| Quote #1
Cecile may eek be seyd, in this manere,
The narrator's explication of Cecilia's name establishes the themes that will be prominent in her tale. Here, the narrator introduces Cecilia as wise ("for hir grete light of sapience"), and makes the connection between vision ("wantynge of blyndnesse") and wisdom, a connection that will reappear in the tale itself.
| Quote #2
Right so men goostly, in this mayden free,
Here the narrator compares Cecilia's spiritual faculties to the "sonne and moone and sterres" that people can see in the heavens (108). This comparison again connects wisdom to light, and through light and 'cleernesse,' to vision.
| Quote #3
Valerian, corrected as God wolde,
In portraying Valerian as "corrected," the narrator positions Cecilia as a teacher figure. Just as a teacher corrects a student's papers, Cecilia corrects her husband. At the same time, it implies that this 'correction' originates with God – it occurs "as God wolde."