The Canterbury Tales: The Second Nun's Tale Lines 414-441 Summary
But the ministers, converted by Cecilia's wise teaching, weep and come to true belief upon her words, and cry more and more.
They say, "Christ, God's son, who is one and the same with God, is very God – this is all our meaning – who has so good a servant to serve him. With one voice we believe this, though we die."
Almachius, hearing of this, commands that they bring Cecilia to him, so he can see her.
This is the first thing he asks: "What kind of a woman are you?"
Cecilia says, "I am a gentle woman born." (So she's a member of the upper class.)
"I ask you," says Almachius, "though it grieve you, about your religion and belief."
"You have begun your question foolishly," says Cecilia, "if you want two answers to one question. You asked unlearnedly."
Almachius answers, "Where does your rude answer come from?"
"From where?" says she when questioned. "From conscience, and from genuine good faith."
Almachius replies, "Don't you have any respect for my power?"
And she answers him like this: "Your power is not very scary. The power of every mortal man is like a bladder full of air, truly. For when it is pricked with the point of a needle, all its false boasting is punctured and exposed."