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65 A similar logic is at work in biblical exegesis; the book is sacred history and encom­ passes a movement in time, but time is often ignored in explaining the true sense of an event. Time is drawn together in the single defining moment of Christ, and in him all events become repetitions of a single subject, salvation. The Biblia Pauperum is an example of a literary arrangement which accommodates, in its structure, both the principle of chronology and also a principle of arrangement, the grouping of New Testament events with their Old Testament parallels, dictated by the parts of the subject.

Lat. "53 The mutatio of the person turned to stone in book 10 is similarly labeled in MS Vat. lat. 1598: "Item moralis est ista mutatio. Allegoria talis est. Philosophus quidam fuit qui cognita subtilitate herculis qui docuit terram esse tripartitam quam dedit intelligi per cerberum. Unde fingitur cerberum traxisse ab inferis desperavit post herculem nichil philosophicum dicere et stupore percussus destitit a sensu. Unde in lapidem fingitur esse mutatus" (fol. lOlr). ("This change is moral. Its allegory is thus: he was a certain philosopher who under­ stood the subtlety of Hercules (Hercules taught that the earth was tripartite and let this be understood by Cerberus, and so it is imagined that he dragged Cerberus out of Hell) and after Hercules despaired of saying anything philosophical and became depressed and out of touch with reality.

Hoffman, "Chaucer's Prologue to Pilgrimage: The Two Voices," ELH 21 (1954): 4. 26. Mann, Chaucer and Medieval Estates Satire, pp. 187-202. 27. A preliminary theoretical working out of this understanding can be found in Judson B. Allen and Patrick Gallacher, "Alisoun through the Look­ ing Glass: or Every Man His Own Midas," Chaucer Review 4 (1970): 99-105. 28. In such a modern view, Chaucer becomes a sympathetic admirer of all the ways of life represented by his pilgrims. See Donaldson, "Chaucer the Pilgrim," p.

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