The Prioress attempts to be dainty and well-bred, and Chaucer makes fun of her by describing how she speaks French with a terrible accent and sings the liturgy straight through her nose. Although the Prioress should be devoted to Christ, she is more concerned with worldly matters: her clothes are richly bedecked, and her coral rosary that says “Love conquers all” serves as a decorative piece rather than a religious article.
The Prioress Quotes in The Canterbury Tales
The The Canterbury Tales quotes below are all either spoken by The Prioress or refer to The Prioress. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:).
General Prologue Quotes
The Prioress Character Timeline in The Canterbury Tales
The timeline below shows where the character The Prioress appears in The Canterbury Tales. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Nun’s Priest’s Prologue