Synopses & Reviews
Excerpt from Modern Philology, Vol. 1: 1903-1904
This is one of Chaucer's characteristic disclaimers, and must not be taken too literally. Very likely be had not joined2 either the Order of the Flower or that of the Leaf, but we are not to suppose that he did not even know which of his aristocratic friends belonged to one faction and which to the other. We are reminded of the solemnity with which he protests, in the Troilus, that he is a mere outsider in all the affairs of love.
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