


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Cueball
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posted 28 March 2006 08:50 AM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You scored as Hrothgar. Noble, and honest, you were much like Beowulf when you were in your prime. But when Grendel attacks your Golden Hall, Heorot, you and your men are no match and must ask for help. To your immense credit, you richly reward those who deserve it most.

The Dragon

75%

Hrothgar

75%

Wealhtheow

67%

Grendel

67%

Beowulf

58%

Wiglaf

58%

Grendel's Mother

58%

If You Were in Beowulf...
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Sad, I am Beowulf's bag man.


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posted 28 March 2006 09:05 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
But you're noble and honest. How did you get to be noble and honest? I wanna be noble and honest.
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posted 28 March 2006 09:15 AM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Perhaps so, but I want to be the rescuer, not the rescuee.
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posted 29 March 2006 01:19 PM      Profile for Contrarian     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I just noticed that I forgot to link to Chaucer's blog itself though it could be found through some of the other links. Just as well, since he seems to have moved to a new address. With his motto "Take thatte, Gower!" I wonder how long before John Gower gets a blog?
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