Ful semyly hir wympul pynched was;
Hire nose tretys, her eyen greye as glas,
Hir mouth ful smal and ther-to softe and reed;
But sikerly she hadde a fair forheed;
It was almoost a spanne brood, I trowe
(= Her wimple [like a balaclava] was done up very nicely / Her nose well formed, her eyes as grey as glass / Her mouth very petite, and soft and red / But truly she had a pretty forehead / It was about seven to nine inches wide, I believe.)
All of the Prioress’s physical features (nose, high forehead, grey eyes) match up with he courtly stereotypes. Chaucer seems determined to cast her in this role. Later in The Prioress’s Tale we understand more of her background and why she tells the story she tells.
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