“Canterbury Tales has thirty-one pilgrims but only twenty-four stories.”
“Someone’s getting in there and erasing the story from within.”
“I think I can see a pattern beginning to emerge. The Merchant’s Wife was the first to go, followed by The Milliner’s Tale, The Peddler’s Cok, the Cuckold’s Revenge, The Maiden’s Wonderful Arse and, most recently, The Contest of Farts. The Cook’s Tale is already half gone—it looks as though whoever is doing this has a problem with the healthy vulgarity of Chaucerian texts.”
“In that case, it looks like we have an active cells of Bowdlerizers at work again. The Miller’s Tale will be the next to go.”
- Jasper Fforde, Lost in a Good Book
Read this, no seriously, go read the Thursday Next series if you love literature. She’s a literary detective in Alternate Universe 1985 England with time travel, cloning, and people with the ability to enter stories. Plus, it’s very British in style.
I read the first of these this year. It was super fun.
“People create stories create people; or rather stories create people create stories.”